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Death Plays a Part (Cornish Castle Mystery, Book 1) by [Conroy, Vivian]
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Death Plays a Part (Cornish Castle Mystery, Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in Cornish Castle Mystery (2 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 921 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: HQ Digital (7 July 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XGHVCHH
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Guinevere is a costume designer for a London Theatre, that unfortunately has to shut down due to renovations, leaving Guinevere in a little slump of what to do next over the Summer. She is kindly offered a job to work and live at Cornisea Castle, cataloguing their library. Guinevere jumps up at the opportunity, excited to see what adventures she and her partner in crime, Dolly, can get up too.

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.
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Stunning contrived plot. A really brilliantly thought up closed room murder. Who killed him? How did someone manage to get into a closed room and kill the most hated man on the village? Unless she can answer that it is very possible that an innocent man will be convicted of murder. A really well written book. If you like a really good mystery on a par with Christie then this is for you.
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Conroy's novels are always packed full with the right ingredients for a perfect cozy crime story. She strikes a good balance so that when you've finish reading you don't feel stuffed, over indulged or filled up with extra spoonfuls of sugar but instead you are left wanting just a little bit more to satisfy your growing appetite for this author's books!
There are traces of things like the Ladies's Detective Agency or something equally appealing from the ITV Sunday evening schedule in Conroy's writing but there is also a lot of evidence of the influence of Agatha Christie in her books. Conroy's writing is warm, familiar, entertaining and well paced, but also show a secure understanding of how to set up and execute a good mystery story. She is able to manage the plot and characters effortlessly so that the reader is hooked and caught up the drama. For me her novel epitomises the cozy crime genre.
This is a new series from Conroy and having read several of her other novels set in various countries and historical eras, it is fun to start with a new cast of characters and embark on a new journey with her. The Cornish setting is an inspired choice as not only does it remind us of summer holidays and Aidan Turner, it also reminds us of Du Maurier and other gothic novels set in the landscape which can be brooding and full of history. Even though the novel is set in a fictional location, it feels believable enough and it's a clever ploy to have an island, a causeway, the sea and a castle as this holds a delicious and enticing appeal for the reader.
A new series and a new protagonist - meet Guinevere! As with Conroy's previous novels, the main character is a female and once again, she is likeable, pleasant and a perfect fit for this novel.
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Before I start my review I have to mention the cover to the book I love both the colours and the design it really is perfect for the story.

So what did I think...

With gorgeous descriptions of the fictional Cornisea and the people who live there it felt as if I had just arrived too and I was taking in the new sights and feelings. It really is easy to fall in love with the setting and the castle itself along with some lovely quirky and fun characters in Death Plays a Part. Guinevere is a lovely character and I have to say I instantly liked her especially her tenacity in trying to discover who was behind the crime. I liked the pairing of Guinevere and Oliver as they teamed up to discover the truth and of course there has to be a special mention for Dolly the Dachshund she was just brilliant. I especially loved the scene where she was training Vivaldi and helping to keep him in his place, very cute!

The murder certainly captured my attention and I have to admit my imagination was working overtime trying to figure out what had happened. I love a good mystery and this really is a brilliant one as I just couldn't seem to put the clues together properly. There is suspicion all around but what really happened? It's even more baffling as it is a closed door mystery which is always going to be a tough one to solve along with providing plenty of suspects.

Well I have to say that if you love a cozy mystery than this book is ideal. It was so much fun trying to figure everything out but after a while I just decided to sit back and relax whilst Guinevere continued her sleuthing. After all she did seem much more capable than me! I didn't know which way the story would go so it was a joy to see everything play out.
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