The Secluded Village Murders
Written in the style of a classic Brtish Mystery with a contemporary young American woman as the amateur sleuth. Entertaining. Keeps you guessing until the end.
From a small secluded village in Connecticut to the English Countryside, readers are taken on a roller coaster of events and quirky characters as amateur sleuth Emily Ryder tries to solve a murder that everyone thinks was an accident.
For tour guide Emily Ryder, the turning point came on that fateful early morning when her beloved mentor met an untimely death. It's labeled as an accident and Trooper Dave Roberts is more interested in Emily than in any suspicions around Chris Cooper's death. For Emily, if Chris hadn't been the Village Planner and the only man standing in the way of the development of an apartment and entertainment complex in their quaint village of Lydfield, Connecticut, she might have believed it was an accident, but too many pieces didn't fit.
As Emily heads across the pond for a scheduled tour of Lydfield's sister village, Lydfield-in-the-Moor . . . she discovers that the murderer may be closer than she thought.
I was lost an awful lot during this story. For the most part, I couldn't understand who Emily was talking about and what she was waiting for. Then, I'd catch up and immediately I'd get lost again. While the story is wonderful and I did enjoy it when I caught up overall (in the end), I really think that perhaps a little detail or introduction of characters. I mean, who was Chris for the first 6 chapters? I had no idea, only that he was old and fell and was in critical condition. In fact, by chapter 7, I still didn't know the why or what was happening.
As I said, this story is potentially really good and I loved the author's ideas and the storyline. But, maybe a cleanup would help.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.