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“Let it be said that this is a tale that kept me glued.
The two main characters lead their own lives but as their contacts increased, the respect that developed between them almost made one think they were destined to become more than acquaintances. […] Intriguing indeed, and so this gripping tale continues; a seriously worthwhile read.
The characters are real, the protagonists are warm-blooded and intelligent and a reader gets more and more fond of them, which is always a strong popularity plus. [...] I enjoyed it and look forward to their next offering, coming soon.”
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‘Cosy’ is a term that comes with a variety of connotations but they can be great fun to read. Alan MA Friedman (the nom de plume of a writing duo) describe their debut novel The Sorrowful Woman as ‘Tartan Blanc’. Julia Flowers is an Oriental antique specialist who investigates the death of a former diplomat. The tone of the book is light-hearted and humorous and there’s good balance between the professional detective, Inspector Bland and Julia, the enthusiastic amateur. There’s a strong Scottish sense of place to the setting and The Sorrowful Woman is an enjoyable start to what I’m sure will be a great new series. Review here.
This is the first of (apparently) four planned books to feature Julia Flowers […] and it’s a little on the odd side […] it seems as the story sets out to be an Edinburgh version of one of those American cosy mysteries. You know, the ones where the heroine has a specialist job that for some reason means that they end up tripping over more and more bodies. But as the book continues, there is at least one brutal murder […] Add in some shenanigans with a dominator and you realise that this isn’t a normal cosy. The plot trundles along nicely, with a decent number of bodies. The killer is hard to spot […] and the story is complex and ticks the usual mystery boxes.
Full review here.