- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
|This price was set by the publisher.|
Death Plays a Part (Cornish Castle Mystery, Book 1) Kindle Edition
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Every once in awhile I like to change things up and pick up a cozy mystery, there’s something comforting about these light mysteries that make for a nice change of pace. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amy@Novelgossip
Guinevere and her delightful Dachshund Dolly are marvellous characters, Guinevere is a very likeable character that readers will take an instant liking towards. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kate
DEATH PLAYS A PART by Vivian Conroy is the first book in this utterly captivating, new cozy mystery series, and I am eagerly awaiting the second instalment. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Books Of All Kinds
Guinevere arrives at Cornisea castle in Cornwall to take up a summer job cataloging the treasured books of Lord Bolingbrooke. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Louise Capper
OK, so I have to start by saying that you know me and when it comes to books I'm either reading more chick-lit type books or I've got my head buried in American Literature or maybe... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Lucy Knott
With her London theatre closed for renovations. Guinevere takes on a summer job at the castle on the Cornish island of Cornisea. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Ella
This is the first mystery novel I’ve read and also the first book by Vivian Conroy so two firsts. It’s so good to open your eyes to new genres and new authors. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kraftireader
What a brilliant closed door murder mystery this proved to be - I loved it! The Cornish Castle is on the island of Cornisea, linked to the mainland by a causeway during low tides... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Splashes Into Books
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Mystery
- Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Thrillers
- Books > Fiction > Humour
- Books > Humour > Fiction
- Books > Humour > Rural Life
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crime, Thriller & Mystery > Crime Fiction > Murder
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crime, Thriller & Mystery > Mystery > Cozy > Animals
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crime, Thriller & Mystery > Mystery > Cozy > Crafts & Hobbies
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Humour
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Humour & Satire > Literary Humour