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Three Sisters: A British Murder Mystery (Emily Castles Mystery Series)

Three Sisters: A British Murder Mystery (Emily Castles Mystery Series) [Kindle Edition]

Helen Smith
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Three Sisters introduces twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth Emily Castles in this humorous new mystery series from best selling British author Helen Smith.

Emily receives an invitation to a party in a large house at the end of her street, hosted by a mysterious troupe of circus performers. She accepts, despite her misgivings, because her dog has died and she needs cheering up. But when she witnesses a murder in the midst of the surreal entertainment, no one will believe what she has seen. Is Emily befuddled with grief at the loss of her pet? Or has something wicked happened in plain sight of all the party-goers? Emily and her eccentric neighbours attempt to discover the truth in a charming story that will have you giggling at every funny line.

Readers of M C Beaton or Alexander McCall Smith will enjoy discovering a new mystery author.

Chosen as a “Book of the Year” by Elizabeth at The Frugal Ereader.

This short mystery is a standalone story set in London. The Emily Castles mysteries can be read in any order. Free with Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited.

Fast-paced, funny, and mysterious all at the same time… I can’t wait to see what Emily’s next adventure will be. Socrates Book Reviews

Helen Smith manages to pack in surprises and plot twists, creating a story that is fully engaging from start to finish. The characters are creative and multi-dimensional and I loved the unique personalities and talents of all the party guests. As a wallflower turned super-sleuth, Emily Castles was a wonderful protagonist and I'm eager to read more of her adventures. Her Book Self

Helen Smith has created a great little cozy series with the charming Emily Castles. Criminal Element

Very funny indeed... There seems to be a winning line on every page. The Bookbag

Helen Smith's books have reached number one in the Amazon store in the US, UK, Germany and Canada. Her books have appeared in "best of the year" lists by For Books' Sake, The Cult Den, The Independent, and the Guardian.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 208 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0956517072
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M5HK0M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,446 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. Her books have reached number one on Amazon's bestseller lists in the US, UK, Canada and Germany. They have been praised in The Times, The Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, Time Out and and appeared on "best of the year" lists in For Books' Sake, The Cult Den, The Independent and the Guardian. Her books have been optioned by the BBC.

Helen Smith travelled the world when her daughter was small, doing all sorts of strange jobs to support them both - from cleaning motels to working as a magician's assistant - before returning to live in London where she wrote her first novel. Since then, she has read at literary events and festivals in London and New York and points in between - including, most recently, a cruise ship en route to California via the Suez Canal. Her work has been read or performed at the National Theatre, The Royal Festival Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, Amnesty International's Headquarters, The Edinburgh Festival and The University of London. She's a Literary Death Match champion and the recipient of an Arts Council of England award.

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Helen Smith is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, The Crime Writers' Association and English PEN.

"Smith is gin-and-tonic funny." Booklist

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable intro to a new series 7 Feb 2011
By TopCat
Format:Kindle Edition
This (longish) short story is an introduction to amateur sleuth Emily Castles, who will be featuring in a mystery series.
In this story Emily is going to a Bonfire Night party at a neighbouring house, hosted by the inhabitants who are performance artists of various sorts. Emily is mourning the recent loss of her dog and sees the invite as an opportunity to socialise, but in the course of the evening she finds herself investigating a murder that may or may not have occured.

While we don't learn a huge amount about her background Emily is an interesting, quirky character and I'm sure we'll gradually discover more in the series. Despite the mention of a boyfriend he's possibly in the past, and although she knows her neighbours it is in a typical suburban passing kind of way. She comes across as a slightly solitary but very inquisitive individual. The other characters range from the harassed mum of three to the doctor of ethics via Hungarian performers and form a colourful cast.

From the beginning I was amused by the imagery used, for example describing fireworks as "like Midget Gems suspended mid-rinse in a toddler's open mouth" Comical but very graphic. I was also very pleased to see how well formatted and proofread it was - some of my recent kindle reads have been somewhat lacking on those fronts. I found myself laughing often, and the darker humour as the story progresses is the sort of thing I enjoy but may not be to everyone's taste. Emily's wanderings round the house and gardens as the story developed really drew me in and when I had to take a break from reading I found myself weighing up the story so far and debating with myself about what might happen. In short I thought this was a great read from start to finish and will be looking out for the series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I want more of Emily Castles, please! 10 Feb 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I really MUST preface this review with a proud proclamation: I am a huge Helen Smith fan! I have read Alison Wonderland and Being Light and The Miracle Inspector, and I loved each book. I loved Three Sisters, as well.

