Book Blog Tour for Rubies in the Roses

I’m so happy to be asked to join in the blog tour for Vivian Conroy – I ‘met’ Vivian as part of a Twitter hour for authors (which you are very welcome to attend!) #TheAuthorHour and first read her Lady Alkmene books set in the 1920’s.

You can find out more about Vivian as part of our regular author interview series…

Rubies in the Roses is the second Cornish Castle mystery, and although you don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy it – I liked the feeling of familiarity when meeting the main characters again, and I enjoyed having a sense of knowing the surroundings already. The main characters were developed further with great success and you can start to understand more about their backgrounds and the impact of that on their current situations, as well as explaining more about why they respond and react the way they do.

Choosing such an interesting island setting with a castle and all the historical stories that are possible is a stroke of genius – the Rose and Stars goblet is entirely plausible and the hunt for artefacts in the grounds is exactly what would happen (and I’m sure often does) when an intriguing find looks likely. It is also a brilliant observation of the motivation and behaviour of people when money, history, family and affection all start to rub together.

Dolly the dog still steals the show, but the real mastery is in the careful writing and clever plot. There are more red-herrings and cul-de-sacs with a triumphant ending so well crafted that I can’t wait to read the third book! They are just 99p currently, which is such a good deal for a fun scamper around a Cornish castle. Conroy has been compared to Agatha Christie, but there is much more humour in these series and so I think I may even prefer them…

 


I received my copy of Rubies in the Roses as a member of NetGalley.

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