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‘Three Sisters’ by Helen Smith
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are taken from 71% of my Kindle download.

“So we have suspects,’ Dr. Muriel said. ‘But no murder. That’s interesting. That’s a conundrum. ‘Remember, remember, the 5th of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot.’ How very apt that you should be investigating a murder that may not have happened, on Bonfire Night, a night which celebrates a regicide that never happened. You need a motive, don’t you? Though before you start with that, I’d say you need to have a murder.”



THREE SISTERS‘ (Emily Castle Mysteries #1) by HELEN SMITH

Cover Image Of The Book 'Three Sisters' By Author Helen SmithThree Sisters introduces twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth Emily Castles in this popular new British mystery series.

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 neighbours 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.


Teaser Tuesday Image Updated December 2016 'The Purple Booker'


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia @ ‘The Purple Booker

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 ‘The Purple Booker’ 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 Ambrosia, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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  • This is one I’ve found a bit confusing from your other features, but will admit I like the excerpt you share here very much!

    • This story really is so short, that not to give away too much about it is so difficult.

      Also, to be honest, I don’t really know what to think about it, even though I made a few notes to put a short review together.

      These ‘teaser lines’, were definitely the best in the book, which is why I chose them a little early and before the 50% marker.

      I’ll try and get the review up soon and perhaps explain my thoughts a bit more clearly 🙂

    • I’m not going to say too much at this stage, as my full review will be going live shortly.

      Let’s just say that this is probably not a series I shall be re-visiting in the forseeable future.

      Individual views and reviews are very subjective however, so I am pleased that you obviously enjoyed the book so much.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

    • You really do need to like your stories short and sweet to enjoy this one fully.

      For me the jury is out, as I try and make sense of the review notes I made.

      Great to catch up with you, hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • I’ve been really into mysteries lately, so I’ve made note of this. Most of the mysteries I’ve been reading are by P.D. James (most recently, The Lighthouse). I like her writing style and psychological perceptiveness.

    • I too, enjoy the writing of P.D. James. Dalgleish was an amazingly well drawn character and I enjoyed the few books I have read from the series, together with the many episodes which were adapted for television.

      Helen Smith’s character Emily Castle isn’t really in the same league, but then hers is a completely different style of writing and Emily more of an ‘accidental’ detective!

      If you enjoy very short, slightly tongue-in-cheek, mysteries, which are quite easy both to read and solve, then this would be a great series for you.

      Thanks for stopping by. It seems an age since we last chatted and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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