Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Murder in Belgravia
The plotting and characterizations are well done and the dialogue is good, if somewhat breezily anachronistic (almost sarcastic in the modern usage of the word). The women in the book are given a very free rein to investigate and interview people; it's sometimes a trifle jarring in context.
The denouement was very abrupt and somewhat unexpected for me. I admit that it was pushing the boundaries for my suspension of disbelief that all the subplots were tied up so neatly and happily-ever-after-ly. I can understand the desire for the author to give the poor tortured and downtrodden secondary characters a chance at a better life; I just wasn't entirely sold on the deux ex machina methods of delivery.
That being said, this is an enjoyable 211 page cozy, well written and entirely readable from a new voice in historical crime. The author has written in other genres and for other audiences before. Due to be published 6th Dec, 2017 from Mirror Books, available in ebook and paperback formats.
Three and a half stars, I will be following this series further
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.