Welcome to my stop on the Death Remembered blog tour! 🙂
I’m so glad I was able to participate in this blog tour. I love cozy mysteries and this debut novel is really good.
Standalone 1st Book in the A Sleuthing Club Mystery series
Genre: Cozy mystery
Publication date: July 16, 2020
Death Remembered begins by introducing us to the main characters and other people of Harrington Without, and giving us a glimpse of everyone’s personalities through the eyes of the MC, Charity Nicholls.
Although the poison-pen letters appear right in the beginning, the first half of the story is slow and takes its time to build up the suspense. Charity’s efforts at finding the writer of the letters is constantly frustrated by the police who obviously don’t want a girl interfering with their investigation.
The Sleuthing Club (formed by Charity and her friends in the village) has some meaningful debates and discussions around crime fiction writers and characters, which I enjoyed a lot.
The second half of the novel picks up speed suddenly, possibly because that’s where most of the action is. Charity does a fair bit of moving around and snooping to unravel the clues and often puts herself in danger.
The clues are right there if you care to look closely, but I was distracted by a budding romance. I was also suspecting the wrong character all the while because I mistrusted him.
The story is set in the 1950s and describes the social beliefs of the time. I was fuming on behalf of Charity and Rosie for being the target of village gossip just because they flouted convention.
I’m not ashamed to admit I was running around in circles until the big reveal–unable to figure out who the murderer could be. The final scene of the story is unexpectedly action-packed and entertaining.
I liked the fact that by the end of the story, Charity finds some direction and meaning in life. I’m sure we’ll get to know more of what she does to move towards her goal in the next book.
And may I also say that I love the attractive, old-world cover art!
Thank you to the author and Rachel for my review copy!
The sun is shining, the birds are singing, but Charity Nicholls is bored of her quiet life in a tiny English village where nothing ever happens. Other than her nagging, marriage-obsessed mother, all she has to fill the time are her dreams of becoming a writer, and the Sleuthing Club – the mystery-reading book club she attends every week.
But everything changes the day her father receives a poison pen letter.
With the help of the Sleuthing Club, particularly handsome Henry Taylor, Charity is determined to find the culprit. But when people start dying and the police arrive, led by the infuriating Inspector James Lawrence, her little village becomes a hotbed of crime.
Can Charity find the murderer before anyone else dies?
Perfect for fans of Helena Dixon and T E Kinsey.
About K E Coburn
K E Coburn lives by the seaside in Kent, England, and spends her time plotting murders and mayhem for her imaginary friends in the Sleuthing Club!
As well as having a master’s degree in history, she’s a huge fan of everything vintage, especially the 1950s, and loves researching this interesting period. Nothing makes her happier than looking at old photographs, drinking old-fashioned cocktails, and doing as little work as possible.
Her debut novel Death Remembered: A Sleuthing Club Mystery (Book 1) will be published in July 2020.
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