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My original review of Episode 1:
One of my favorite things about reading is getting a sense of how an author's mind works. I've read several of Helen Smith's books, and I've come to expect fun stories and fascinating characters. The first episode of Invitation to Die is already fitting the bill quite nicely.
From the opening paragraphs, we all know who is expected to "get it in the neck" (poor lady), but who, pray tell, will be doing the dirty deed? And why? Not to mention when and how?
What follows is an introduction to a marvelous cast of well-fleshed characters, each one with a quirk (or two) that could very well lead to the committing of a villainous act.
I'm delighted by the chosen setting for the story: a conference for romance writers. When a group of talented, creative, extremely ambitious women are thrown together, anything can happen. (And I mean anything. Believe me! I've attended my fair share of romance writers' conferences. The stories I could tell would curl your hair. Perfect setting for a murder mystery.)
The last serial I read was years ago, when The Green Mile was published in installments. I can remember arriving at the bookstore, impatiently standing by as the bookstore owner broke open the carton of books. I feel exactly the same now. I want episode two of Invitation to Die! And I want it now!
Now that the series is complete, I want to add to my original first episode review and give a better idea of the book as a whole. Every book in the Emily Castles Mysteries has painted a better picture of who Emily is. There is something very appealing about this character. She finds herself in these random and bizarre circumstances and yet remains inquisitive and unflappable. I think part of what I like the most about Emily is that she is so down to earth and "normal" and yet she is constantly surrounded by these eccentric personalities that are so well developed and described by Helen Smith.
It is not necessary to have read any of the other two Emily Castles stories to read and enjoy Invitation to Die but if you haven't I highly recommend that you check out Three Sisters (Emily Castles Mysteries) and Showstoppers (Emily Castles Mysteries). They are both great!
I only started to like this book about half way through. The way the characters are introduced at the start of the book just doesn't work for me. The introduction of each character, one at a time, bringing them all together at the conference didn't work. This is a method I find works well in a movie or television show but not as well in writing. It leaves me with a kind of stop, go, stop, go feeling. You are just getting into one character and that character's story when you are abruptly brought to the next character. As a result, I felt the tension in the story line was considerably reduced.
Once past the rather lengthy intros, the story line and cast of characters keeps you amused. Since this is a about a conference for authors and bloggers, there are some discussions around the ethics of writing, issues of race and the writing method.
If you like the Mrs. Pollifax stories by Dorothy Gilman or enjoy Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, you will probably enjoy this book. I prefer my murder mysteries to be a little less sedate and a lot more intense.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book but it took a couple of chapters to get into it. The last few chapters were good. Then I couldn't put the book down.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sshh... whisper it, but I do have a secret passion for the subgenre of cosy crime! Before I gravitated to the altogether more hard-boiled, darker side of crime fiction I found my... Read morePublished 9 months ago by MRS V L HALL
I enjoyed the book, will look for more by the same author. I love mysteries, but do not enjoy the very graphic ones that seem to more and more take over the list.Published 9 months ago by Sylvia Skinner
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Invitation to Die is a cozy murder mystery. Read morePublished 9 months ago by lady g
I could not get beyond the first chapter. I found it to be convoluted and not at all written well. It made no sense to this reader. A fan of mystery... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Henrietta Walker
Emily Castles is out of work once again and as luck would have it, she finds work almost immediately. This job sounds pretty good. Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Escape Artist
This was the first book on CD from this author that I have read and I totally enjoyed the story as read by the Narrator, Alison Larkin. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cynthia
I got this book for a honest reveiw ,even though it was interesting, it was very slow paced,Published 12 months ago by kathy
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