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A Mystery of Murder: A Jan Christopher Mystery : Episode 2 (Jan Christopher Mysteries) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B09GFRT61Y
- Publisher : Taw River Press (September 20, 2021)
- Publication date : September 20, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3956 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 171 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #731,088 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Ms Hollick promises a cosy mystery, and that is exactly what she delivers. While the crime itself is sinister, the setting is like wrapping your favourite blanket around you—a nice counter point to a story involving dire death. Jan Christopher is an engaging protagonist, brought to life with so much affection by the author that I suspect Jan offers Ms Hollick a nice little peep hole into some aspects of her own past. The young and conscientious DS Laurie Walker is a man of integrity—although Jan would probably mutter something about him having to become better at deflecting girls who try to kiss him.
All in all, A Mystery of Murder is like settling down before an open fire with a cup of tea at hand. The murder inquiry proceeds at a fast an exciting pace, while now and then Ms Hollick allow us to retreat into that warm and welcoming parlour and catch our breath together with the protagonists. Not a bad combo, all in all, and one Ms Hollick does a great job of delivering! 4.5 stars
Top reviews from other countries
Ms Hollick is well known in the historical fiction world, particularly for her Saxon and Conquest novels and her ‘swashbuckling’ adventures of a bold pirate with a conscience in the 18th century. However, she switched to cozy crime in January and produced A Mirror Murder, a gentle mystery elegiac of the 1970s.
Well, she’s continued with her young heroine, Jan Christopher, and has produced another cracking read. Don’t expect ‘flash, bang, wham’ action; this is a gently-paced story, but rich in period detail. Indeed that detail is a joy to read – never heavy, but always resonating with this reader. The Devon lanes, country cottages, quirky characters seem so realistic.
The investigating police are sympathetic and Jan’s own slow romance with Laurie develops within the social framework that many of us remember. Jan is young, somewhat naive, warm-hearted yet sensible and sometimes very quick-witted. She’s delightful. The supporting characters are distinctive and a right mixed bunch which makes the book even more memorable. If you like an absorbing, gentle read that will entertain you, but give you a genuine flavour of an era in the recent past, read this. I expect Jan’s put the kettle on for you…
- Further development of the central characters and their back stories, with an interesting jaunt down to Devon to spend Christmas with Jan's boyfriend's family.
- The introduction of some interesting new players.
- Evocative descriptions of life in rural Devon in the depths of December.
- A twisty plot with plentiful red herrings to allow the reader to solve the mystery alongside Jan and friends.
- Nostalgic and accurate depiction of a bygone era, really capturing life in 1971 (I remember it well!)
- Touching picture of Jan's world view at the tender age of 18 - how different the world looks for 21st century 18 year olds (of which my daughter is one!)
When so many books are so weighty these days, a nice quick read like this is refreshing and restful. I'm already looking forward to the next one!
A delightful tale. I look forward to reading more in the series.