I have so enjoyed Fliss Chester’s books but mysteries that have a limited cast of suspects and everyone trapped (in a train, or in a manor, etc.) are not my favourite. “Death on the Scotland Express” is exactly that, the person killed isn’t a surprise and neither is the guilty party which makes for a slow book. The leading characters and the writing style redeem the novel and makes it an enjoyable read. I will be picking up the next one! It’s a four out of five on the enjoyment scale.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
From the back cover;
Someone on board has a deadly destination in mind… can Cressida stop them before it’s too late?
After an eventful trip to the Scottish Highlands, Cressida Fawcett is looking forward to being back among her society friends in London. Enjoying an ice-cold martini in the lounge car of the express train, loyal pug Ruby on her lap, she’s ready to blow off some steam!
But Cressida’s hopes for a relaxing journey are dashed when a gunshot resounds through the carriages. Industrial tycoon Lewis Warriner has been shot dead in his cabin. And as this train has been racing through the countryside, the culprit must be among Cressy’s fellow passengers…
Teaming up with Detective Andrews of Scotland Yard, also on his way back to London, they work their way through the suspects. Did Warriner’s mistress, a famous dancer, see his death as her ticket on to the silver screen? Or was it the mysterious man who can’t take his eyes off Lewis’s close companion?
When the murder weapon is found in the compartment Mr Warriner’s wife occupies alone, she becomes the chief suspect. Until there’s another gunshot. When Cressida finds out that Andrews is hit, panic sets in, but she must try to stay calm.
But with her friend and co-investigator out of action, can Cressida get the journey, and the investigation, back on track? And will she catch the murderer before they reach their final destination?