‘But now I’m wondering. I mean, how do you know what’s suspicious and what isn’t?’
On the sleepy shores of Shoreham, UK, no-one would expect anything suspicious in the death of a ninety-year-old woman. After all, Peggy Smith did have a heart condition. But Peggy’s carer Natalka is concerned. Peggy had told Natalka that she was sure that someone was following her. And then, when Natalka is helping clear out Peggy’s flat, she is held at gunpoint by a masked figure. What on earth is going on?
Peggy Smith had been a ‘murder consultant’ and had plotted deaths for several authors, many of whom acknowledged her in their novels. Could Peggy have been killed? And if so, by whom and why?
Natalka approaches DS Harbinder Kaur who initially sees nothing of concern. But Natalka, who teams up with Peggy’s friends Edwin, once a television producer, and Benedict, a coffee shop owner who was once a monk, is determined. DS Kaur, who is dealing with some a few issues of her own, becomes part of the investigation.
What a great murder mystery! Full of interesting characters, each with a different perspective, with layers of information to examine. There are clues to investigate, and red herrings to sift and sort.
This is my first Elly Griffiths novel, but it will not be the last.
If you enjoy well-plotted mysteries, then I can recommend this!
‘PS : thanks for the murders. ‘
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.