My Thoughts on the third cosy mystery in the Cherringham series .......
CHERRINGHAM: MURDER BY MOONLIGHT
MATTHEW COSTELLO & NEIL RICHARDS
Published: 13 Feb 2014
Publisher: Bastei Entertainment
Just two weeks to go before the Cherringham Charity Christmas Concert. Choir rehearsals are in full swing. Then the worst thing happens: Kirsty Kimball, one of the singers, is found dead from a severe allergic reaction to one of the home-made rehearsal cakes. Jack is pulled in to help bolster the depleted choir - and soon he's convinced that Kirsty's death was no accident. Sarah agrees, and quickly the two of them are immersed in the jealousies, rivalries and passions of Cherringham's Rotary Club choir ...
Here we are again in the small town of Cherringham meeting up with Jack and Sarah, this time getting involved in the mysterious murder of gift shop owner Kirsty in the midst of preparations for the annual Christmas concert. Everyone at the choir knew of her allergy but who would want her dead, and now everyone of them was a suspect as Jack goes undercover and joins their number.
Between Sarah's flirty conversations with one of the suspects, Jack's no-nonsense approach with another, they begin to discover plenty of secrets among the choir members.
I really enjoy following how this unlikely partnership carry out their investigations, they are both so different but it all comes together nicely and neatly in the end.
The plots are not complicated, they're clever, and short, and the authors pack a whole lot of storyline into this series.
In this story, though, I didn't feel that I got to know Jack and Sarah any more than in the other two stories, the emphasis was on the other characters, which I enjoyed, but I hope that in the next mystery "Thick as Thieves" we learn a little more about them.
If you haven't read any of them I would recommend them highly, if you like your crimes cosy then check them out. Here are my reviews in order:
Cherringham: Murder on Thames
Cherringham: Mystery at the Manor
Also check out this brilliant guest post that the authors recently gave to Carole's Book Corner. It's a fascinating insight to the series beginnings.
About the Authors
Co-authors Neil Richards and Matthew Costello are known for their script work on major computer games. The Cherringham crime series is their first fictional transatlantic collaboration. Matthew has written and designed dozens of bestselling games including the critically acclaimed The 7th Guest, Doom 3, Rage and Pirates of the Caribbean. He is also the author of a number of successful novels, including Vacation (2011) and Beneath Still Waters (1989), which was made into a movie. Neil has worked as a producer and writer in TV and film, creating scripts for BBC, Disney, and Channel 4, and earning numerous Bafta nominations along the way. He’s also written script and story for over 20 video games including The Da Vinci Code and Starship Titanic, co-written with Douglas Adams, and consults around the world on digital storytelling.