This cost 1 pound something. I had to get this book because I have wanted to read it for a while. I followed Holly on Instagram and it took me ages to realise she had a book. A book that people are expressing is a great read, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. We will see.
I really liked what Marya was posting from this book on her Instagram feed and eventually thought to buy the book. Proceeds from Driftwood are going to Futures Without Violence a Covid-19 response to helping kids and adults get away from abusive situations.
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I have read one of the Lady Hardcastle mysteries by T.E. Kinsey before. I wasn’t completely sold on it. I downloaded Death Beside the Seaside because I wanted to give these characters and author another go. I could not put Death Beside the Seaside down. I had to read it right through. I love the era in which this series is written and more so I love the relationship Lady Hardcastle and her maid, and friend, Florence Armstrong have. The dialogue between the two in this book is spot on.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have not read a book of this genre since Rankin’s Rebus where the book is completely engaging because of its setting and characters. The plot, the pacing, the setting of A Murder for Christmas was brilliant. The characters felt authentic. They were not perfect, which makes it so much more believable because you don’t agree with everything the character says or does. The three characters, Joe and Sheila and Brenda, had a great relationship with each other. The dialogue was great too. I had to laugh at a lot of the wit in this book.
But the slut shaming from not only the male characters, but the female characters, as real as that came across, because I know there are people all over the country that do believe that way of behaving is correct, made me hope the younger generation are moving away from that kind of attitude. It was difficult to read sometimes. The descriptions of the women made me feel uncomfortable too. although that was in keeping with the characters themselves, (pretty sleazy male characters) and how they seem to treat women as sexual objects.
You could also make a case that A Murder for Christmas is old fashioned, but I am old fashioned anyway, and I prefer a vintage murder mystery.
Faults aside A Murder for Christmas has got a lot about it to recommend.