Three Sisters and Showstoppers are two novella-length stories in the Emily Castles mystery series. The first full-length novel, Invitation to Die, will be published by Thomas & Mercer in October 2013.
The Emily Castles mystery series is set in present-day London. It features twenty-six-year-old Londoner Emily Castles and her neighbor, eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel Crowther. In Three Sisters, Emily goes to a party in a big house at the end of her street. She's sure she witnesses a murder, but no one will believe her. She teams up with Dr. Muriel to investigate.
In Showstoppers, Emily helps out at a local stage school run by her neighbor, Victoria. Soon she's mixed up in a blackmail plot and two deaths. Emily and Dr. Muriel team up to prevent further a massacre live on stage during the end of term show.
Praise for the Emily Castles Mystery Series
Fast-paced, funny, and mysterious... Helen Smith is a master story-teller.
~Socrates Book Reviews
It grips you from the very beginning.
~Babs Books Bistro
Bright, colorful and full of surprises.
~Amazon Vine Reviewer
Fast-paced and unusual, I highly recommend this one.
Praise for Helen Smith
Smith is gin-and-tonic funny.
These books had several great things going for them. First off they were super quick reads. If I'm going to sit down with a light murder mystery, this is how I love them. Witty and quick.
Second, these books are British to the core. My Grandparents grew up in England and moved to America after their second child was born. I grew up with their accents and so many of the words that differ from us here in America. I loved the very British vibe to these books. It made me miss my Grandparents.
I would have to say I enjoyed Showstoppers better of the two books but Three Sisters was a great introduction to key characters found in Showstoppers. These are clean mysteries.
Author Helen Smith
Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. She's the author of bestselling cult novels Alison Wonderland, Being Light and The Miracle Inspector as well as the Emily Castles Mystery Series.
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Thanks for the lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the books. It's great to know that they remind you of your grandparents, though I'm sorry that it made you miss them, too.ReplyDelete