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Hawksbury Press August 2017. ISBN: 978-1-911223-2-7 (PB)
Trick or Murder is
the second book in the Sophie Sayers mystery series. Set in the pretentiously
sounding Cotswold village of Wendlebury Barrow, that feels as if it is still
existing in the 1950s (unbelievably they still have a bookshop), this series is
a delightful cosy mystery.
In the previous book Sophie Sayers has moved to Wendlebury
Barrow after inheriting her aunt’s cottage and she is now trying to establish
her position in the village and set down roots. She works in the local
bookshop, which gives her the opportunity of meeting people and finding out
things, and she has a set of close but eccentric friends and neighbours. Sophie
is also pursuing the shop owner Hector and at the heart of this book is the
will-they-won’t-they romance. Alongside of this are the constant sagas caused
by the new local vicar, a tyrant dictator who doesn’t believe in fun and
offends everyone he meets.
Set around the time of Halloween, the vicar bans any kind of
festivities. Bonfire Night will be the only celebration and the hilarious
opening chapter portrays a visiting American couple viewing our British customs
as weird and somewhat scary as they speed through Wendlebury Barrow towards the
safety of a town.
The opening however is a foreshadowing of the unfolding story.
The local children have all been encouraged to create Guy Fawkes’ but one of
the ones on the bonfire is actually a real person. Who is on the bonfire and
why? Are they dead or alive? Will they be found? These are the questions that
stay with the reader as they progress through this warm and witty, feel-good
Reviewed by Christine
Debbie Young was
born and raised in Sidcup, Kent. When she was 14, her family relocated to
Germany for her father’s job. Debbie spent four years at Frankfurt
International School, broadening her outlook as well as gaining the then brand
new IB (International Baccalaureate). She returned to the UK to earn her BA
(Hons) in English and Related Literature at the University of York, then lived
and worked for a while in London and the West of England as a journalist and PR
consultant.In 1991 she moved to the
Cotswolds. In 2002, she married a Scot named Gordon whom she met in Swindon –
and not, as village rumour once had it, a Swede named Scottie.In 2003, her daughter Laura was born.Best Murder in Show was the first in her series
featuring Sophie Sayers. There are now a further three books in this series.
Christine Hammacott lives
near Southampton and runs her own design consultancy. She started her career
working in publishing as a book designer and now creates covers for indie-authors.
She writes page-turning fiction that deals with the psychological effects of
crime. To read a review of her debut novel The Taste of Ashclick
on the title.