Murder by the Minster

by Helen Cox | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1529402212 Global Overview for this book
Registered by beeofgoodcheer of Stowmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom on 11/16/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by beeofgoodcheer from Stowmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom on Monday, November 16, 2020
It's a perfectly normal day for Kitt Hartley at her job at the University of the Vale of York library, until Detective Inspector Halloran arrives at her desk to tell her that her best friend, Evie Bowes, is under suspicion of murder. Evie's ex-boyfriend Owen has been found dead - with a fountain pen stabbed through his heart - and all the evidence points to her.

Kitt knows there is no way Evie could murder anyone - let alone Owen, who she adored. Horrified that the police could have got it so wrong, Kitt decides there's only one thing to do: she's going to investigate Owen's murder herself. She's read hundreds of mystery novels - how hard can it be?

With the help of her assistant Grace, and the occasional hindrance of the library's eccentric regulars, Kitt summons up all her investigative powers (absorbed over years of reading everything from Agatha Christie to Ian Rankin) and gets to work.

She soon discovers that down the quaint streets and snickelways of York lie darker doings than she'd ever dreamed, but she needs to watch her step: the murderer is watching her. And they haven't finished killing yet...

Journal Entry 2 by beeofgoodcheer at Stowmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom on Monday, November 16, 2020
This is marketed as a "cosy mystery" despite being about a serial killer and to be honest, this lazy classification sums up the effort needed to read this.

The bland characters and given "quirks" but no depth or realism, there's a needless romantic subplot (but no chemistry between the protagonists), no sense of place even though the book is set in York, one of the most historic cities in England. And as for knowledge of police procedure - well that seems to come from 1950s Miss Marple.

Not a fan.

Released 11 mos ago (12/20/2020 UTC) at Phonebox book exchange in Great Livermere, Suffolk United Kingdom

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