Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Karen reviews Bells On Her Toes by Diana J Febry

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Karen chose to read and review Bells On Her Toes by Diana J Febry.


The book introduces you to DCI Peter Hatherall and DI Fiona Williams. They are called to Elmsgrove Farm where human remains are discovered after a suspicious barn fire.

With Bells On Her Toes, Diana J. Febry has created an intriguing story of a relatively easy seeming case that is just the beginning of a strange series of events. Bells On Her Toes is a very gripping read with lovingly elaborated characters; I learned a lot about the characters, more details than usual โ€“ yet not too many details. Diana J. Febry gives the reader time to get acquainted with the characters and the case and it gets more and more thrilling as the story proceeds. I was drawn into the story right away, was really close to Peter, Fiona and all events. Bells On Her Toes is a great British mystery. You will enjoy it even if you usually prefer fast-paced reads.

This a book to read again. Highly recommended.

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Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Vanessa reviews Bells On Her Toes by Diana Febry

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โ€œI have to start with the positives. This detective murder mystery had a lot of twists and I did not see the ending coming.

However, I have to admit that the range of characters and interview situations took me out of the story a lot and it wasn’t until I was about half way that it picked up the pace and I had to finish it to find out what was going to happen.

Having read a lot of Agatha Christie novels in my time, I think the problem was that I did not really like either of the main characters. They had too much emotional baggage which detracted from the mystery at hand. Both Poirot and Mrs Marple had solid characters that compel you to believe they will come up with the goods against the odds. The big reveal in Christie novels is always full of surprise.

In the case of “Bells on Her Toes” the finale fizzled out, and the tying up of loose ends did not add much to the story. I think that the removal of some characters would tighten up this plot. A romantic angle will also keep it more exciting. The romantic side of things was pretty depressing… unhappy marriage, woes of parenthood (I can relate to this one), and unfulfilled relationships.

Even so, worth a read if you enjoy detective mysteries.

I obtained it for free for an honest review via Rosie’s Book Review Team. I can only hope this review is helpful in some way.โ€

Rated: 3 stars

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Jessie reviews Bells On Her Toes by Diana J Febry

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I seem to be stuck with an unfortunate combination: the love of a good mystery and a proneness to an overactive, nightmare-inducing imagination. I blame Nancy Drew for my love of a good mystery with all its twists, turns, sleuthing and excitement. Unfortunately, now mysteries are often of the murder type, which plays to that overactive imagination of mine and so they aren’t my typical fare.  Back, ages ago, when we had a TV I could occasionally be sucked into a random crime drama. I’d divide my time between watching icky things between my fingers, enjoying the thrill of the investigation and being majorly confused as to what sort of shenanigans the characters were up to outside their day jobs. I loved it and hated it all at the same time.

I am still tempted by the occasional murder mystery but now exclusively in the written format. Fortunately, books are always better and this one was no exception.

For starters I never had to read any of it from behind my fingers. Because, let’s face it, unless you are the Cat in the Hat, reading with your eyes shut tight makes the whole experience very difficult. I may never look at a pitchfork without wincing again but other than that minor incident the gore was kept to a minimum. The book focused on the sleuthing, investigating and the general fascinating rottenness and strangeness of humans pushed to their limits. You know, all the best parts. It did become apparent early on that this wasn’t the detective’s debut novel but unlike the television crime dramas I’ve seen, I was able to pick up the lines of their personal lives without a problem.

Would I recommend it? Its got twists, its got turns, it’s got drama and horses and tea and it didn’t give me a single nightmare. My only disappointment is that I didn’t read The Skeletons of Birkbury first.

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