When the body of a woman is discovered on the common, DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called in to investigate. But the motive behind the crime isn’t easy to identify… And it all comes back to a book club.
Imagine nine women meeting. Tea and cake is on the coffee table. They’ve come together to share their love of books. They are friends. They trust each other. It’s a happy gathering. What could be more harmless?
Then scratch the surface and look closer.
One is lonely. One is desperate and one of them is a killer.
As the lies, volatile friendships and tension among the group rise to the surface, DCI Barrett and DI Palmer must work out the motive and track down a cold-blooded killer. But just when they think they are on the right track, a twist in the case throws them off course…
Everyone has their secrets.
Murder At The Book Club is a highly entertaining and enthralling read.
I loved the whole idea behind the story line with it being to do with a book club. To spend time with a mix of people who love books as much as I do. I mean what could possibly go wrong?
There is a great cast of characters in this story. I love how each one stands out in their own right. Some stand out more than others due to their strong personalities of which some I could easily see me being friends with, others, well not so much.
The story reminded me slightly of Midsomer Murders. I easily could see this being run as one of the episodes as they usually have quite a big cast and the author certainly keeps you on edge as to who the killer is up until she is ready for all to be revealed. Even though there are quite a few characters, the story line is really easy to keep up with as well as the characters. It actually felt like being with my friends and having a good gossip as all the secrets and lies start to come to light.
Whilst not as dark as my usual crime books, Murder at The Book Club was such an enjoyable read. It is very much a ‘whodunnit’ and it certainly doesn’t disappoint when all is revealed. As usual, I never guessed so was as surprising to me as it was for some of the other characters. I bet this would make a brilliant book to discuss at book club!
My thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Frailty, Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.
As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”
Betsy Reavley currently lives in London, with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat and chickens.
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