Hi everyone! I am the stop today on the blog tour for Preserved by Fiona Sherlock.
She’s stuck in the past, the killer wants to immortalise his future. When a local farmer announces on social media that he has discovered a bog body in Ardee, the world’s historians are keen to explore the secrets of the life and grisly death of the victim. Antique journalist January Quail is fighting to keep her newspaper job and uncovers far more than she bargained for.
The victim is actually a recent murder, and January uses her nose for the truth to investigate the County Louth town. From shopkeeper to the publican, everyone is a suspect, but when the Gardai can’t find the killer, can January?
Once she sets down the liqueur glass, January gains the confidence of the lead garda investigator. Within days, the case unravels into a much more dangerous situation with a killer on the loose.
Despite the risk, January is electrified that this newest discovery has come at the perfect time to inject some colour into her flailing career. January relinquishes her old ways to fight for survival, abandoning her antiques column and vintage corsets to solve a cryptic crime that has the experts puzzled. This woman who longs to lives in the past must now fight for her life in the present.
I would just like to start by saying that I completely love mystery books so this one pulled me in from the start. It started out slightly slow as we get January’s back story with how her job was on the line.
I really enjoyed all the little details we got about her job and her past with the newspaper. This made her fight for the spots she wanted more realistic as we knew why she was fighting so hard.
January was a character that knew what she wanted and fought hard for it in any way that she needed to. I really enjoyed her as a character. I also enjoyed the use of the coroner and how the reader gets the rundown of the body along with January. I thought that was a fun little bit that we learn with January and hearing it straight from the coroner’s mouth.
I thought the idea of the novel was very creative. I didn’t know bog bodies were a thing. At first when the foot is pulled out I was so confused on everyone’s reaction until it was explained about what a bog body was. Just the genius of having the body in there, and all the details that were put into the body were great and things that really stuck out in the novel. The killer was definitely smart and keen to little detail and yet so is January.
This was a fun read, it runs at about 450 pages so it is a book you can sit down with and really dive into and enjoy.
Fiona Sherlock is a crime writer from Bective, in Ireland. Her murder mystery games are played across the world. She also writes poetry and prose but cannot stay away from a good murder. After spending a decade in Dublin working in public relations and journalism, she moved to the country for mid-day fires and elderflower champagne.
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