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It took me a while to get used to some of the British dialogue and Ihave no idea of what the Italian phrases sprinkled throughout meant, but it made no difference in the reading of A Model Murder. I was hooked on page one and completely and pleasantly surprised when I reached theconclusion... Celia Conrad has jumped to the top ofmy favorite author list and Alicia Allen is without a doubt my favoritenew fictional lawyer/investigator crime solver..."
READERS' FAVORITE 5* Review
"When I first started reading A Model Murder I couldn't help feeling that Alicia was already a well established character that had been around the novel block a few times... I think being able to make you feel like you had spent time with a character before a debut novel takes some writing talent.
I think the author also showed off her skills in scene setting. I loved the seedy dirty atmosphere. I enjoyed the strong female lead and gritty backdrop. I look forward to meeting Alicia Allen again soon."
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From the Author
Alicia isvery much the product of my imagination, but I have used my experiencesof working within the legal profession and my love of Italy and Italianand, of course Pringles, in her creation.
- Publication date : November 1, 2012
- File size : 877 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Barcham Books; 1st edition (November 1, 2012)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00A0OKLIC
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,629,948 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author calls the books "cosy-legals". These are not the "cute-cozies" that have taken the U.S. by storm lately. These are old-fashioned, British cosies that ask you to sit back, relax, and live vicariously through the protagonist, as she lets you into her life, in the first-person, and introduces you to her friends, family, colleagues, and all her adventures.
The London location is strong in the books, with street names, districts, restaurants, cafes and clubs mentioned. This may appeal to Londoners, and Anglophiles.
This British cosy is rougher than an American cozy would be. The nature of the murder, and the misogyny of many of the men in the book, is harsh and revolting. There are also probably more details than American readers are used to in their cozies, which have been pared down over the years to the bare essentials.
This book is full of details that are not there in relation to the mystery, but are there purely to create a scene or an atmosphere. Americans may find the pace slow, and the abundance of phone conversations unusual, and the lack of commas jolting. The story itself is not artificially condensed, as many American books like to do. The story in A Model Murder takes place, realistically, over quite a few months.
These are not criticisms. I am just pointing these things out so American readers understand that this is a British novel, written to different standards than mass-market American novels.
Please read my full and illustrated review at Italophile Book Reviews.
In her journey to discover who's murdered one of her neighbors Alicia puts her own life in danger.
A Model Murder is a thrilling-chilling read.
What a great British mystery! Friends need to stick together and get justice for those they have lost. Alicia Allen is an attorney who strives to do the right thing even if it means giving up her dream job, so she can get some closure on the murder of a friend.
Alicia races against the clock to figure out who killed her friend before the killer strikes again.
I can't wait to read about the next adventure Alicia Allen has.
Top reviews from other countries
When Alicia's young friend Tammy is found murdered and the case becomes a cold-case file, Alicia takes it upon herself to find the killer and solve the murder. Not too many friends would risk their life in the name of honour and friendship. I felt the true friendship and caring for one another, as I watched them interact over a spot of tea. The only negative criticism I had with the book, was that I felt there was the introduction of too many characters all at once, which left the reader scrambling to catch up and be in sink. But maybe this is the British style.
Overall, I enjoyed this well written novel, which will appeal to many readers.
I found this book hard to put down and enoyed it right the way through - so many novels tend to die in the middle. The ending left me satisfied too - not hanging in space. Recommended!