Blood-Tied (Esme Quentin Mystery) (Paperback) by Wendy Percival

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List Price: £8.99

Paperback: 246 Pages.

Published: 02 October 2013 by Silverwood Books

Edition: Revised

ISBN: 1781321582

EAN: 9781781321584

Review by Debra Found

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Esme's sister Elizabeth is attacked and left in a coma. As Esme seeks to find out why she unearths a decades old mystery.

I enjoyed this book & found its story telling perfectly adequate though not special. It is an ideal light read verging on a cozy crime style book.

The characters were not as well developed as I felt they could have been. We do get dribs and drabs of Esme's past but I never felt that any of this developed her into a rounded character that I could understand. I found some of her behaviour at odds with other actions. Her niece, Gemma, was even more strange. Why would anyone not move heaven & earth to discover what had happened to their Mother? Why would you totally disengage from your only family support whilst your Mother is in a coma?As the older person why did Esme not try to find common ground & not leave it so she didn't connect or support her niece for days on end?

There were some occasions where I felt the conclusions reached by Esme & her friend Lucy were a little unlikely & the connection quite tenuous. On other occasions she was definitely quite dense! However, this is fiction & as a reader I am happy to allow some leeway despite it grating slightly.

This is a debut book which was a good enough read. Perhaps the author's future books will settle a bit & she will get into her stride. I will certainly be prepared to give another one a try.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley

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