Review: Death At The Seaside

Monday, October 03, 2016

Title: Death at the Seaside
Author: Frances Brody
Genre: Crime & Mystery
Price: £8.99
Publication Date: 06/10/2016

Kate Shackleton heads off to Whitby for a holiday to visit her school friend Alma. However, her holiday is soon cut short as she makes a horrifying discovery at a jeweller's shop. But that's not all, her goddaughter seems to have gone missing. Kate is left to put the pieces of the puzzle together along with her assistant Jim Sykes and the lovely Mrs Sugden.

I love books that are crime and mystery so it's no surprise that I jumped at the chance of reading Death at the Seaside. The book is part of the Kate Shackleton Mystery series but you don't need to read any of the other books before this one as they are all different.

Death at the Seaside seems like a well-researched and planned out book as the detail is fantastic and it really helps us picture the setting and the characters better in our heads. I feel like I got to know all of the characters well, especially the character of Kate Shackleton. I must say, I didn't really feel attached to the character of Felicity as I did to some of the other main characters. I wish her character had more chapters and we got to know her a bit better before all the events took place. However, overall I think there's just the right number of characters in the book who are all relevant to the story in one way or another. 

It's not easy to pull off an interesting main plot in the book, let alone a subplot. I think because there's a subplot, it gives the reader a nice break from the main plot. In exchange, this makes the reader crave more of the main plot as they had some time to think over it. Brody cleverly sustained the plot throughout the book, making the reader excited. It's a murder mystery so the book keeps you guessing but not in a way that will leave you confused.

When I read a book, the ending is what really sets my feelings. I can read a book and find it excellent but if the ending is not satisfying then I end up feeling bitter about the whole book. With Death at the Seaside, I was very happy with the ending and I didn't actually expect that! The book kept me guessing until the very end and it actually made sense. No cliffhanger! 

The narration is consistent throughout and I really like Brody's style of writing. The book is fast-paced but not overly, you're able to get through it fast yet absorb all the information. 

If you're into crime and mystery then this is the book for you! Maybe it's not twisted like Gone Girl but it still leaves you with a craving. 

I give Death at the Seaside a rating of 4/5 just because I would have liked to got to know the character of Felicity more. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I honestly recommend it! I will for sure try to get my hands on the other books from the Kate Shackleton mystery series.

Rating: 4/5

Death at the Seaside is hitting bookshelves on Thursday 6th October

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I'd like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of the book.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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