Friday, 13 July 2018

Tied Up With Strings by Madeline McEwen - Blog Tour, Book Review & #Giveaway

Tied Up with Strings (A Serebral Seniors Mystery) by Madeline McEwen

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series Imajin Qwickies, An imprint of Imajin Books 
(December 11, 2017) 
Print Length: 85 pages 
An Imajin Qwickies® Mystery/Crime Novella Big mysteries often come in small packages…

When curmudgeonly private detective Betty Grape visits a young friend, who is housesitting in a remote village in England for Christmas vacation, something seems out of place. Her friend, Catia, is visibly nervous. Is she worried about the young men in the decrepit caravan in next door’s back garden? Or is Catia involved in the disappearance of the homeowner’s invalid wife?
As an American, Betty discovers the locals are full of friendly gossip but taciturn about solid facts. Though they are determined to keep Betty from butting in on their territory, she blunders through the social morass of narrow-minded foreigners and their broad Dorset accents. Can she unravel the tight knots of this mystery? Will she find the perpetrator under thickly thatched rooves or behind floral chintz curtains?

The story opens three days before Christmas in a very snowy Devon village when Betty arrives to visit her young friend, Catia, who she hasn't seen for several years.

Right from their first meeting, Betty knows something is amiss, but she's not sure exactly why she feels like that.

Betty has a very suspicious nature, she questions almost everything, possibly due to the fact that, back home in California, she's a part owner in a detective agency and she trusts no-one!

There are several mysteries in this novella and the author manages to pack quite a lot of storyline into so few pages.  I thought some of the conversations were a little stilted and unreal, but the dialogue did move the story along at a rapid pace.  

Betty is a straight-talker and I liked this personality trait of hers, she asks questions of people and didn't hold back in her thoughts!

Overall, an enjoyable and quick read that neatly tied up all the loose ends!

About the Author

Madeline McEwen is an ex-pat from the UK, bi-focaled and technically challenged. She and her Significant Other manage their four offspring, one major and three minors, two autistic, two neurotypical, plus a time-share with Alzheimer's. In her free time, she walks the canines and chases the felines with her nose in a book and her fingers on a keyboard.

Author Links 
Website http://www.madelinemcewen.c

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