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Top Customer Reviews
This time Peter and Fiona are handling murders among the racehorse trainers in the area — a world I’m not at all familiar with but one which is full of seething passions, professional jealousies and, it turns out, murder. With three people dead, Fiona herself is at risk. Can Peter save her?
If I got rather confused with this book it was as much my fault as the author’s: I was so keen to find out who did it that I carried on reading well after I should have turned out the light and got some sleep. If I’d taken it a bit more slowly I’d probably have appreciated the twists in the plot a bit more, although I did find one character’s internal monologue a little confusing and, if I’m honest, probably unnecessary.
As before I loved the dynamic between the two detectives, increasingly attracted to on a another with either able to admit it and both in complicated and unsatisfying relationships with others. This partnership has a long way to run, and I suspect it will keep me hooked for a long time, as each successive mystery is solved.
Her other characters are varied, from the commoners to the elite upstarts in the upper classes. Although the characters were great, maybe less is more. It did get a little confusing because there was a lot to concentrate on.
Febry uses sub plots to the best, they are not misleading but they do add to the mystery and the investigation in an ideal way to keep the reader guessing. The plot is well thought out and the pace is steady, which is needed for this great story.
Bells on Her Toes is well written, the narrative and dialogue can not be faulted. Set in a small village Febry has a knack of delivering the descriptive in a clear way that the reader becomes famliar with it.
I am now an even bigger fan of this author and I will thoroughly recommend this to any reader!
The story starts with a barn fire on a country estate. A man's remains are found in the barn and it's initially thought it might be an insurance scam gone wrong. Perhaps a homeless man sheltering. However, when the man is found to have been shot, it soon becomes clear this was no scam or accident. As we follow DCI Peter Hatherall, his partner, Fiona, and their team's investigation, all sorts of secrets are revealed, but nothing seems to be adding up.
The characters involved in and/or suspected of the murder are an interesting bunch. Gladys especially! There are plenty of twists and turns and short chapters which make this a fast-paced and suspenseful read.
Bells On Her Toes is a brilliantly written police procedural, with mostly likeable and some very quirky characters. Peter is a very believable character. He's a devoted police officer, but has his flaws and personal struggles which can affect his work as much as he tries to separate his work and personal life. I really warmed to Fiona. There is an obvious attraction between the two of them, but one that neither of them seem to want to admit to. Will there be a sequel? I'd be interested to see what happens next!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed spending a few days in the company of DCI Hatherall & his colleagues once again, having previously read Who Killed Vivien Morse. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christine
Another great murder mystery from this author which keeps you guessing until the end. This is the fourth one that I have read of Diana Febry, and the thing that marks them all is... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dakotaboy
A thoroughly enjoyable murder mystery set in the bucolic surrounds of a small English village. A wonderful cross-section of characters, including an amusingly eccentric ex-actress,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mandy Walkden-Brown
I was expecting a lot from this novel and I wasn't disappointed. Set in the English countryside, this murder mystery begins when an unidentifiable corpse is found in a burnt-out... Read morePublished 7 months ago by SusiQ
A well-constructed country murder-mystery that takes its time. Like a story told over an afternoon lemonade on a hot summer day. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeffrey C Koester
Reading Bells on Her Toes was like going on vacation. The writing was so descriptive I felt like I was wandering around the Earl's country estate and hanging out with the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by DragonOne
Bells On Her Toes – Review
The novel starts out with a stereotypical refrain—a female detective is filing all the paperwork from the Christmas rush period—lots of domestic... Read more
Bells on her Toes is a classic whodunit. A mysterious murder at Elmsgrove farm horse racing stables sets in motion a police investigation which reveals a multitude of interesting... Read morePublished 9 months ago by ian welch
This book is a straight up police detective story, set in an English rural locale.
Unfortunately, this one didn't really hit the spot for me. Read more