Imagine nine women meeting. Tea and cake are on the coffee table. They’ve come together to share their love of books. They are friends. They trust each other. It’s a happy gathering. What could be more harmless?
Then scratch the surface and look closer.
One is lonely. One is desperate and one of them is a killer.
When the body of a woman is discovered on a Cambridge common, DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called in to investigate. But the motive behind the crime isn’t clear… And it all leads back to a book club.
As the lies, volatile friendships and tension among the group rise to the surface, DCI Barrett and DI Palmer must work out the motive and track down a cold-blooded killer. But just when they think they are on the right track, a twist in the case throws them off course…
This was the first book by Betsy Reavley that I’ve read. Murder at the Book Club is a murder-mystery that surrounds a group of women in a book club. After two of them are killed, the police uncover a host of secrets and lies that the women have been living with for years.
I started out really enjoying the book, and could tell from the beginning that it was going to be akin to Midsomer Murders – a cosy murder-mystery, but maybe a little cliched. It was a good idea, and I did like storyline / plot, however, I felt it was let down by the stereotyped characters.
Writing wise, I noticed a few minor errors that were missed in editing, such as the comment in Toni’s POV that they enjoyed a glass of chardonnay at the book club (in the first chapter), which was quickly followed by her disgust that some of the members turned up with wine, and she preferred to drink tea.
The book is written in third-person omniscient. For me, this didn’t quite work and took me out of the story a few times. I don’t enjoy switching POVs as it can be confusing, but this is just me and it may work for other readers.
Saying that, it was a quick read and didn’t require too much thinking. I would consider this a “holiday read”. Would I read it again? Probably not. But, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys cosy, Hallmark-type murder mysteries.
Want to read it for yourself? Murder at the Book Club is available to buy: HERE.
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