- Paperback: 102 pages
- Publisher: Tyger Books (14 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956517072
- ISBN-13: 978-0956517074
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 736,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Three Sisters (Emily Castles Mysteries) Paperback – 14 May 2013
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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.
Helen Smith is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, The Crime Writers' Association and English PEN.
"Smith is gin-and-tonic funny." Booklist
About the Author
Helen Smith is a British novelist and playwright who lives in London. She is a member of the Crime Writers' Association and the Mystery Writers of America. Her books have reached number one on Amazon's bestseller lists in the US, UK, Germany and Canada and appeared in "best of the year" lists at For Books' Sake, The Cult Den, The Independent, and the Guardian. Helen Smith reached the top spot as America's most popular mystery author in July 2013. Her work has been optioned by the BBC.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this light-hearted tale about Emily Castles sleuthing. A quick easy read. No grittiness or bad language so suitable for younger readers too.Published 8 days ago by Nicola
The short story Three Sisters was offered as a free download by its author, Helen Smith, to attendees of the BritCrime Ball earlier in December. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephanie Jane
I quite enjoyed it but it was a bit on the short side I prefer a longer story alright to read on a short journeyPublished 2 months ago by rose Hastings
This is a short book that introduces the reader to Helen Smith's latest creation Emily Castles. It is fast paced and entertaining with a sense of foreboding that malevolence lurks... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard Latham
This is a great start to the Emily Castles mysteries.
I've read all the others before this one, so I know it's a good series, too. Read more
Thank you to the author for send me a copy of this book in return for an honest review - this in no way influenced my review as you will see. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Reading Stuff 'n' Things blog
Lots of other reviewers have given a summary of the plot so I won't expand on that. What I loved about this book was how surreal it seemed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joy Kluver