Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Let Sleeping Murder Lie by Carmen Radtke as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Zoé at Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
American Eve Holdsworth is living her quintessential English dream in a picturesque village in the countryside. Meeting an attractive stranger adds to the appeal.
But Ben Dryden is a pariah in Eve’s new neighbourhood, since his wife was murdered five years ago, and he was the only suspect.
Eve, who is absolutely sure someone as charming as Ben could never be a killer, is determined to solve the case and clear Ben’s name, even if it’s against his will.
Soon enough Eve finds herself in deep waters, and with her life at stake, she can only pray that her romantic notions won’t be the end of her …
I do love a cosy crime so I was eager to read Let Sleeping Murder Lie. In this book we meet Eve who has recently moved to a sweet, picturesque village in the countryside. However before Eve gets the chance to settle in she finds herself right in the middle of things. Eve doesn’t make things easy on herself and is caught up in not only solving a murder but also a budding romance. The romance itself was a lovely addition. I thought the author created a great balance between the mystery and Eve making friendships. With the romance being a welcome side plot that brought an extra charm to the story.
I really enjoyed getting to know Eve, she was both determined and likeable. Her personality shone through especially as she built up a friendship with Hayley. There were a few twists and turns before the big reveal of the killer. Even though I did manage to figure the identity of the killer part way through. This didn’t detract away from my enjoyment of the story. In fact it didn’t really bother me at all. I was happy to sit back and get caught up in the story. Wondering how Eve would put all the clues together and discover the truth for herself. I really enjoyed my walks through the woods with Eve, the mystery and the will they/won’t they romance.
Carmen Radtke has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books and newspapers by her side.
She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents and always dreamt of becoming a novelist and screenwriter.
When she found herself crouched under her dining table, typing away on a novel between two earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, she realised she was hooked for life.
When Carmen is not writing cozy mysteries, reading or dreaming of travel, she is busy acting as resident cat servant or tap-dancing (badly, but enthusiastic).
She is currently working on her next Jack and Frances mystery.
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