It’s the old story: a dinner party in the country, clashing personalities, and a body in the library. Tensions rise as the remaining guests must work out whodunit and why. There’s no detective present, just five scared people and a whole lot of alcohol.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable mystery with plenty of twists; I thought I knew where it was going several times, and each time had the rug pulled out from under me. Despite this, it’s no deus ex machina. There were several red herrings but everything you need is right there in front of you.
It was a bit of a slow start but it really drew me in. The characters were thorny and flawed but interesting, the setting labyrinthine but I eventually got the hang of where everything was. I liked the ending as well: not too pat, but with a hope for the future.
If you want an atmospheric murder mystery, please pick this book up.
Five twisty stars
I received a copy of this story from the author through ReadingAlley in exchange for an honest review.