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Series: Cornish Castle Mystery #1
Title: Death Plays a Part by Vivian Conroy
Author: Vivian Conroy
Publisher: HQ Digital, Harper Collins UK
Published: July 5th, 2017
What a brilliant closed door murder mystery this proved to be – I loved it! The Cornish Castle is on the island of Cornisea, linked to the mainland by a causeway during low tides and it is to this castle that Guinevere is going to work for the summer. She usually works as a theatrical costume maker but the theatre where she works is closed for renovations and one of the crew encouraged her to apply for this summer post cataloguing books in the castle library. She arrives to discover there’s a reenactment planned portraying the trial of Branok the Coldhearted and she looks forward to seeing if she can help in any way. What she and the other islanders didn’t anticipate is one of them being murdered whilst locked in a cell in the castle dungeon! With all the evidence suggesting the castle owner, Lord Bolingbrooke, is the killer it is up to his son, Oliver and Guinevere to uncover the islanders secrets and discover the perpetrator!
The big mystery in this case is how someone could carry out the murder. Oliver and Guinevere work well together, with the help of her delightful dachshund, Dolly, and the support of the investigating detective. I was impressed how applying logic and Guinevere’s previous experience of murder mysteries in the theatre all slowly reveal more clues. It is somewhat reminiscent of a modern day Agatha Christie mystery with younger sleuths applying their little grey cells in a constructive manner to work out just how the murder was carried out and by whom!
The setting for the series is brilliant, the characters well developed and easy to relate to, the plot is well structured with plenty of puzzles to confound the reader along the way. I highly recommend this delightful murder mystery and I can’t wait to read the sequel, Rubies in the Roses, and I’m so glad it is due to be released next month so there won’t be a long wait!
I requested and was given a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
With high tide comes murder…
When her beloved London theatre closes for renovations, costume maker Guinevere is excited to start a job at Cornisea castle, a centuries-old keep on a small tidal island off the coast of Cornwall. Imagine a whole summer full of stories of hidden treasures, fab food and long walks with her perky dachshund Dolly.
But when a reenactment of a medieval trial in the castle dungeons ends in real-life murder, and accusations threaten the castle’s future, Guinevere and Dolly dig deep into the island community’s best-kept secrets to unmask the killer and save their Cornish summer.
The first book in the Cornish Castle Mystery series with the second instalment RUBIES IN THE ROSES coming August 2017!
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