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The third book in the 'Case Files' series and this time it takes us outside of Kingston (where the last 2 were based) and out into the wider world. I liked it being based elsewhere, not only was it nice to see more of the world Jamie found herself on but also it added a great twist to the story to have both Jamie and Henri outside their comfort zones, without the usual resources that they can rely on! I have to say I always liked the scenes with Sherard in them, he's such a fun character, but my new favourite is definitely CLINT!!!! If you've read the previous 2 books then don't miss out on this,(if not then start at the beginning!) not only will you enjoy the characters and how you see different facets of their personalities and relationships but you'll also make your brain spin in circles trying to find the solution to an impossible crime!! 5 stars as always, strongly recommended and if your not sure just go for it, you won't regret it.
What another delightful book. This author's writing is truly wonderful, every word is enjoyable and the characters and world literally pop of the page. Rich and beautiful, this could be enjoyed by anyone who likes something with warm characters, an interesting and hard to predict story, action and plenty of intrigue. I particularly enjoy the little chapter headings, with notations and the way the book is told in diary format. Jamie and Henri, along with Seton, Penny and co. have yet another explosive situation on their hands, thtime time out of their comfort zone of the city. Someone dear to Seton was murdered in the village that he retired to, a sort of locked in the room murder mystery. Great investigating and magic skills ensure. However the true wonder of this book comes in the character interactions and there is sadness, humour and great friendship. Can't wait for more.
I love this series. The lead characters are appealing, Henri is a poppet, the magic is magic and not a replacement for science, and I totally covet the displaced FBI heroine's not-a-cat, Clint. (A talking purple feline? Bring it on!) This one is excellent, set in a seaside resort very like the one i live in, with real and realistic detective work, a plausible motive for the murder, and chocolate. Oh, and a motorbike. I've only given it four stars because it really, really needs a decent copy editor. There are many instances of longer words which are not quite right-- a character is "amiable" to doing something instead of "amenable" for instance. These and the misuse of I/me jolt me out of my happy reading state. I haven't noticed this in the author's other work, and wonder if it's down to a new word processor or editor. Raconteur is an excellent storyteller, her characters and plots are always of high quality, and she doesn't need to let herself down in this way. Waiting for the next Case File now. Where is it?
This an interesting & humorous book, well written & best of all different. The characters are likable & the storyline moves along nicely, without endless repetition, or unnecessary detail, while still seeming perfectly reasonable. The characters grow & develop over the course of the 3 books, as do the underling storylines, without resorting to irritating cliff hangers. I actually read book 2 first, then book 3 & then book 1 without any lessening of enjoyment. Unlike many books in this genre it isn't aimed at any one age group & doesn't feel childish.
This is an excellent idea and a well written series. The character development is fully worked out and they are relatable and likeable. Hopefully this series will continue rather than just end like some others. If there are more books then I will be buying them.
A great 3rd book in this series. I highly recommend this author’s books and this series is one of my favourites. She writes incredibly well. The characters are all great and very entertaining although I have a soft spot for Clint. I’m keeping this review short as I’m just going away to reread the first two books again.