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An okay crime novella but nothing special
on 27 July 2016
WHAT I THOUGHT
Blood Red Roses is an okay crime novella but it’s nothing special. I read the author’s novel Dark Flight years ago and have never read any more of her books so I was intrigued when I recognised the author’s name. The novella stands on its own. You really don’t need to have read any of the author’s books or know anything about the characters. The plot is a bog-standard stalker turns murderer so there’s nothing particularly original. The method of murder by strychnine poisoning is quite gruesome and not something I’ve come across before so it was quite interesting. I didn’t know who the killer was so his identity was a revelation I didn’t see coming. Overall, Blood Red Roses wasn’t bad and I read it in one sitting but the novella didn’t seem to have much point which was disappointing.