Thank you for stopping by for one of my first blog tours of 2018. I have a review of Divine Poison to share with you today but first of all let's take a look at the description of the book...
For a community psychiatric nurse, Monica Morris has an unhealthy interest in poison, and when, on impulse, she buys an antique Ship’s Doctor's Cabinet with a set of leather bound journals she becomes fascinated by the content.
A few days later, she discovers the body of her patient, Jan Collins, and although police assume suicide by overdose, Monica is not convinced.
When more unexplained deaths involving poisoning occur, Monica realises they are linked and so does DS Adams who is investigating. But how are they connected? And why?
When it becomes obvious that she’s unwittingly stepped into a trap set for someone else, Monica’s career, her own sanity and her life are placed at risk. But where can she turn to for help?
I really liked the premise for this story and I was left wondering which direction the story would take. Divine Poison isn't necessarily a fast paced story but it does move at a steady pace that kept me invested in discovering the truth.
This book is easily classified as a standalone however if you have read A Justifiable Madness you will recognise the character of Monica alongside her friend Emma. So for me it was lovely to see what both characters were getting up to, which in their case was a whole lot of trouble! Monica is definitely a determined character and I loved how she decided to look into the deaths herself.
The connection to the past that the Doctor's Cabinet brings up was very intriguing and if I'm completely honest I would have loved to have read a bit more on that subject. It is only a small thing but the addition of the journals made this story even more enjoyable for me.
Divine Poison has a tangled web of lies and secrets lurking within the pages along with a few surprises thrown in to make things interesting.
Four stars from me!
With thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Alison Morgan started writing a couple of years ago to address that niggling question: could she write a book? The answer was a simple yes. She’s had to retire from the NHS a little earlier than planned, but has discovered a new passion. Writing. Her debut novel, A Justifiable Madness, was published by Bloodhound Books in September 2017 attracting great reviews for its refreshing premise and dark humour. With two further novels being published at the beginning of 2018, it seems Alison has a promising future as an author. Divine Poison is the second novel to feature Monica Morris, a mental health nurse, as the main protagonist in this crime mystery, but there are no plans for a series. Alison’s third suspense novel, The Camera Lies, steps away from the field of nursing and into the world of real crime documentary films.
Alison lives with her husband Andy and their dog Sadie, in a small village north of Bedford. She’s not the type to let life get in the way of adventure and so, always up for the next challenge, she decided to have a proper midlife crisis and learn to ride a motorbike. In August she passed, first time. Her husband was impressed until she swung her leg over his prized Triumph and roared off with a big grin on her face. ‘Research for the next book,’ she cried. The fourth book is under construction and does indeed feature motorbikes.
Alison Morgan: writes under the name AB Morgan