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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

#BlogTour Rubies in the Roses by Vivian Conroy #bookreview



Welcome to Cornisea island and spend your summer holidays in a Cornish Castle.

Guinevere Evans has a dream summer job: cataloguing books at a castle on a tidal island off the coast of Cornwall. With her perky dachshund Dolly by her side she explores the island’s colourful history, tries fabulous local food and sees the gorgeous sunsets.
But when an old friend of her employer drops in, claiming a rare bejewelled wedding goblet is hidden in the castle gardens, strange events start to take place: several people turn up claiming they have a right to the elusive goblet, and a dead body is found on the beach.
An unfortunate accident, or does this death relate to the struggle for ownership of the goblet? Is there even a goblet?
Guinevere and Dolly dig in and discover plenty of motives to lie, steal and yes, maybe even kill. Can they prove what really happened to the victim and what became of the precious rubies that are at the heart of the mystery?





Delighted to be part of this fabulous Blog Tour today and to share my thoughts on another fabulous read from Vivian Conroy - if you'd like to know more about Vivian then please follow her via Twitter @VivWrites



MY REVIEW


Guinevere and her faithful companion Dolly the dachsund are back for more mystery solving in this engaging series set in Cornisea Island.

Following on from the first in the series, Death Plays A Part, Guinevere is still at the Castle helping Lord Bolingbrooke catalogue his extensive library, and life in this idyllic setting takes a sinister twist once more. With the arrival of old acquaintances, a treasure hunt for a lost goblet soon becomes the talk of the Island, and pits friends old and new against each other, as they try and track it down and claim ownership. And when another body washes up in the docks, it becomes clear that this goblet search is proving to be a costly one.

I loved the return of the characters from the first book, with the new additions adding extra depth, and although it is part of a series it can easily be read as a stand alone. The storyline was really easy to be drawn into, and I found it to have a slightly darker edge than the first book, but still managed some lighter moments - normally thanks to Dolly and her exploits!

It was full of intrigue and kept me guessing from start to finish and I found myself suspecting everyone! Not sure I'd make a great detective!! I have been well and truly won over by the cosy mystery genre and look forward to finding more mysteries to enjoy!!

thank you to netgalley and the publishers for the advanced e-copy in return for a fair and honest review




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