Death Plays A Part by Vivian Conroy #BlogTour @VivWrites

I’m delighted to be a stop today on the blog tour for Death Plays A Part the first book in the Cornish Castle Mystery series.

About this book…

With high tide comes murder…

When her beloved London theatre closes for renovations, costume maker Guinevere is excited to start a job at Cornisea castle, a centuries-old keep on a small tidal island off the coast of Cornwall. Imagine a whole summer full of stories of hidden treasures, fab food and long walks with her perky dachshund Dolly.

But when a reenactment of a medieval trial in the castle dungeons ends in real-life murder, and accusations threaten the castle’s future, Guinevere and Dolly dig deep into the island community’s best-kept secrets to unmask the killer and save their Cornish summer.

The first book in the Cornish Castle Mystery series with the second instalment RUBIES IN THE ROSES coming August 2017!

My review…

I do love a cosy mystery and I found this one rather better than some others I have read recently mainly due to the fabulous main character Guinevere and her adorable little dachshund Dolly who goes elsewhere with her. When they head off to Cornwall to work at the castle on the island of Cornisea they have no idea that they are about to become involved in a murder enquiry.

I loved Guinevere and the setting here on Cornisea island. Vivian Conroy has created a visual feast where I found it comparatively easy to visualise the characters and their surroundings which then lead me to think that it would make a great transition from book to t.v. drama. There was a timeless feel to it that captured the atmosphere of a more sedate bygone era, even though it’s set in the modern day, making a pleasant change to the gritty dark police thrillers I have been reading recently. I found it an easy read as the narrative flowed along with the fluidity of intrigue following Guinevere and her “partner in crime” Oliver as they try to solve what should really be an open and shut case. Throw in some local legends about buried treasure, some quirky villagers and you have the perfect package for this delectable cosy mystery and one that I’m happy to recommend.

Death Plays a Part (Cornish Castle Mystery, Book 1) is available to purchase now at Amazon UK.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.