Thank you for joining me on the blog tour for Death Plays a Part by Vivian Conroy. I am delighted to be sharing my review today. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
With high tide comes murder…
When her beloved London theatre closes for renovations, costume maker Guinevere is excited to start a job at Cornisea castle, a centuries-old keep on a small tidal island off the coast of Cornwall. Imagine a whole summer full of stories of hidden treasures, fab food and long walks with her perky dachshund Dolly.
But when a reenactment of a medieval trial in the castle dungeons ends in real-life murder, and accusations threaten the castle's future, Guinevere and Dolly dig deep into the island community's best-kept secrets to unmask the killer and save their Cornish summer.
Before I start my review I have to mention the cover to the book I love both the colours and the design it really is perfect for the story.
So what did I think...
With gorgeous descriptions of the fictional Cornisea and the people who live there it felt as if I had just arrived too and I was taking in the new sights and feelings. It really is easy to fall in love with the setting and the castle itself along with some lovely quirky and fun characters in Death Plays a Part. Guinevere is a lovely character and I have to say I instantly liked her especially her tenacity in trying to discover who was behind the crime. I liked the pairing of Guinevere and Oliver as they teamed up to discover the truth and of course there has to be a special mention for Dolly the Dachshund she was just brilliant. I especially loved the scene where she was training Vivaldi and helping to keep him in his place, very cute!
The murder certainly captured my attention and I have to admit my imagination was working overtime trying to figure out what had happened. I love a good mystery and this really is a brilliant one as I just couldn't seem to put the clues together properly. There is suspicion all around but what really happened? It's even more baffling as it is a closed door mystery which is always going to be a tough one to solve along with providing plenty of suspects.
Well I have to say that if you love a cozy mystery than this book is ideal. It was so much fun trying to figure everything out but after a while I just decided to sit back and relax whilst Guinevere continued her sleuthing. After all she did seem much more capable than me! I didn't know which way the story would go so it was a joy to see everything play out. The plot moves at a pretty good pace so I never found myself losing interest in either the story or the characters. Reading Death Plays a Part was a wonderful way to spend my evening and I can't wait to read the next in the series, Rubies in the Roses.
A fabulous start to the Cornish Castle Mystery series!
With thanks to Vivian Conroy, HQ Digital & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.