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BODY ON THE ISLAND a gripping murder mystery packed with twists (Smart Woman's Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08W9F5ZKC
- Publisher : JOFFE BOOKS crime thrillers and mysteries (February 23, 2021)
- Publication date : February 23, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1296 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 258 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #351,460 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I loved the first book The Smart Women’s Guide to Murder and while this has some of the previous characters, smart dialogue and some laugh out loud moments despite the murders, I didn’t love it as much as the first book.
While some of the book club characters aren’t nice one or two of the new characters were extremely unpleasant and I was happy when the murderer got to them. Ursula’s quirks had begun to annoy by the end of the first book and so I was definitely over her constant feeling ill and fainting in this book. There was just a little too much sniping and Aunt Charlotte misunderstanding absolutely everything.
Body on the Island is a standalone book but the events in the first book are referenced quite a lot and I would suggest reading that book first, especially as you’ll realise who makes it out of the Slaughter House.
While I wasn’t so enthralled with this second book it was enjoyable and the author has a dark sense of humour running through the story.
“People died in a variety of gruesome ways. Book club stopped after that...Perhaps ours ended in a more dramatic fashion than most but you’d be surprised the tales people now tell me about their book clubs.”
The slaughter house left many for dead, and now Ursula has nightmares. She decides survival skills are just what she, her mother, and aunt need, and signs them up for a lovely weekend of foraging and camping in the forest...and learning how to survive. Unfortunately, others members of the ex-book club are taking the trip as well.
What’s even more unfortunate is that the boat they are on capsizes. They end up on a desolate island with no food, no WI-FI, and bodies dropping like flies.
I enjoyed the first book in the series (solid 3 stars, maybe 3.5). While it wasn’t groundbreaking, it had some biting dialogue, laughs, and some nice “locked-room” vibes.
There are things I enjoyed about this one too. The biting dialogue is still present, and the setup is very intriguing. However, I started losing interest in the second half as things became complicated (and maybe convoluted). The new characters were odd and not too enjoyable, but they were necessary to add to the body count and suspect list.
By the time all was revealed, I was over it.
And yet, I’m glad to have read this. I needed something amusing and on the lighter side to reset my reading batteries. While I’m not sure I will continue the series, I can appreciate the subtle entertainment it provides. I also chuckled at a few nuggets like this one:
“Mother...doesn’t like surprises, not since Dad bought her a Segway for her fiftieth instead of a Steinway. She doesn’t play the piano but an interior designer friend had said they were that season’s must-have photo shelf. Mother doesn’t have any photos either and didn’t warm to my suggestion that she could maybe take a few shots while she was touring around on her Segway.”
2.5 stars. Available now.
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It’s no word of a lie when I say that I became addicted to this story from the moment I clapped eyes on the synopsis. As soon as I started to read that was it- I knew that I would find it extremely difficult to put the book to one side. I think part of the attraction of the book was the fact that the characters were a wacky bunch. My Kindle wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me. I didn’t want to miss a second of the story. I became so wrapped up in the story that I lost all track of time and just how quickly the pages were turning. All too soon, I reached the end of the story and I had to say farewell to the crazy bunch.
‘Body On The Island’ is extremely well written. Victoria certainly knows how to grab your attention and draw you into the story. I particularly liked the fact that Victoria combines the drama with some pretty dark humour, which I found refreshing. I found that I kept chuckling away to myself practically all the way through the book. Reading ‘Body On The Island’ was like being on an unpredictable rollercoaster ride with a fair few twists and turns along the way. I found ‘Body On The Island’ to be a thoroughly enjoyable read, which kept my attention throughout and it certainly kept me guessing.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Body On The Island’ and I would recommend this book to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Victoria’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.