Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of the blog tour for; Let Sleeping Murder Lie by Carmen Radtke. I can’t wait to share my review of this fabulous book.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Zoe at Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite to this tour.
Disclosure, My stop of this tour was scheduled for earlier in the week, but due to shocking WiFi issues (it doesn’t help that I live in a area with atrocious WiFi/phone signal) and the addition of a new member of the family (the furry kind) so unfortunately my posts are now going out late – apologies to everyone!!
About the Book
Let Sleeping Murder Lie by Carmen Radtke
Genre: Cosy Mystery
American Eve Holdsworth is living her quintessential English dream in a picturesque village in the countryside. Meeting an attractive stranger adds to the appeal.
But Ben Dryden is a pariah in Eve’s new neighbourhood, since his wife was murdered five years ago, and he was the only suspect.
Eve, who is absolutely sure someone as charming as Ben could never be a killer, is
determined to solve the case and clear Ben’s name, even if it’s against his will.
Soon enough Eve finds herself in deep waters, and with her life at stake, she can only pray that her romantic notions won’t be the end of her …
Let Sleeping Murder Lie is a brilliantly engrossing cosy mystery, I can’t believe that this is my first book by Carmen Radtke, I liked her easy to read writing style. I haven’t had a good look into the author back catalogue, so I am unsure if this is Radtke’s usual genre, but I will certainly be looking now.
Eve Holdsworth has done what we all dream of doing; giving up the stresses of the rat race to move and make a new life in the country. Eve has done it, she has crossed the pond and now living in the beautiful and idyllic little village – but be warned this village is more Midsummer than Mary Mead as just when Eve thinks she has found her true life and fingers crossed a bit of romance in the form of a handsome stranger, then boom!! A murder – even if it is an older unsolved murder – murder is murder, isn’t it? But it’s typical, just when things were looking so good, someone has gone and got bumped off, don’t you hate it when that happens? Especially when you’re trying to get to know the charming, incredibly handsome fisherman you’ve just come across.
As much as I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and the journey to find out who did what and why I am afraid I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I think I should have. They are likeable and I did enjoy their exploits throughout and I enjoyed watching Ellie battle with her thoughts of whether she trusts Ben or not and whether he did brutally murder his wife or not, but I didn’t think there were hugely memorable. Yet I did like Ellie’s determination to find the truth and Ben’s rather aloof-ish-ness (is that a word??) Once again that aspect reminded me of Midsummer Murders (I do keep mentioning that TV show a lot, maybe I should watch it less) but no matter how much I tried I couldn’t find myself connecting with any characters, they were just there filling the plot out and making the mystery even more complex – something I did enjoy!
I love Radtke’s richly detailed writing, especially that of the village – which is such a pretty and stereotypical quaint little English village, the scenery is vivid and realistic and the village atmosphere is spot on which thoroughly engages the reader. I would love to live in a village like this, I would be the slightly odd woman with the mad hair peering through the curtains waiting for something to happen.
The plot is intriguing and charming, it’s a fabulous Sunday afternoon ‘whodunnit with an eclectic cast of characters and some wonderfully timed twists and false turns all of which keep you flicking through the pages. I liked the faster pacing, from start to finish it doesn’t let up and kept you reading desperately wanting to know what the hell is going on.
Overall, Let Sleeping Murder Lie is a great mystery, it’s a fully engrossing and addictive read, I liked the premise of the story I loved the setting the characters were likeable but the shining star of this has to be the compelling and riveting writing. A must-read for any who loves a decent who-dunnit!
About the Author
Carmen Radtke has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books and newspapers by her side.
She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents and always dreamt of becoming a novelist and screenwriter.
When she found herself crouched under her dining table, typing away on a novel between two earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, she realised she was hooked for life.
When Carmen is not writing cozy mysteries, reading or dreaming of travel, she is busy acting as resident cat servant or tap-dancing (badly, but enthusiastic).
She is currently working on her next Jack and Frances mystery.
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