The Best Women Sleuths And Suspense Fiction Reviewed By BookViral

"Escapist fun with cleverly orchestrated twists..."

Women Sleuths And Suspense

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  • Publication date: ‎ July 28, 2023
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 308 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN: ‎ B0CCXX4H4P
  • Genre: Women Sleuths And Suspense


The BookViral Review:

A gratifyingly good page-turner with depth, intrigue and an edgy narrative Ashley Addison leads her readers on another superb investigative caper in Book Three of her Vivianne Murphy Mystery series.

If a mystery novel is to be convincing it has to feel utterly plausible and yet far too many releases in the genre prove disappointing. It’s for this reason that Addison’s novel stands out. And with back stories for her main characters fully established they are beginning to feel like treasured friends.

A vivid and insightful writer Addison writes with an impeccable eye for nuance to deliver a taut, compelling read with a superbly executed plot. She has a fine eye for the pressures and poignancies of her characters which combined with her ability to craft an intricate and intelligent plot rapidly draws her readers in.

First and foremost is Vivianne Murphy with Addison ably managing to avoid trite tropes to bring a well-worn familiarity to her character whilst imbuing her with more endearing qualities than readers typically expect from a protagonist in the genre. Crafting her persona with attention to detail, sharp dialogue and subtleties of character to give us a protagonist who is tenacious, resilient, loyal and utterly convincing.

A superb supporting cast of characters provide delicious moments, to be sure, with key characters like Annie, John and the cuttingly caustic Detective Traynor proving to be much more than window dressing in support of a compelling plot. Addison wants us to feel connected to them in the same way we do with Vivianne and Venice. We can’t help but be drawn into their stories and like Vivianne we feel compelled to see justice done.

With events threatening to overwhelm Annie and Addison’s predictably impeccable twists and tonal flourishes bringing a spiralling frame-up to life, Venice gives proceedings just the right amount of jolt to keep Vivianne from getting into too much trouble and keep the story’s blood flowing.

Escapist fun with cleverly orchestrated twists Real Estate, Betrayals, and Bodies has all the hallmarks and style of previous releases in Addison’s series and is unreservedly recommended.

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