Category : Fiction
Genre : Cozy Murder Mystery
No. of Pages : 162 Pages
Format : E-Book
Publication Date : January 13, 2021
Read Date : March 30, 2021
Rating : 5/5
Recommendation : Yes
“Why borrowers cannot put a book back where they got it from, and the right way round, is beyond me.”
Jan Christopher (will not reveal the full form of Jan) is a librarian & niece of Detective Chief Inspector Toby Christopher. When Detective Constable Laurie Walker is appointed to work under her uncle there’s a spark between the two – Love at first sight for walker.
But their love story takes a back seat when after a romantic movie date they find Mrs. Norris, a regular at Jan’s library, dead in her house. While the investigation goes on, Jan & Laurie do manage to catch up with each other, but it’s mostly for discussing the crime.
Meanwhile, there are a few “flashers” in the Epping Forest, enjoying “naturism” which is a harrasment to the onlookers, Jan & her aunt being the victims. A baby went missing from the pram as per the newspaper headlines. Also, Jan has her doubts that one of her colleagues is being inflicted to violence by her boyfriend & she actually wants to confirm the same.
The book has lived up to its genre of being a “cozy murder mystery” happening in the 1970s, with all the “whodunnit” vibes. The narration is done in two POVs – Jan & Walker’s. About the murder, there is not a single hint giving away the suspense until the author finally decides to unravel it. And, I won’t lie after giving me all the coziness the truth hit me like a cold wintery morning, it gave me tears. Jan’s own little sleuthing was fun to read, with her naiveness & flaws.
The warm romance between Jan & Walker is heart melting & it develops beautifully along with the plot with the little gestures of love here & there. I’ve liked all the four prime characters – Jan the most, she seemed so realistic. And, and who doesn’t enjoy a book that has a library in it with the main character as librarian?
This book is a short, quick & gripping one. There is so much happening & as a reader you want to know it all…quench that thirst soon.
All in all the author has done a stupendous work in just 162 pages.
About the Author :
First published in 1994, Helen Hollick became a USA Today Bestseller with her historical novel, The Forever Queen (titled A Hollow Crown in the UK) with the sequel, Harold the King (US: I Am The Chosen King) being novels that explore the events that led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Her Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy is a fifth-century version of the Arthurian legend, and she writes a nautical adventure/fantasy series, The Sea Witch Voyages. She is now branching out into the quick read novella, ‘Cosy Mystery’ genre with her new venture, the Jan Christopher Murder Mysteries, set in the 1970s, with the first in the series, A Mirror Murder (due to be published in early 2021) incorporating her, often hilarious, memories of working as a library assistant.
Her non-fiction books are Pirates: Truth and Tales and Life of A Smuggler. She lives in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in North Devon, runs Discovering Diamonds, a review blog for historical fiction, and occasionally gets time to write…
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