I recently discovered the novels written by author Carrie Marsh and am excited to share that I am now a part of her ‘street team’ or review team for those of you unaware of the term. Basically this means that I get access to her latest novels a little bit before the book is released to the public. Read on for my review on her latest novel that was just released called Paying Back the Dead.
Paying Back the Dead by Carrie Marsh
This was the first novel I’ve read written by author Carrie Marsh and I’m happy to report that I am now officially a big fan of her work. Cozy mysteries are one of my favorite reading genres and I love when supernatural touches are thrown into the mix, especially when it involves a cat! One of the best things about Carrie’s novel is that even though it’s technically part of a series, it can totally be read as a standalone. If you love the book then you can go back and read the ones that came before it and the new book hasn’t ruined the storyline for the previous ones.
Paying Back the Dead is a cozy mystery set in a small town where news travels fast and the dead body count seems to be on the rise. Laura finds herself involved in uncovering clues for another mystery and puts herself in danger while attempting to clear her family from being charged with a crime they didn’t commit. This story is filled with mystery, humor, love and just a touch of magic. I enjoyed the writing style and I thought the clues were well-placed in the story without giving away whodunnit too early in the game.
This was a quick, fun read, and I suggest it to anyone looking for a bit of laughter and mystery that won’t make you scared to fall asleep at night. I’m looking forward to going back and reading the previous novels in the series and then working my way back through the author’s other novels too.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
I received a complimentary review copy via the author. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion.
About the Book
Title: Paying Back the Dead
Author: Carrie Marsh
Published: March 31, 2017
Book Blurb: The only thing worse than death is taxes…
With two solved murders behind her, Laura Howcroft is more than content with her calm, tranquil existence as The Woodend Cottage Hotel receptionist. Little more than year in the small village of Millerfield and Laura has already seen enough bloodshed to last her a life time. Things have been quite recently in the small British village and Laura can only hope they stay that way. Peaceful, calm and simple.
But when Laura discovers she has a cousin in the village, an encounter that rapidly uncovers the unexpected murder of her cousin’s husband, Laura knows that the only way to help out is to investigate for her. With the Police pointing fingers at Judy Hugh, the wife of the recently deceased local tax-official, Laura, Howard and Monty are on the trail again.
After all who in their right mind would want to murder a much-mistrusted tax official..?
Can Laura uncover the real killer that left a tax-man horribly murdered?
Or will her own recently-rediscovered cousin take the fall for the death of her husband?
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