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‘Last Step’ by Gwyneth Williams

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image, or to read more about both book and author go here.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

Victor turned around very sharply. “Yes, I did. And I heard the comments about the Nazis. Don’t think I don’t know what you’re getting at. I can’t tell you what to do, but I wish you would put an end to this obsession. You’re a translator not some ridiculous P.I. in an American novel. You’re not Miss Marple either. Let the police get on with their work and you get on with yours.”

“Apart from how ridiculous you’d look pretending to be a detective, you should give some thought to your safety, and to the safety of those about you. This is a murder, and there I have no doubt the detective novels are correct, the second one is always easier than the first.”

Paperback Edition – Page 95

As this was an author review request, a complimentary paperback copy of, Last Step, was sent to me by Gwyneth Williams.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … Jenn at ‘A Daily Rhythm’

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for Jenn, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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    • Hi Naida,

      Victor is really only looking out for this person, who happens to be his wife of many years. I think he has had plenty of experience of her headstrong ways and doesn’t want to see either her, or their two daughters who she has involved in the case, getting hurt.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the comment and hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Cleo,

      Think Miss Marple (Agatha Christie) and Jessica Fletcher (Murder She Wrote), all rolled into one delicious episode and you are nearly there 🙂

      Thanks for visiting, I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    • Hi Claudia,

      Not so much a movie plot, as an episode in a TV detective show.

      Almost finished reading, although I think there must still be a final twist in the tale to come 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and ‘Happy Reading’

  • Well it’s definitely clear from these lines that Victor doesn’t want her getting involved at all!

    Perhaps in the same vein, here’s an excerpt from Steeped in Death by Laura Childs (page 13):

    “She leaned back in her wicker chair, smoothed the skirt of her dress, and thought, Please…no. Not today, on this lovely, carefree Sunday, when her fella was over for brunch. When they were reading the Sunday paper and just lazing around enjoying the warm weather. In fact, not ever. Because after all the fuss and flurry that happened last time she got involved in a crazy murder investigation, she’d pretty much promised Max that she wouldn’t let herself get pulled into yet another one.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      At this point, Victor definitely doesn’t want Sara getting involved in the murder any more than she already is; although later, when things hot up a bit more, even he has to concede that this is probably not going to be possible, at which point Sara has his full support.

      I have searched just about every book indexing site and can find no mention of a book by Laura Childs called ‘Steeped In Death’. I am guessing it is one of those books which has a different title, depending on where it was published. I found one called ‘Steeped In Evil’, does the synopsis ring any bells?


      If it is from the ‘Teashop Mysteries’ series, I love the tea shop owner’s name, Theodosia Browning. She sounds like the character of Sara, from my own book, ‘Last Step’. I shall have to make a note of this series for the future, although with so many books in the series, perhaps I should add the first one to my ‘Want To Read’ list to see what I think, then read the series in order.

      Thanks for sharing those great teaser lines and for taking the time out to stop by 🙂

      • Well, duh. I had the book right there in my hands and still typed the title incorrectly. Sorry about that!

        Yes, the one you found is the correct book. As with most series, I do recommend reading it in order for the sake of keeping up with all the character development. I should warn you, though, it’s definitely a “cozy” series and I’m thinking those aren’t your favorites. I was first drawn to these because of the tea aspect. I’ve kept on because Theo and her crew (including her dog) are a very likable bunch.

        • Don’t apologise, I had great fun checking out both the series and author.

          Cozies aren’t necessarily my most favourite genre and I definitely couldn’t read them all the time, however, every once in a while a bit of escapism can’t be bad … before the next reality check kicks in!


    • Hi Mary Ann,

      The ‘more’ is definitely well worth knowing and with just a few pages left to go, ‘Last Step’ has been an excellent mystery story.

      Thanks for the comment and I hope that you are enjoying your reading this week 🙂

    • Hi Laura,

      Not overly dramatic, violent, nor complicated; ‘Last Step’ is simply a great, well written and straightforward ‘Whodunnit’ …. Just what I needed right now!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week 🙂

    • Thanks Nikki,

      I think these particular lines give away something of the style in which the book is written, without revealing too much about the storyline.

      Sometimes I think that the ‘Teaser Tuesday’ meme is quite difficult to fill, as I seldom end up by simply opening my book to a random page and I admit that I do tend to cherry pick a page with some good lines in it. Perhaps the alternative meme ‘The Friday 56’ would be more for me, as I would then have to take my words from page 56 of the book, thus avoiding the issue of cheating ever so slightly 🙂

      Thanks for the visit, I hope that all is well with you.

  • Hmm, not instantly attracted by the teaser you shared and to be honest the first few lines you so kindly linked to didn’t do much for me either.

    They grabbed their bags and hurried out into the hallway where Frank was waiting under a huge chandelier. He tipped his hat and they stepped into the mirrored elevator.
    – Page 177, Star Style (my sister The Vampire #8) by Sienna Mercer.

    • Hi Tracy,

      This one is neither a ‘cozy’ mystery nor a hardcore suspense thriller – It falls somewhere mid-way between the two extremes and I can only best describe it as a murder mystery. I would definitely veer towards describing the main protagonist, Sara, as a modern day version of Jessica Fletcher in ‘Murder She Wrote’. In the teaser lines, Victor likens Sara to Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, however the further on I have read, the more I am steering away from that simile. I guess it is a bit of a ‘marmite moment’ with this book 🙂

      Your own book ‘Star Style’ may just be a bit too much of a mystery caper for my liking, although I have read one or two books from the genre and thoroughly enjoyed them! I can’t believe there are 16 books in the ‘My Sister The Vampire’ series and Sienna has written the first 4 books in the ‘My Brother The Werewolf’ series, to balance things up a little presumably! I love the cover art for the series when you see it all together, some of the cover artists are amazingly talented, with great vision!


      Off subject a little, I hate those mirrored lifts, don’t you? 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments and views.

  • Hmmm… Nazis and amateur detectives getting heavily discouraged. I’m intrigued 🙂 Will look into this one.

    I’m about to start a short fiction anthology called Mothers & Daughters (edited by Alberto Manguel). I wonder what new things it will give me to think about, and also what ways I’ll see myself in the stories… who knows. I have a feeling it will be both emotionally exhausting and rewarding to read.

    • Hi Hila,

      Having now finished reading ‘Last Step’, I can confirm that at least one of those statements is a red herring!

      Not an earth shattering storyline, but an intriguing, taditional ‘whodunnit’, which kept me guessing to the end, with a delightful cast of characters!

      ‘Mothers And Daughters’ sounds like an interesting and thought provoking collection of stories, from an astute and perceptive author. I hope that you are enjoying the read and wonder if you are considering reading the second half of the series ‘Fathers And Sons’?

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always interesting to read your comments and observations 🙂

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