Rubies in the Roses by Vivian Conroy blogtour/book review

rubies in the roses

Rubies in the Roses (Cornish Castle Mystery book 2) written by Vivian Conroy, publisher HQ digital is available in ebook from 30th August 2017.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2wUtzer

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Welcome to Cornisea island and spend your summer holidays in a Cornish Castle.

Guinevere Evans has a dream summer job: cataloguing books at a castle on a tidal island off the coast of Cornwall. With her perky dachshund Dolly by her side she explores the island’s colourful history, tries fabulous local food and sees the gorgeous sunsets.

But when an old friend of her employer drops in, claiming a rare bejewelled wedding goblet is hidden in the castle gardens, strange events start to take place: several people turn up claiming they have a right to the elusive goblet, and a dead body is found on the beach.

An unfortunate accident, or does this death relate to the struggle for ownership of the goblet? Is there even a goblet?

Guinevere and Dolly dig in and discover plenty of motives to lie, steal and yes, maybe even kill. Can they prove what really happened to the victim and what became of the precious rubies that are at the heart of the mystery?

rubies in the roses blogtour

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting and celebrating the launch of book 2 in this cosy crime series by Vivian Conroy.

This is the second book in the Cornish Castle mysteries.  Although, the novel could be read as a standalone I would urge you to read book one Death Plays a Part first just to appreciate the history of the characters and setting.  You can find my review of book one here.

Once again we are back on Cornisea Island and the Castle is at the centre of another mystery.  Legend has it that a silver goblet studded with rubies and diamonds that was used in wedding ceremonies many, many years ago was left hidden by it’s last known owner somewhere on the castle grounds.  An article has been written in a forthcoming magazine claiming to know the whereabouts of the goblet.  Lord Bolingbrooke is keen for the goblet to be found on his property so he can claim rights to it however, others feel they have family connections to the treasured piece.

Vivian Conroy has taken us on another cosy crime mystery with Rubies in the Roses.  Guinevere is a little like a modern day Miss Marple and with her trusty side kick Dolly the Daschund providing many charming moments to make you smile.  As with the first book in the series I did find the story a little slow but thinking back about the genre the style and flow of the writing suits this cosy crime mystery.  The series would make a perfect Sunday chill day reading.

To find out more about Vivian Conroy please visit the following pages:

Vivian Conroy’s call story:  http://www.carinauk.com/the-call-vivian-conroy

Fantastic Fiction:  https://www.fantasticfiction.com/c/vivian-conroy/

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

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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.

To buy link:

Product Details (as per amazon page)

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

DOUBLE COVER REVEAL – Cornish Castle Mystery series by Vivian Conroy

Double Cover reveal Cornish Castle mystery

The wait is over … I’m pleased to reveal the covers of Vivian Conroy’s forthcoming books in her new 2 book series titled Cornish Castle Mystery.  How gorgeous and colourful do the books look and that daschund is such a cutie 🙂  The books are published by HQ Digitial and Book 1 is out on the 7th July 2017 with Book 2 released shortly after on 30th August 2017.

Product Details (Book1) – Death Plays a Part

Death plays a part

Welcome to Cornisea island and spend your summer holidays in a Cornish Castle.

Guinevere and her trusted dog Dolly have arrived on Cornisea island in Cornwall for the summer. But what should be weeks of cataloguing books and sunny walks on the beach turns deadly when murder strikes!

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

To pre-order:  http://amzn.to/2sSSXgl

To add to your goodreads ‘Want to Read’ list:  http://bit.ly/2r9oido

 

Product Details (Book 2) – Rubies in the Roses

rubies in the roses

Welcome to Cornisea island and spend your summer holidays in a Cornish Castle.

Guinevere and her Dachshund Dolly are happily enjoying their summer by the Cornish coast – sun, sea and delicious food. Until a long-lost treasure and a mysterious death turns her holiday into a search for justice!

The second book in the brand new Cornish Castle Mystery series, don’t miss DEATH PLAYS A PART – the first in this new cozy crime series.

To pre-order:  http://amzn.to/2r9Mhcp

To find out more about Vivian Conroy and her work please visit the following links:

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

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

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NEW Cosy Mystery series announcement by Vivian Conroy #CornishCastle

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Exciting news!  Vivian Conroy has a NEW cosy mystery series due to grace your ereader very soon … I’m pleased to introduce you to the Cornish Castle Mystery series.

The first two books; Death Plays a Part (1) and Rubies in the Roses (2) are available to pre-order now on amazon and also on goodreads to add to your TBR.  See relevant links below:

Pop back tomorrow when I will ‘open the curtains’ to reveal the covers in all their technicolour gorgeousness and I will have an exclusive fun fact!

To connect with Vivian Conroy please visit the following links:

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

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