Liar in the Library
June 16th, 2019 by diane92345

Death, by walnut, of an insufferable writer is about to be pinned on Jude. So she must find the real killer in Liar in the Library.

I’ve read most of the author’s Charles Paris series of behind-the-stage-door mysteries and enjoyed them. When I saw this book, the 18th in the Fettering mysteries but my first, on NetGalley, I snatched it up. Maybe I had too high of expectations but the Liar in the Library didn’t hold my interest. The murderer was too easy to detect. In addition, I didn’t connect with either of the main characters. Overall, it was a disappointment that I can’t recommend. 2.5 stars.

Thanks to Black Thorn Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Suffering of Strangers
June 14th, 2019 by diane92345

“Clap clap. She ducked a minute too late as the coil of rope settled around her neck.” from the prologue of the Suffering of Strangers.

Roberta has had a day. Her six week old son will not stop crying. Her husband calls and wants her to pick up some champagne to celebrate his new job. When she reaches the store, her son is blessedly silent. She decides to just run into the shop quickly while leaving her son in the car. When she returns both her car and son are gone. After a frantic search, Roberta finds her car but the infant in the car seat is not her son. DI Costello investigates.

Meanwhile, DCI Anderson is investigating a 20 year old cold case. A young mother is out late buying milk when she is roped around the neck, raped, and tossed behind some rubbish bins. She can’t recall what happened. Could this be part of a series?

I enjoyed guessing how these cases were connected and whodunit. However, jumping into this series at the ninth book may not be wise. While it can be read as a standalone, the sheer number of characters—some important for this story and some obviously carryovers from previous books—makes a slow and confusing book at the start. However, the momentum quickly builds after about 20% into a twisty conclusion.

The Suffering of Strangers is a rip-roaring British police procedural highly recommended for armchair detectives. However, it might be best to read at least one other entry in the series before beginning this book. 4 stars!

Thanks to Black Thorn Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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