Caz Tallis is living her dream, restoring rocking horses in her London workshop. When shabby but charismatic Joe and his dog turn up on
her roof terrace, she is reluctantly drawn into investigating a rock star’s
murder from three years before – an unsolved case the police have closed.
Somebody is prepared to kill to prevent it being reopened. Caz needs to know
who, but is her judgment clouding as she falls in love?
You really can tell a story, with an enviable economy of effort, and
this book deserves to go all the way. Really excellent stuff. Elspeth
Cooper, author of The Wild Hunt
I'm not normally a big fan of the "accidental detective" school of mystery, but the writer makes this one work. The initially implausible situation -- a young woman meets a man and his dog whom she finds camped out on her rooftop terrace and invites them in for breakfast -- is somehow made quite believable. The author accomplishes this magical feat by giving us a narrator/protagonist who is real, likable, interesting and layered. The pacing works and the writing never gets in its own way. While there's certainly a chick-lit quality to this -- Caz is single, young, attractive and has more than one character interested in pursuing a romance with her, this lacks the whinging quality of a lot of that genre and should appeal to anyone (male or female) who likes a good mystery. If Caz continues to find herself involved with investigations, I'll be happy to follow her adventures.
Marion Stein, author of Loisada
This is a good read, full of wonderful quirky detail, with
very real settings, rounded characters and a plausible plot. Jill Prewitt