As a founder member of Mystery Women in 1997, promoting Crime Fiction has always been my passion.
Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
New reviews are posted daily, but to search for earlier reviews please click on the Mystery People link below and select 'reviews' from the welcome page. This will displays an alphabetic option for you to find the review you would like to read
For PREVIOUS REVIEWS- Click on MYSTERY PEOPLE below -
Published by Severn House, 26 January
2016. ISBN: 978-0-7278-8588-3
Following the death
of her marriage to Jack the Love Rat, Ex-Police detective, Alex Quick has
rebuilt her life as an author.And now
writing art books in collaboration with acclaimed art historian and university
professor Dr Helena Drummond things are going well.
Helena Drummond is a character that leaps off the page - she
is fun and vibrant with a busy vivid social life.With an important meeting scheduled with a
potential publisher the next day, Alex beseeches her to be on time. Helena
assures her that she will, provided she isn’t kidnapped by her stalker.Alex takes that comment lightly. Helena is
prone to exaggeration.
When Helena fails to make the meeting Alex goes to her
house, but doesn’t find Helena. Just a mutilated dead body.
With Helena missing she becomes the police’s prime suspect
for the killing.But Alex is convinced
that her friend isn’t a killer, and with the police not looking for anyone else
for the crime, Alex sets out to track down the killer herself.However, the more she discovers, the more
she realises that she didn’t know her friend at all.Helena has been very economical with her
personal information. There are, it appears, many secrets that she hasn’t
shared, but is she a killer?
As Alex uncovers new information she explores several
theories as to the killer’s identity which takes her and the story in all sorts
of directions. As an ex-police Inspector
Alex still has police contacts, and one in particular is helpful hoping that
she will return to the force.
Alex is an engaging character, and I see that the good news
is that this is the start of a new series.
An intriguing mystery with a complex plot that keep me avidly
turning the pages as I tried to work out whodunit.Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Susan Moodywas born and brought up in Oxford. She has published over 30 crime
and suspense novels, including the Penny Wanawake series and the Cassandra
Swann bridge series. She is a past Chairman of the British Crime Writers'
Association, a member of the Detection Club, a past Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tasmania and a past President of the
International Association of Crime Writers. She divides her time between
south-west France and
Nominated for the CWA short story award. Nominated for the RNA's