Death Plays a Part by Vivian Conroy book review

Death plays a part

Death Plays a Part written by Vivian Conroy, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook format.

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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 re-enactment 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.

The first book in the Cornish Castle Mystery series with the second instalment RUBIES IN THE ROSES coming August 2017!

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This is the first mystery novel I’ve read and also the first book by Vivian Conroy so two firsts.  It’s so good to open your eyes to new genres and new authors.

I loved the premise of this story; Theatre Costume Designer Guinevere and her cute Daschund companion Dolly were off to spend the summer in Cornwall working for the owner of an ancient castle on the fictional island of Cornisea, off the coast of Cornwall.  Sounds like a perfect summer working vacation to me as Guinevere was to help catalogue the books in the castle.  The island was steeped with history and legends and the castle was also to play host in the re-enactment of one of the local legends.  During the re-enactment history was to repeat itself as one of the cast was found murdered in the dungeons.

After the initial shock, horror and upset from all the cast involved in the re-enactment Guinevere and Oliver the son of Lord Bolingbrooke, decide to do some detective work and solve the mystery of the murder in the dungeons themselves.  With Oliver’s local knowledge, Guinevere’s theatrical background with scene plotting and Dolly the Daschund’s inquisitive mind and doggy instincts the trio go on an ‘whodunit adventure’!

I must admit I did find this story a little slow to start with but once I got into it I was as eager as the trio to find the culprit.  The storyline felt quite nostalgic, the crime didn’t feel at all grizzly and I loved the amateur sleuths investigations taking them around this idyllic isle.  By the end of Death Plays a Part I had grown to love the characters portrayed in the storyline and I’m looking forward to the next book in the Cornisea Castle Mystery book series.  4/5*

To find out more about Vivian Conroy and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.carinauk.com/the-call-vivian-conroy

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/VivWrites

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