Book Reviews

#BookReview Trick or Murder? (Sophie Sayers Village Mystery #2) by Debbie Young

51qRmW2WD9L.jpgThank You very much to the publisher – Hawkesbury Press for the review copy.
ISBN13: 9781911223207
Genre: Cosy Mystery
Release date: 21 08 2017
Price*: Kindle £2.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £7.99 (GBP)
Kindle $3.84 (USD)/ Paperback $10.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 302
My rating: 5/10
You can get this book here:
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What I learned from this book: I learned more about Guy Fawkes Night.

Description of the book: When the strange new vicar arrives in Wendlebury Barrow, his ban on Halloween not only upsets the whole village, it also threatens to scupper Sophie Sayers’ fledgeling romance with charismatic bookseller Hector Munro. What is the dark secret that the vicar is keeping about Hector, and whose is that body buried at the bottom of the vicarage bonfire on Guy Fawkes Night? Sophie is determined to find out… (Source – Goodreads)

How this book made me feel: I am not a very big fan of cosy mysteries, but I read some pretty good ones in my life. That is why I agreed to review this one as well, I was hoping for some amateur investigation or very charismatic characters, but unfortunately, I didn’t get anything like that. 😦

The protagonist in this story was Sophie, and the whole book is told from her perspective. The blurb above describes this story quite accurately, but it is a little bit deceiving as well. I really wanted to connect with Sophie or any other character, but unfortunately, I couldn’t. I liked the village setting and tight community sense of this book, however, I think that the characters were not fully developed and some of them were pretty dull. I really enjoyed that Sophie worked in the bookshop, I liked reading about its daily operation and how it survives in a little community.

I would describe the narrative of this book as cute. There are some events happening, but I am used to “heavier” books. I missed the twists, turns, and unexpected surprises, 70% of the book kind of plodded along, until something interesting happened, and the mysterious part had no investigation at all. 😦 Before reading this book, I knew little about Bonfire night, and I am happy that I was able to learn more about how it was celebrated back in the day.

The writing style was very simple, and this book can be read as stand alone. I haven’t read the first part, but I was able to understand what is going on. The chapters were pretty short and it was easy to read this novel. The ending rounded up this book pretty well, and I liked that the author gave a snippet of what is to come in the next book. So, to conclude, this is a light and easy read, filled with village spirit, romantic discoveries and a hint of mystery, and if you are into any of it, do give this book a try, and I hope you will enjoy it. 🙂

Thank you for your time! 🙂

6556936.jpgAbout the author: Debbie Young is an author of fiction and non-fiction and the founder and director of the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. She is also the UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors, editor of its Author Advice Centre blog, and a frequent speaker about writing and publishing at festivals and writing events.

Website – /Twitter – @DebbieYoungBN

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