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Welcome to Cornisea island and spend your summer holidays in a Cornish Castle.
Guinevere Evans has a dream summer job: cataloguing books at a castle on a tidal island off the coast of Cornwall. With her perky dachshund Dolly by her side she explores the island’s colourful history, tries fabulous local food and sees the gorgeous sunsets.
But when an old friend of her employer drops in, claiming a rare bejewelled wedding goblet is hidden in the castle gardens, strange events start to take place: several people turn up claiming they have a right to the elusive goblet, and a dead body is found on the beach.
An unfortunate accident, or does this death relate to the struggle for ownership of the goblet? Is there even a goblet?
Guinevere and Dolly dig in and discover plenty of motives to lie, steal and yes, maybe even kill. Can they prove what really happened to the victim and what became of the precious rubies that are at the heart of the mystery?
Cracking mystery, red herrings and all!!
I do love a mystery, and have a penchant for female sleuths. Vivian Conroy had packed Rubies in the Roses with all my favourite things (at this point I feel I should set them to music – but, erm no).
An island setting, a castle, a missing artifact, local people, incomers – more popularly known at visitors – and last, but not least, a dead body. Very much in the style of Agatha Christie herself and just as well-plotted! I love everything about this novel – the characters, the dog .. well, naturally, the doubts, the deliberations and yes, even the red herrings!
This author writes a cracking book, it didn’t take me long to get into the story and then I could hardly bear to put it down. That’s my criteria for a good read, and this fits like a glove. I hadn’t read the first in series, but I shall most definitely be looking out for more in this series.
I received an arc via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
Tags: Cornwall, cozy mystery, dog, female sleuth,
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