Saturday, May 16, 2015

Three Sisters (An Emily Castle Mystery) by Helen Smith

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review*

This book was so funny, quirky, and fast paced. Not a very long read, but it is one that you will want to finish once you get started. The first few pages were kind of slow for me, but after that it sped up and I didn't want to stop reading until the very end! Emily Castles is such a quirky little thing, that I never knew what she was going to say next. She did gripe about her dog dying a little too much in my opinion though. But, after it all, I will definitely be checking out the rest of the Emily Castle Mystery Series! I give this book a SOLID 4 STARS!!

Book Synopsis from Amazon:

Three Sisters introduces twenty-six year old amateur sleuth Emily Castles in this entertaining new mystery series from bestselling British author Helen Smith.

Emily receives an invitation to a party in a large house at the end of her street, hosted by a mysterious troupe of circus performers. She accepts, despite her misgivings, because her dog has died and she needs cheering up. But when she witnesses a murder in the midst of the surreal entertainment, no one will believe what she has seen. Is Emily befuddled with grief at the loss of her pet? Or has something wicked happened in plain sight of all the party-goers? Emily and her eccentric neighbors attempt to discover the truth in a charming story that will have you giggling at every funny line. 

This short mystery is a standalone story set in London. The Emily Castles mysteries can be read in any order.

Author Bio from Amazon:

Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. Her books have reached number one on Amazon's bestseller lists in the US, UK, Canada, and Germany. They have been praised in the Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guarding, Time out, and and appeared on "best of the year" lists in For Books' sake, The Cult Den, The Independent and the Guardian. Her books have been optioned by the BBC.

Helen Smith traveled the world when her daughter was small, doing all shorts of strange jobs to support them both -- from cleaning motels to working as a magician's assistant -- before returning to live in London where she wrote her first novel. Since then, she had read at literary events and festivals in London and New York and points in between -- including, most recently, a cruise ship en route to California via the Suez Canal. Her work has been read or performed at the National Theatre, The Royal Festival Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, Amnesty International's Headquarters, The Edinburgh Festival and The University of London. She's a Literary Death Match champion and the recipient of an Arts Council of England award.

Helen Smith is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, The Crime Writers' Association and English PEN.

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