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In Three Sisters, we're introduced to Emily Castles, a perfectly normal woman who just happens to pay a little more attention to what's going on around her than most. This interesting trait leads Emily into the world of sleuthing, and the reader can't help but follow on her heels--wondering all the while what danger she might be getting herself into.
Helen Smith's descriptions are clever, creative and richly-textured, and her dry, understated wit never fails to bring a smile to my face.
I look forward to more Emily Castles adventures!
Three sisters- I loved it, I mean who doesn't love a party with alittle murder on the side? I love mystery books but most of the books I have read the person is always found after the murder takes place. I love how the author describes everything and paints a picture for the reader to be able to picture what's happening in your mind's eye that's why I love books it's like a movie playing in your head, but that's only if the author can spark your interest and keep it through the whole book, and she has sparked my interest.
Showstoppers- who doesn't like the theater? Some not very nice letters and a "killer" video shot a while back that should of never been, everyone has skeletons in their closet that they don't want anyone to know about but alittle death too?
Real Elves- it's Christmas and the setup to see Santa sounds so magical and fanatic. Let us take a trip through the enchanted forest.
I really liked this book can't wait to read more of Emily's mysteries!
Imagine one of the murder mystery dinner shows that are popular many places, only make the murder real with only one person actively trying to solve the crime. In essence, that describes at a very high level the plot of Three Sisters. You have a cast of characters with strange quirks and uncertain allegiances. A murder even the police aren't convinced happened. A house and yard full of potential suspects. Someone has to figure out what really happened. As a short mystery, it all works quite well.
However, as I've found with other books of Smith's, the big picture - the actual plot or storyline - is a relatively small part of the pleasure I got from reading Three Sisters. Instead, it's the way she has of describing people and places. A subtle wit. Generally, just an evocative and clever way she has with words that those who appreciate language will love for its own sake as much as the story.
The cozy mystery is a sub-genre I couldn't have defined or even known had I seen it. Luckily Wikipedia purports to answer all my questions. Among other things, Wikipedia says cozy mysteries are built around the inhabitants of a small, insular community (a London neighborhood in this case), with characters that are often eccentric and provide comic relief. The emphasis is on puzzle solving, with the protagonist using their intelligence and knowledge of the community dynamics to solve the mystery. Examples of the genre given included Agatha Christie's Miss Marple books and the American television series, "Murder, She Wrote."
Having read several of Helen Smith's books, it struck me how well the cozy mystery sub-genre plays to her strengths as a writer. Her prose is comfortable (dare I say cozy?) while still feeling more literary than a typical genre book. Her books are full of humor, but it is subtle -- if you aren't paying attention, it will fly past and you'll miss it. More Woody Allen or Steven Wright than Mel Brooks or Benny Hill. More intellectual (or assuming intelligence on the part of the reader) than slapstick.
If I had any complaint with "Three Sisters," the first book in this series, it would be that I was well into the book before finding out what the "mystery" was. This isn't an issue with "Showstoppers," as we find out about the mystery (or at least the initial mystery) early on. As Emily works toward the solution, we meet plenty of those quirky characters and Smith gives us numerous puzzle pieces to decipher along with Emily.
This is a Christmas themed story that is part of Helen Smith’s mystery series. As with the rest of the Emily Castles series, this story fits in the cozy mystery subgenre, but unlike the others, there is no body or murderer to find. Fans of Emily will enjoy this light-hearted short story while those who haven’t discovered her will find this a quick introduction. I enjoy Smith’s books for their wry sense of humor and her unique author’s voice. Real Elves is the perfect Christmas read for mystery lovers.
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