[Book Review] A Mirror Murder by Helen Hollick

Eighteen-year-old library assistant Jan Christopher’s life is to change on a rainy Friday evening in July 1971, when her legal guardian and uncle, DCI Toby Christopher, gives her a lift home after work. Driving the car, is her uncle’s new Detective Constable, Laurie Walker – and it is love at first sight for the young couple.

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I’m delighted to review A Mirror Murder by Helen Hollick as part of a Damp Pebbles blog tour. Many thanks to Emma for offering me a spot.

Here are my thoughts about the book:

A Mirror Murder front cover
Front cover

My Review of A Mirror Murder

A Mirror Murder is an engaging cozy mystery with a little romance tucked inside the story. I pride myself on being able to spot the murderer using clues that authors offer, but I wasn’t able to guess who it was.

The ending is rather sad and left me heartbroken, but it also reminds me that even the quietest of neighborhoods may harbor bad people.

Aunt Madge is my favorite character–her vivacity, her independence, her selflessness, and her love for her husband won me over. I wasn’t too impressed with her niece, Jan Christopher, though. It seemed like she was the wishy-washy kind, even though she tries to solve the murder on her own.

A Mirror Murder is detailed and complex and requires you to put your entire attention to the story. It’s a short book, though, and you can easily finish it in a sitting or two. One of the settings is a public library and I enjoyed reading about the colorful lives of the library assistants.

The pacing of the story is perfect–there are no boring dips to slow you down. The author provides some trivia every now and then that I found quite interesting.

A Google search tells me that Helen Hollick is known for her works of historical fiction. I should check them out, too!

(I received a review copy from Damp Pebbles Blog Tours with a request for an honest review.)


Blurb of A Mirror Murder

Eighteen-year-old library assistant Jan Christopher’s life is to change on a rainy Friday evening in July 1971, when her legal guardian and uncle, DCI Toby Christopher, gives her a lift home after work. Driving the car, is her uncle’s new Detective Constable, Laurie Walker – and it is love at first sight for the young couple.

But romance is soon to take a back seat when a baby boy is taken from his pram, a naked man is scaring young ladies in nearby Epping Forest, and an elderly lady is found, brutally murdered…

Are the events related? How will they affect the staff and public of the local library where Jan works – and will a blossoming romance survive a police investigation into murder?


Details of A Mirror Murder

Published in paperback and digital formats by Taw River Press on 13th January 2021

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3lnJd9C

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3czU5gx


About Helen Hollick

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First published in 1994, Helen became a USA Today Bestseller with her historical novel, The Forever Queen (titled A Hollow Crown in the UK) with the sequel, Harold the King (US: I Am The Chosen King) being novels that explore the events that led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Her Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy is a fifth-century version of the Arthurian legend, and she writes a nautical adventure/fantasy series, The Sea Witch Voyages. She is now branching out into the quick read novella, ‘Cosy Mystery’ genre with her new venture, the Jan Christopher Murder Mysteries, set in the 1970s, with the first in the series, A Mirror Murder (due to be published in early 2021) incorporating her, often hilarious, memories of working as a library assistant.

Her non-fiction books are Pirates: Truth and Tales and Life of A Smuggler. She lives in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in North Devon, runs Discovering Diamonds, a review blog for historical fiction, and occasionally gets time to write…

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HelenHollick

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HelenHollickAuthor

Website: https://www.helenhollick.net/

Newsletter Subscription: http://tinyletter.com/HelenHollick

Main Blog: www.ofhistoryandkings.blogspot.com

Amazon Author Page (Universal Link) http://viewauthor.at/HelenHollick


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