Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Feather and Claw

Second in Susan Handley's crime series and this has an exotic holiday setting.

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Book description -

On the sun-soaked island of Cyprus, Cat McKenzie should have been enjoying a relaxing holiday. Instead, she finds herself delving deeper and deeper into the death of a fellow guest. With a keen intuition and an inability to walk away from even the smallest of loose ends, she continues to dig, uncovering the way into the world of a ruthless killer. Outside of her jurisdiction, Cat is forced to use all of her wiles to find the murderer and bring them to account; a task made all the more difficult given the cold-hearted killer’s cunning. 
Choice not chance determines human destiny, but away from home, on sunnier shores, people aren’t always what they seem and choices can be ill informed. 

My review - 

Can a detective ever truly take a holiday? Cat and her friend Amy find the body of a fellow holiday maker and Cat’s mind starts ticking. She believes the circumstances indicate murder but she can’t get solid evidence. The story of her search for it takes her into danger. I enjoyed the characters, particularly Cat, who’s annoying enough to feel human rather than some know-it-all or goody-goody. Also her friend Amy who wants a holiday romance which gets in the way of her and Cat’s original plans. The writing is elegant and the atmosphere created becomes tense. A great crime story in an exotic setting.

Author info

Susan Handley grew up in the Midlands and despite a love of literature, and crime fiction in particular, she never dreamt of being able to carve out a career as a published writer. But the desire to write never left her and after years of writing by night she has at last been able to share the results of her efforts. 

Susan now lives in a small village in rural Kent with her husband and three cats. When she’s not indulging in her love of writing crime fiction she loves walking (the hillier the better), bike riding (the flatter the better) and tending her veggie patch. 


Just a thought - “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

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