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- Print Length: 220 pages
- Publisher: HQ Digital (7 July 2017)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XGHVCHH
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- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,007 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Death Plays a Part (Cornish Castle Mystery, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Guinevere is part of a theatre group and they've become her family. She gets the opportunity to head to Cornwall for the Summer to work at a castle and help catalogue the book collection there - sounds like my idea of heaven!! So off she sets with her faithful companion, Dolly the Dachsund, for a new adventure!
Soon her adventure turns to tragedy though as there's a murder at the re-enactment that she and some of the fellow villagers are taking part at. And the victim has annoyed an awful number of people so the clock is ticking to track down the murderer and Guinevere is up for the challenge! When she starts delving into the locals she finds out there's a lot of bad blood and tensions dating way back and it is fun to see her working out who to trust and what to believe.
I've not read many cosy mysteries before as it is a genre that has never appealed much, but after this one i'll definitely be looking out for more as it was such a fun, enjoyable read
When she arrives at Cornisea Castle, she finds herself helping out with a re-enactment of the medieval trial of Branok. However, the re-enactment takes a turn for the worst and what was meant to only be a production for Cornwall to enjoy, became a murder mystery Cornwall couldn't comprehend. Arthur Haydock, who was cast as the role of Branok, was found murdered in a cell during rehearsals. Lord Bolingbrooke was the only one with access to the cell, however, denies having anything to do with Arthur's death. It's now down to Guinevere and Dolly to find out who is setting up poor Lord Bolinbrooke and get them locked away for the murder of Arthur Haydock.
I always love a good mystery book and this was definitely one I could find myself curled up cosy on the sofa with, joining little Dolly and Guinevere on their adventures in Cornwall. 'Death Plays a Part' is a very light-hearted murder mystery story with a nice change of pace throughout. The plot was interlaced so well that it was hard to guess who the murderer could have been and although I had my suspicions, I could never find a good enough reason behind it myself. Vivian doesn't leave you hanging until the very end, she gives clues a long the way, helping you piece the puzzle just a little more each chapter.
I absolutely loved Guinevere and can't wait to find out more about her, in the first book her backstory is so vague that I just need to know everything! She and Dolly are such a great pair, alongside Oliver who was co-sleuthing, I'd definitely enjoy reading the three of them solving more mysteries in the future! I was so hyped for this book and pre-ordered it as soon as it was announced, the book cover is just so incredibly pretty and who doesn't love a dog side-kick? Especially one as cute and as clever as Dolly! Vivian most definitely did not disappoint with this one and I am more than thrilled to be a part of the 'Cornish Castle Mystery Book 2: Rubies in the Roses' book tour. Eek! Thank you Viv, for such a delightful story and I can't wait to delve in to the next chapter of Guinevere and Dolly's adventures next month!
Death plays a part is the first book I have read by Viv and I'm very excited to discover more of her books.
I was thoroughly enthralled by the mystery and secrets surrounding the murder of Haydock and the island of Cornisea.
Viv created a very magical, mystical feel to the Island.
When Guinevere and Dolly embark on a summer adventure to help Lord Bolingbrooke catalogue books at he's castle. Whilst her beloved theatre is renovated back in London.
She wasn't quiet expecting to be involved in a murder investigation.
When Guinevere and Dolly arrive in Cornisea she notices that the castle and The Cornisea Historical Society are to perform a Medieval re-enactment.
They was to re-create the trial of Branok the Cold-hearted, the steward of Cornisea Castle, who had been accused of vile acts against the villagers under his care.
She was so excited as it meant her Theatrical experience could be of use.
On the day of the re-enactment tempers flare between people, particularly Lord Bolingbrooke and Haydock.
It's no secret that they don't get on and Haydock really isn't a very likeable person. He certainly seems to know how to rub people up the wrong way!
So when he is mysteriously murdered at the re-enactment everyone points the finger at Lord Bolingbrooke. I mean he was the last person to see him alive.... wasn't he??
Guinevere and Bolingbrooke's Son Oliver really don't believe that Lord Bolingbrooke killed Haydock.
So they both set out to prove that he is innocent.
Guinevere and Dolly make the best team!!
Dolly the Dachshund by far stole the star role in my eyes.
She was super intelligent, she has a nose for finding clues, and her interaction with humans and other pups is so heartwarming.
Dolly knows exactly when Guinevere is sad or when Oliver needed reassurance.
She has a huge loveable character. Go Team Dolly!!
Oliver and he's Dad Bolingbrooke have a love/hate relationship. That said he was determined to save he's Dad.
With the help of Guinevere and Dolly things start to unravel,cracks start to appear and secrets are no longer buried!
Cornisea Island has a very magical feel to it.
Stories of buried treasure and lots of secrets, make Cornisea a very intriguing place.
The characters all have their fair share of secrets and lies.... but one thing is apparent... no one really likes Haydock!
When Eal the local constable is called to the murder scene it's clearly obvious he doesn't really have a clue what he is doing.
So they call for Inspector LeFevre to come help him out.
I really liked LeFevre, he was so helpful and actually listened to Guinevere. It very much seemed like he was on their side and was willing to support their theories.
Death plays a part has so many little surprising twists I was spun around in so many directions I didn't have a clue who the murderer was. Just when I thought I had an inkling....another secret uncovered, another twist in the truth.
I loved It!!!
It was so nice not to have a clue, as it adds to the suspense and intensity.
I felt like I was also playing a detective role as my mind was on overdrive trying to piece the clues together!
Who can you trust? Who is covering for who? What secrets are just waiting to burst out?
Such an exciting, enthralling, suspenseful mystery.
Such a feel good read but still created all the tension and unease you need for a great murder mystery!
The characters were very cleverly written, with secrets to hide.
Uncovering the truth gave me tingles!
A very satisfying end!
I'm so looking forward to the next book Rubies in the Roses. Can't wait to catch up with Guinevere and Dolly again!
Would I recommend this book........Most definitely..... Yes.... 100%
The perfect read for those who love murder mysteries, twists and turns, plenty of secrets and lies, suspenseful, page Turner, perfect cosy feel good read and best of all..... Dolly... the super sleuth pup!
I received this book from the Publisher for free via Netgalley, in which I voluntarily reviewed.
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