Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT The Scarlet Wench by M.K. Graff @GraffMarni #Mystery

Today’s team review comes from Babus, she blogs here http://ajoobacatsblog.wordpress.com

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Babus chose to read and review The Scarlet Wench by M.K Graff

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The Scarlet Wench is a classy whodunit mystery set in Cumbria at the struggling but charming Ramsey Hall. Nora Tierney, an American children’s author and amateur sleuth, now residing in the UK, is drawn into a web of dangerous pranks when a touring theatre troupe plan to put on a play at Ramsey Hall. From the outset malicious pranks set the suspicion on all the unusual characters that form the cast of the play. The personal stakes for Nora are higher in this book as she has to think of her baby son, Sean.

A truly spellbinding read reminiscent of Agatha Christie but with a modern twist. I could see this book being televised. I loved the way the emphasis was on the characters as the plot unfolded and was deeply drawn into suspecting everyone. The book is well written but I was aware the author was not British when at one point following a car accident a few characters had to go to accident and emergency and there was mention of insurance details required, which of course we don’t require here in the UK as we are privileged to have the NHS. This was the only slip I found in the book and despite not reading the previous two in the series I still enjoyed learning about Nora and co without hindrance.

A very promising series but also a great stand alone read for quaint mystery fans.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

7 thoughts on “Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT The Scarlet Wench by M.K. Graff @GraffMarni #Mystery

  1. This book’s got all very positive reviews – things like the hospital detail highlights how difficult it is to write about a country that’s not your own. Gotta do your research!

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  2. I guess there are things most people would think of researching and some, that unless you’ve been in the country or somebody points it out, you wouldn’t notice. Perhaps having beta readers from the place where the book is set would be a plus… I remember talking to somebody about the colour of the rubbish bins… Let’s hope we don’t end up needing private insurance, because things are not very reassuring for the NHS.

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    • I think it’s just a good idea not to write about life in another country unless you have a pretty good idea of it, Olga; it’s as involved a subject as historical research really, as you’re writing about a completely different life, with all it’s intricate differences.

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