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Review of Spruced Up For Murder

Hello all! Today I am reviewing Spruced Up For Murder by Helen Golden!

Book blurb:

Death at Francis Court Now Confirmed as Murder!

Speculation is rife that the victim, estate manager Alex Sterling (44), was found by Lady Beatrice (35), the Countess of Rossex, niece of King James. Lady Beatrice, who has finally come out of hiding following her son’s departure to boarding school, has been managing the project to refurbish and redesign the Events Suite at Francis Court, alongside Perry Juke.

Heading up the murder investigation is Detective Chief Inspector Richard Fitzwilliam. Rumour has it that he and Lady Beatrice have a fractious history…

Awful man! How dare Fitzwilliam suggest Lady Beatrice’s sister is the number one suspect for Alex’s murder. It could be any one of the staff who were on-site that morning. Well, she’ll show Mr High and Mighty Fitzwilliam! With her attention to detail, her clever dog Daisy, Perry’s imagination, and his partner’s contacts at Fenshire CID, they’ll find the murderer before him. 

Unless the murderer finds her first…

Cover of Spruced Up for Murder
Cover of Spruced Up for Murder

My Review:

Well first, I must say that I love the cover of this book! And of course, that I love a good whodunnit!

I have one issue with whodunnit’s and it is that most of them I know who did it way before I’m supposed to, but this one kept me on my toes and I can honestly say I didn’t know who had done it, which is amazing! The clues were dropped within the text so well that it didn’t pull much attention to them but instead blended in with the rest of the context.

One thing that really stands out about this whodunnit is the time period. This is unlike most whodunnit’s where they take place before internet and cell phones. This book is contemporary and the characters have to battle against cell phones, and the press. Golden does a great job of integrating these components into the book and really showing how they affect all the characters.

I really enjoyed this new approach to the whodunnit type of book and look forward to the rest of the series!

Author Photo
Photo of Helen Golden, author of Spruced Up For Murder

Author Bio:

Hello. I’m Helen Golden. I write British contemporary cozy whodunnits with a hint of humour. I live in small village in Lincolnshire in the UK with my husband, my step-daughter, her two cats, our two dogs, sometimes my step-son, and our tortoise.

I used to work in senior management, but after my recent job came to a natural end I had the opportunity to follow my dreams and start writing. It’s very early in my life as an author, but so far I’m loving it.

It’s crazy busy at our house, so when I’m writing I retreat to our caravan (an impulsive lockdown purchase) which is mostly parked on our drive. When I really need total peace and quiet, I take it to a lovely site about 15 minutes away and hide there until my family runs out of food or clean clothes


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