An engaging story.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
Eighteen-year-old library assistant Jan Christopher’s life is to change on a rainy Friday evening in July 1971, when her legal guardian and uncle, DCI Toby Christopher, gives her a lift home after work. Driving the car, is her uncle’s new Detective Constable, Laurie Walker – and it is love at first sight for the young couple.
But romance is soon to take a back seat when a baby boy is taken from his pram, a naked man is scaring young ladies in nearby Epping Forest, and an elderly lady is found, brutally murdered…
Are the events related? How will they affect the staff and public of the local library where Jan works – and will a blossoming romance survive a police investigation into murder?
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
A Mirror Murder by Helen Hollins is an engaging story about a murder in the 1970s. Devoid of any help from the computer, it’s a crime that’s solved by the police in an old-fashioned way. Told from the perspective of a young library assistant, the author includes some events from her life too.
Other than a well-written cozy mystery, I also loved the characters and the little, sweet romance budding between Jan and Laurie. There are a lot of suspicious characters here which confused me. I could not identify the murderer until the final reveal which is the sign of a good mystery.
I heartily recommend this book to lovers of the cozy mystery genre.
Genre: cozy mystery || Published on 13th January 2021 by Taw River Press
Many thanks to Emma Welton @ damppebbles blog tours for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
First published in 1994, Helen became a USA Today Bestseller with her historical novel, The Forever Queen (titled A Hollow Crown in the UK) with the sequel, Harold the King (US: I Am The Chosen King) being novels that explore the events that led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Her Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy is a fifth-century version of the Arthurian legend, and she writes a nautical adventure/fantasy series, The Sea Witch Voyages. She is now branching out into the quick read novella, ‘Cosy Mystery’ genre with her new venture, the Jan Christopher Murder Mysteries, set in the 1970s, with the first in the series, A Mirror Murder (due to be published in early 2021) incorporating her, often hilarious, memories of working as a library assistant.
Her non-fiction books are Pirates: Truth and Tales and Life of A Smuggler. She lives in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in North Devon, runs Discovering Diamonds, a review blog for historical fiction, and occasionally gets time to write…