Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Book #Review ~ Spruced Up for Murder by Helen Golden ~ #CozyMystery @rararesources

Death at Francis Court Now Confirmed as Murder!

Speculation is rife that the victim, estate manager Alex Sterling (44), was found by Lady Beatrice (35), the Countess of Rossex, niece of King James. Lady Beatrice, who has finally come out of hiding following her son’s departure to boarding school, has been managing the project to refurbish and redesign the Events Suite at Francis Court, alongside Perry Juke.

Heading up the murder investigation is Detective Chief Inspector Richard Fitzwilliam. Rumour has it that he and Lady Beatrice have a fractious history…

Awful man! How dare Fitzwilliam suggest Lady Beatrice’s sister is the number one suspect for Alex’s murder. It could be any one of the staff who were on-site that morning. Well, she’ll show Mr High and Mighty Fitzwilliam! With her attention to detail, her clever dog Daisy, Perry’s imagination, and his partner’s contacts at Fenshire CID, they’ll find the murderer before him.

Unless the murderer finds her first…

Publisher: ‎ Drew Bradley Press
Publication Date: ‎ October 19, 2022
Print Length: ‎ 330 pages

My Review:

Spruced Up for Murder is an excellent who-dun-it.  The story was told from multiple perspectives and each was clearly discernable. I was never confused at who was speaking or who the chapter was about. I enjoyed the multiple threads in this well-planned, perfectly executed, and cleverly disguised murder mystery. The author did a wonderful job introducing the characters, setting up the mystery, and building up the suspense as the investigation moves through all of its stages. 

Lady Bea, Chief Inspector Fitzwilliam, Perry, and Simon are a wonderful quartet of characters. Lady Bea and Fitzwilliam made me chuckle. I loved their interactions. Perry and Simon are sweet and I love how their affections for Lady Bea grew throughout the book, and vice-versa. Lady Bea's background is sad and still affects her in the present but I watched some of her layers peel back as the book progressed. 

The entire book was easy to read, kept my interest, and I was fully engaged. I love the author's writing style and I find the language and idioms from writers in other countries interesting and informative. The author's writing is descriptive and I felt like I was at Francis Court. 

I was provided a copy of this book to read and loved every single minute.

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Meet the Author:

Hello. I’m Helen Golden. I write British contemporary cozy whodunnits with a hint of humour. I live in small village in Lincolnshire in the UK with my husband, my step-daughter, her two cats, our two dogs, sometimes my step-son, and our tortoise.

I used to work in senior management, but after my recent job came to a natural end I had the opportunity to follow my dreams and start writing. It's very early in my life as an author, but so far I'm loving it.

It’s crazy busy at our house, so when I’m writing I retreat to our caravan (an impulsive lockdown purchase) which is mostly parked on our drive. When I really need total peace and quiet, I take it to a lovely site about 15 minutes away and hide there until my family runs out of food or clean clothes

Social Media Links – insta – https://www.instagram.com/helengolden_author/

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