Title – Three Sisters (The Emily Castles Mystery #1)
Author – Helen Smith
Publisher – Tyger Books
Date Published – Feb 2011
# of pages – ebook (17,000 words, ~70 pages)
Genres & Themes: Fiction, Cozy Mystery
GoodReads – 12 Ratings, 4.17 Average Rating
Amazon.com – 18 Customer Reviews, 4.0 Average Rating
My Rating: 3/5
It's bonfire night in London. Emily has been invited to a party in the big house at the end of her street by the new owners, whom she has never met. Emily's dog Jessie has recently died so Emily is feeling a little raw and emtional. How could she know, as she left her house that evening, that she was making an appointment with death?
Three Sisters is short fiction - approximately 17,000 words, equivalent to around 70 printed pages. It is the first story in a new comic mystery series by award-winning novelist Helen Smith, featuring amateur sleuth, Emily Castles.
It's a cozy mystery and it contains no swear words or sexual content.
What I thought:
Emily is sad because her dog dies but decides to go to the party anyways. Her neighbor has hired a performance troop and everything seems…different. For these people are putting on a show, but everything else they’re doing in-between performances can be part of the act too. So when Emily sees two of the performers fighting before their knife-throwing performance and one of them “accidently” stabs the girl in the chest, she’s not sure if she should believe her miraculous resurrection or not.
This story was so fun to read! The tone was dark and mysterious, yet it really held on to a cozy vibe at the same time. I loved her reminiscing about her dog and in the end how that helped her to solve the mystery. The whole performance troop thing was really fun too. Some of the characters refused to talk to her about the mystery until their performance was over and she had to figure out what to do in order for their performances to stop. Overall it was a good, fast read, that I would recommend to all cozy mystery lovers.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended to: Cozy mystery lovers.
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