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Friday, January 3, 2014

0 Book Review: Invitation to Die (Emily Castles Mysteries) by Helen Smith

Title: Invitation to Die (Emily Castles Mysteries)
Author: Helen Smith
Genre: Mystery

Buy: Amazon

Book Summary:
Twenty-six-year-old Emily Castles is out of work… again. So when famous romance author Morgana Blakely offers her a job helping out at a conference in London, Emily accepts. Just as eagerly, American blogger Winnie Kraster accepts an invitation from Morgana to attend as a guest, not realizing she has, in effect, accepted an invitation to die
As a cast of oddball characters assembles at the conference hotel, grievances, differences, and secrets begin to emerge. When Winnie goes missing, and then is found murdered nearby, Emily begins to suspect that someone involved with the conference is responsible. Could it be one of the organizers, one of the authors, a member of the hotel staff, or even the supplier of the chocolates for the conference gift bags? Emily teams up with guest speaker and eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel to find out.
Offbeat and engaging, this entertaining comic mystery is the first full-length novel featuring amateur British sleuth Emily Castles.



About Author:
Helen Smith is a member of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, the Crime Writers Association and English PEN. She traveled the world when her daughter was small, doing all sorts of strange jobs to support them both--from cleaning motels to working as a magician's assistant--before returning to live in London where she wrote her first novel. Her work has been reviewed in The Times, the Guardian, The Independent, Time Out and the Times Literary Supplement. Her books have reached number one in the bestseller lists in the Kindle store on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Invitation to Die, the debut novel in her Emily Castles mystery series, is published by Thomas & Mercer. 

She blogs at: http://www.emperorsclothes.co.uk. Sign up here to receive an email alert when a new book is published: http://bit.ly/U5KAF0



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Book Review:
This book starts off slow and continues at a slow steady place as far as the action goes. There is detail where there is really no need for it and a lack of detail where there should be. The characters could of used a little more development and the plot could have been better. Each of the characters are introduce one at a time  and then all brought together at the conference. The story would make for a great one if there was a little more work put into the writing and development . With 208 pages it is fairly a quick read. 

I say you give it a try and decide for yourself.



Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Review By: Kechell Jackson | K is for Kechell 
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