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- Print Length: 104 pages
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- Publisher: Tyger Books Mysteries (February 5, 2011)
- Publication Date: February 5, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004M5HK0M
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the Author
Emily Castles is a twenty-six-year-old Londoner who lives in Brixton, south London, where I live. The London that you'll find in the Emily Castles Mysteries has familiar locations and landmarks. But it has a village feel that is typical in cozy mystery books (and not very typical of a big city like London): neighbors know each other and help each other out.
I started out reading Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, Ngaio Marsh and Arthur Conan Doyle, and I go back to their stories time and again, both on the page and on TV and film. Miss Marple has to be one of my all-time favorite characters in a book! More recently, I have enjoyed mysteries written by Charlaine Harris, Alexander McCall Smith and M C Beaton.
With the Emily Castles Mysteries, I wanted to create stories that use some of the enduringly popular ingredients from the golden age of British crime writing. But I have set them in the present day, so there's a little urban grit mixed in with the fun. Emily herself, with her dimples and her dark brown hair, her sweet nature, her good humor and her love of solving mysteries, is partly based on my daughter, who is around the same age. Unlike my daughter, Emily will never get older... only a little wiser, perhaps, and a little more adept at sleuthing as the series develops.
Like all my books, the Emily Castles Mysteries feature strong, interesting female characters, and plenty of funny lines. These are clean, comic mysteries that can be enjoyed by readers of any age. I hope readers will enjoy them and keep coming back for more.
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All the main characters are well defined. All elements of a good mystery are in it.
This is a short mystery which will have you guessing!
Emily lives in London and her dog has recently died. She does not appear to be close to anyone, yet decides to go to a neighbor's Halloween/Guy Falks party. It's kind of a weird, surrealistic situation. The neighbors are an artistic group of foreigners squatting in the house who put on little shows during the party including a knife throwing act. Emily believes one of the knife throwers is killed but has trouble getting anyone to believe her. The title of the book kills any suspense plus one of the troupe essentially tells her what really happened.
I liked the neighbor set up and the novel neighborhood party, but since there's no real mystery and Emily isn't developed much as a character there's no interest/climax.
I won’t go into the details of the plot in this story, since that would be giving too much away, but one thing I really enjoyed was the idea of a play hiding a murder mystery. It reminded me a bit of Hamlet. I also like the main character, Emily. She is very witty and funny, and the author has managed to make her come alive on the page through careful and believable characterization. She’s one of my top 5 fictional detectives now!
Overall, I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a cozy mystery to read on the beach this summer.
Emily was such a fun and genuinely likable character and it was nice to see how much she cared for her recently deceased dog, Jessie. It really added to her character and made me like her even more.
The mystery was quite creative and unexpected and was wrapped up satisfactorily by the end. I really liked that the mystery took place not over a number of days or weeks, but over just a single, rather chaotic night. It made it very intense and suspenseful with all the action being concentrated like that.
I am definitely looking forward to reading future Emily Castles stories! They're the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea and a couple cookies and I definitely recommend them!
Emily is headed to a party on her block in Brixton in London. She has kept to herself for most ot the time she has lived here. She lived here with her dog, Jessie until just recently when Jessie died. They are celebrating Halloween but since it was the weekend before Guy Fawkes Day, some were celebrating both. Emily doesn’t know what to expect from this party.
It is definitely a weird party. There are people dressed up in costumes and some dressed in evening clothes. Various acts are performing during the evening. People have brought food and there was barbequing going on as well. As Emily wanders through the garden and house, she comes across Zizi and Zsa-Zsa in one of the bedrooms. The girls are in costume and are very rude about closing the door. Emily finds out they are part of a Hungarian family well known for knife- throwing. She meets Joe and Chris who are hosting the party as well as Elise and Dr. Muriel who are guests. Emily has fun just watching the people as they party. When the knife-throwing event occurs, Zsa-Zsa is hit in the chest and Emily is sure she watched her die. The police were called but by the time they got there, Joe had revived Zsa-Zsa. Everyone thought it was part of the act; but Emily isn’t sure that Zsa-Zsa didn’t really die. What happened? What in the world is going on with this party? Emily just can’t let it go.
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Emily is not openly confident and but for the recent loss of her pet she may have ignored the party invitation. Perhaps decisions are often inconsequential in the grand scheme of things that we rarely weigh them up fully. With this in mind this story is based on the premise that sometimes a decision made without thought gets us into real bother.
As she wanders down to the party venue she has second thought but now it seems too late as a compulsion drives her on. Surely all these familiar faces, neighbours known by sight but not really friends mean she'll be safe.
Great idea for a novella and perfectly structured to keep up the reader's interest. The benefit of the read is it introduces a new author to me and a character who is engaging, more direct than most and perhaps more than we could imagine we'd be in such situations. But is she just naive and will her inquisitive ways lead her into more trouble for just answering a party invitation by having no excuse not to attend.
I’d have preferred a longer story to get my teeth into. I also found the characters quite difficult to understand in the timescale.
Three Sisters is a short forty-four-page mystery, which introduces us to Emily Castle. She attends a neighbourhood party in a large house inhabited by a rather flamboyant group of people. This is where a murder takes place and Emily dons her sleuthing hat to find the culprit; there are a number of suspects amongst the motley crew of party-goers.
I found that the story was too short for the plot and characters, both of which were undeveloped. The characters were very colourful, their situation--albeit bizarre--rather interesting and deserved more attention. I really wanted to know more about Emily and how she found herself to be modern-day Miss Marple, and there were many unanswered questions behind the nature of her relationships with the party attendees, as well as between the attendees themselves. Unfortunately, the whole mystery was spoiled by the fact that half way through I realised the title gave away the plot, and I was less motivated to finish the tale.
Helen's style is light and easy-going, and this was a story with great potential, but I would like to see it in a full-length novel with more detail and perhaps with a more enigmatic title.
Unfortunately, I found the story to be unbelievable, the descriptions overwritten and a bit laboured, and found myself glad it was only a short story. I ended up reading it quite quickly to get to the end, as having paid for it I didn't want to not read it.
If you think you might like this series it is probably a good place to start, but unfortunately I won't be continuing the series.
I've read all the others before this one, so I know it's a good series, too.
We get introduced to Emily at a party and even though I quickly sussed whodunnit, the way I was lead there was a good read
I particularly enjoyed the twists and turns, many leading away from the main event, but others cleverly bringing you that step closer. It was fun fitting them in - or out - as the story developed.
The story wasn't long and drawn out, but events happened all on one evening, making the story more intense.
I'd love to read more in the series, as I found the main character appealing and easy to get to know.