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A Very Lively Murder (Three Dahlias Mysteries Book 2)

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Praise for A Very Lively Murder'A truly entertaining crime novel in the Three Dahlias series, very much in the Agatha Christie tradition, and I hope this series will continue' Shots Magazine'Will please those who liked the opening book' The Critic'Fiendeshly clever' Bucks Herald Praise for Katy Watson'An absolute treat of a read with all the ingredients of a vintage murder mystery: a country house, mysterious dead bodies and three actresses all keen to catch the killer.

This would make an excellent holiday read - it took me longer than an average crime novel as it has a lot more depth to it than I expected, but that was all to the good!

I loved the little touches that showed the bond between the three Dahlias and that they genuinely care for each other. Filming in a remote house in the countryside, accessible only through one road and a small village setting, the cast are very much on top of each other.

I really liked the atmosphere the book created with the North Wales setting and brooding weather conditions. After reading the first book earlier in the year I was eagerly awaiting the next instalment and it did not disappoint! Overall, A Very Lively Murder is another mysterious, amusing, enjoyable treat by Watson that had just the right amount of suspicious personalities, zany antics, and abundance of drama to keep me engaged and entertained from start to finish. The middle one, Caro Hooper, had played Dahlia Lively for 13 years when it was a TV series, and was the most well-known of the three. An avid reader and notebook collector, her dream was to combine the two hobbies by becoming an author and, after spending her teenage years reading paperback Christies on rainy Welsh caravan holidays, it seemed inevitable that one day she'd try writing her own crime novel.And this time, with a storm raging, the river flooded and the bridge washed out, there are no police to rely on so it’s up to the three Dahlias to stop a murderer in their tracks… before another victim is claimed. Truth be told, Nina would not have fitted either, as she was pregnant, so why would she risk it all revenging something that happened 8 years ago now, when she is happy and about to have a baby, which she is excited about. I love the intergenerational play between the disgraced former child star with the social media experience, the middle-aged woman who doesn't seem to exist and the slightly tainted national treasure. But releasing new books every year will never be the right solution, especially if you need more time to build this lovely world you have created.

This is, without a doubt, the very best of the modern Agatha Christie inspired series and with any luck the excellence seen here with long continue. It's always a little nervewracking heading into the second book of a series when the first book set the standard so high but I needn't have worrried, we are. I fairly zoomed through this one, clever, a little bit of old school murder and detection and a very satisfying conclusion. A good 100 pages pass when we get a second death, this time murder for sure, as one of the old actors has been stabbed. Posy had also registered the presence of Dominic Laugharne, another well-known actor of the old school.Biography: Katy Watson grew up in North Wales, as part of a family of folk singers, storytellers and murder mystery addicts.

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