Death of an Avid Reader

A lady with a secret

Kate Shackleton’s sterling reputation for courageous sleuthing attracts the attention of the venerable Lady Coulton. Hidden in her past is a daughter, born out of wedlock and given up to a different family. Now, Lady Coulton is determined to find her and puts Kate on the case.

A mysterious killing in the library’s basement

But as Kate delves deeper into Lady Coulton’s past, she soon finds herself thrust into a scandal much closer to home. When the body of the respected Horatio Potter is found in the Leeds Library basement, the quiet literary community is suddenly turned upside down with suspicions, accusations and – much to Kate’s surprise – the appearance of a particularly intelligent Capuchin monkey!

The most puzzling case in Kate’s sleuthing history yet

My opinion: Two things I love are cosy mysteries and a good series. As I’ve now read all of the books in my favourite series of Agatha Raisin mysteries, I’m looking for something else to read. So when I got offered a review copy of this book by the publisher, it came at just the right time.

This is the sixth book in the series, so I haven’t got to know the main character Kate in the same way that existing fans have. This wasn’t a problem though as I instantly liked Kate and felt that she seemed very competent and a good, well respected detective.

What I really liked about this book is that Kate is a young female amateur detective, rather than a middle aged or older woman such as Miss Marple or Agatha Raisin. This was a refreshing change. I also loved the period setting of the book.

I would recommend this book to cosy mystery fans as it kept me guessing, but had a great storyline to go with it, along with lots of colourful characters. I will definitely seek out the earlier books in the series and probably revisit this book once I have read them.

A great book to cwtch up with as the nights are drawing in.

My rating: Four stars

I receieved an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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