I love a good mystery and try to work it out before the author reveals the answer is one of my favourite things. These are three novels I really enjoyed:
It’s all about the twists with a mystery and The Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith, hitting shelves 27 November, has great ones. The complex history of the Russians in and just after World War One gives a fresh perspective on the period and adds a depth to the investigation. Well-rounded characters make it a delight to read and Poppy, in particular, is fabulous! Adam and Delilah hold a close second for me and the opaque Russians leave one guessing throughout. The pace and writing is enjoyable and the light humour through banter keeps one chuckling. I’ll be reading the next one!
From the back cover:
Poppy Denby, Arts and Entertainment Editor at The Daily Globe, covers an exhibition of Russian Art, hosted by White Russian refugees, including members of the surviving exiled Romanov Royal family. There is an armed robbery, a guard is shot, and the largest Fabergé Egg in the collection is stolen. The egg itself is valuable, but more so are the secrets it contains within – secrets that could threaten major political powers. Suspects are aplenty, including the former keeper of the Fabergé Egg, a Russian Princess called Selena Romanova Yusopova. The interim Bolshevik Russian ambassador, Vasili Safin inserts himself into the investigation, as he believes the egg – and the other treasures – should all be restored to the Russian people. Poppy, her editor Rollo, press photographer Daniel, and the other staff of the Globe are delighted to be once again in the middle of a sensational story. But, soon the investigation takes a dark turn when another body is found and an employee of the newspaper becomes a suspect… The race is on to find both the key and the egg – can they be found before the killer strikes again?
Wow!! Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Colbie is a fantastic combination of mystery and romance! It’s my first from this author’s and I’ll be back for more! Multiple character viewpoints make the story multi-dimensional and one gets to climb into the mind of both victims and predators. Biblical truth is woven gently into the story and the development of the characters is great!
From the back cover:
Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living. Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family. The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance. Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a local stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last. Set on the beautiful coast of Maine, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens brings together suspense, romance, and the hope that one day new life will come again.
Tangled Webs by Irene Hanson is the third in the series and a great mix of adventure, mystery and romance. Reading the previous two isn’t required (I haven’t read it) as whilst there is character overlap they are independent stories. Our two leads, one a book editor and the other a former military man, are easy to relate to and well-rounded characters in a rustic environment. Pacy and interesting, the story takes several unexpected turns. I read it through in one sitting. The action doesn’t abate as the characters face new challenges and dangers. Christianity is woven throughout and I enjoyed the humour as well. Perfect for a rainy day!
From the back cover:
After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn’t on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana’s foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action–ready or not.