In Three Sisters, we're introduced to Emily Castles, a perfectly normal woman who just happens to pay a little more attention to what's going on around her than most. This interesting trait leads Emily into the world of sleuthing, and the reader can't help but follow on her heels--wondering all the while what danger she might be getting herself into.

Helen Smith's descriptions are clever, creative and richly-textured, and her dry, understated wit never fails to bring a smile to my face.

I look forward to more Emily Castles adventures!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review from Eva's Sanctuary 2 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Emily is invited to a bonfire night/Halloween Party at her neighbors down the street. She doesn't really know them because they just moved into the house; but she decides to go because she is missing her dog, Jessie who just died. She finds herself amidst some rather strange characters and to top the night off, she is pulled into a murder. One that no one else believes happened.

This is a short piece of fiction that can be easily read in one sitting. From the get go, you are pulled in with some rather strange and unusual characters. The way the story is presented, I had the impression this was going to be a murder mystery night and some of the guests were the actors. This turned out not to be the case. There is little known about Emily and it is a bit confusing how she will end up being a sleuth. In this particular story, she seems more like a busy body. The story is short; but it packs a big punch with information. The reader must stay focused or will lose their way around in the course of the storyline. I did not actually find anything amusing in this story; but I do look forward to the next one. I suspect that Emily could get herself into some mischief. If you are looking for something fast-paced and unusual, I highly recommend this one.

I wish to thank the author for providing me with a copy for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in anyway except for receiving the book to review.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emily's first outing is a corkscrew mystery 13 Feb 2011
By P. J. Salisbury VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Right from the first page, Helen Smith's story glows like a roman candle: bright, colourful and full of surprises. This is a perfectly formed mystery in every way; each necessary clue is present and followed up, though as you would expect from a well-constructed mystery, there are plenty of false clues and blind alleys. This story is delightful to read on several levels: first there are the descriptions of the guests - Helen's vignettes of bonfire night party-goers are poignantly hilarious; then there is the succession of encounters you might expect at a busy party on bonfire night, where avant garde entertainment is included; and thirdly, the unfolding of strange coincidences and occurrences leading to the 'whodunit'. Even there Ms Smith has introduced an extra twist. This story is a real corkscrew of events, intertwined lives, relationships and clues that will keep you guessing to the end.

The Emily of the subtitle is bruised from having recently lost her dog to old age. Yet the faithful creature somehow seems to stay by her side. Whether a supernatural presence or simply a fond memory, we are never quite sure. In either case, Jessie is as much a part of the mystery and its solution as anything else.

This tale takes a different tack to Helen Smith's previous novels, being a short story of around 17,000 words. Humour is such a personal thing but in my opinion this one has the most intensely funny moments so far. I found myself laughing out loud at the descriptions of some of the characters. There is certainly a wealth of characters here to enjoy, from the smoulderingly attractive to the condescending and, of course, the thoroughly eccentric.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but nothing too exciting either
This is ok for a short story. Descriptive in bits and brought a wry smile in others but a disappointing ending. Not too bad but I have read better.
Published 1 month ago by HPC
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a plot
Started off well, some good characters but plot not deep enough and all over too soon
Published 1 month ago by Janice chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot packed into this short story
I like short stories as a format, they are very convenient and the amount of story packed into this "short" is seriously good going. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Constance Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Summer Read
This book is an interesting, well-paced cozy British mystery and I really enjoyed reading it. The twists and turns kept me guessing right to the last page, and my only real regret... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christine W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction
this is my first encounter with Helen Smith and am very happy to have found her. Emily castles is a feisty and tenacious person who is prepared to see a suspicion through to the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fran M
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie with a twist
"When she was at school it had always been implied that heavy lifting should be avoided because it might damage a woman's uterus. Read more
Published 2 months ago by VickiT
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I really wanted to like this story, and bought it after it was advertised on my face book feed several times as an intelligent new crime heroine, quirky and interesting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. N. J. Claxton
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't. Bother
Very predictable. Not engaging at all and not worth wasting any time on at all really do not bother with it
Published 7 months ago by Den
4.0 out of 5 stars very different
it kept me interested until the end, i would recommend it a gentle read but a good story. very enjoyable
Published 7 months ago by Susan Driscoll
4.0 out of 5 stars three sisters
A reasonable
story with a good start fair middle and a good ending, I would recommend this author and will be looking for other books in the near future.
Published 8 months ago by Tony ex REME
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