SYNOPSISImagine 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…
MY THOUGHTS: I’m embarrassed to say that, initially, I thought this might not be for me. It seemed a bit slow paced. I was wrong. What I found in this novel was what I have been looking for everywhere. A great whodunit, great characters, and no idea who did it! Decades of reading mysteries and I still couldn’t figure it out. That’s what I crave as a mystery reader.
Betsy Reavley has gained a fan. She did an incredible job dedicating each chapter to a different character, alternating point of views, and hiding clues in plain sight. Her novel has been compared to Agatha Christie and rightly so! It’s great and I recommend it with a 4 star rating.