A Mirror Murder
By Helen Hollick
Published by Taw River Press
What it’s about?
Eighteen-year-old library assistant Jan Christopher’s life is to change on a rainy Friday evening in July 1971, when her legal guardian and uncle, DCI Toby Christopher, gives her a lift home after work. Driving the car, is her uncle’s new Detective Constable, Laurie Walker – and it is love at first sight for the young couple.
But romance is soon to take a back seat when a baby boy is taken from his pram, a naked man is scaring young ladies in nearby Epping Forest, and an elderly lady is found, brutally murdered…
Are the events related? How will they affect the staff and public of the local library where Jan works – and will a blossoming romance survive a police investigation into murder?
What I think:
I absolutely love a good cosy mystery series and this is set to be a great one!
A Mirror Murder is the first in the series of Jan Christopher mysteries.
Set in 1971, there’s lots of period detail – music, movies, fashion, decimalisation jokes and local communities where people actually know their neighbours.
Jan is such a great character. She is young and inexperienced but witty and observant. Her back story is really interesting – a twin sister who died when she was a baby, no mum on the scene and a father who was shot and killed. She lives with her uncle and aunt. What I like is she is level headed and sensible – she accepts her past and is loving her life.
Her developing relationship with D. C. Laurie Walker is lovely. They are both completely smitten and their efforts to make each other happy are delightful.
Having moved from Devon to London, Laurie is keen to make a name for himself. He’s hardworking, polite and respectful. He wants to meet a nice girl and get married and sets his cap on Jan as soon as they meet.
The mystery of mirror murder is intriguing and heartbreaking – no spoilers from me – but the story that emerges is a good mystery with a satisfying ending.
There is a lot of humour in this book as well. The library manager is great, if hideous, character.
I really warmed to Jan and her family and will definitely be reading the next book in the series when it is published.
A quick read with a great mystery and a cast of delightful and fun characters.
If you want to join January’s adventures in 1971 use the purchase links below and add A Mirror Murder to your TBR pile.
About the author:
First published in 1994, Helen became a USA Today Bestseller with her historical novel, The Forever Queen (titled A Hollow Crown in the UK) with the sequel, Harold the King (US: I Am The Chosen King) being novels that explore the events that led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Her Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy is a fifth-century version of the Arthurian legend, and she writes a nautical adventure/fantasy series, The Sea Witch Voyages.
She is now branching out into the quick read novella, ‘Cosy Mystery’ genre with her new venture, the Jan Christopher Murder Mysteries, set in the 1970s, with the first in the series, A Mirror Murder (due to be published in early 2021) incorporating her, often hilarious, memories of working as a library assistant.
Her non-fiction books are Pirates: Truth and Tales and Life of A Smuggler. She lives in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in North Devon, runs Discovering Diamonds, a review blog for historical fiction, and occasionally gets time to write…
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Thank you to Helen Hollick and Taw River Press for the gifted copy of the book and to Damppebbles Blog Tours for inviting me to be a part of this great blog tour.