Publisher: HQ Digital
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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.
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Every once in awhile I like to change things up and pick up a cozy mystery, there’s something comforting about these light mysteries that make for a nice change of pace. Death Plays a Part is the first book in a new series with an adorable and sweet lead character named Guinevere. Fans of this genre will adore her, she’s just a lovely character with that perfect combination of curiosity and charm that’s so appealing.
This was a quick read with fairly fast pacing, the action begins right away, almost as soon as Guinevere arrives in Cornisea. The setting was both pretty and slightly spooky, it has a deep history and the residents like to tell old ghost stories and legends which added drama to the story. There was a gossipy, small town feel as well, especially as many of the members of the town had secrets they intended to keep. There were plenty of suspects to choose from and Conroy really kept me on my toes trying to figure out whodunnit.
This was a good old fashioned mystery with no gory descriptions or graphic violence. Guinevere and Oliver made quite the pair of amateur sleuths and both were lovely and very likable. This was an enjoyable read with a puzzling mystery and I can’t wait to see what Guinevere and her sweet dog Dolly get up to next!
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.