I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
I started this book by D S Nelson in the beginning of October, but time escaped me. I’m not sure if it was the Halloween festivities or that I was reading a PDF version instead of one on my Kindle app (which I love), but this read had a slow start. However, somewhere around 40% it really picked up and I fell in love with the characters. Let’s dive in!
Description from Amazon
Blake Hetherington is back, in the first full length novel of the series, ‘Model For Murder’
When a serial killer strikes at the heart of Tuesbury, Blake is soon on the case. Aided by enthusiastic archaeologist, Delilah Delibes and her Jack Russell Bertie, Blake is once more on the path of a murderer.
In this tale of voodoo, paganism and deep-rooted traditions, fact and myth merge to blur the line between what is real and what is fiction. Can Blake solve the case or will he become the next victim?
What I Loved
Finding a good mystery series. This book took me back to all those mystery series I loved so much growing up. You eagerly want to figure out the mystery, but you also get wrapped up and invested in the characters. That’s what happened here. Blake Heatherington is a lovable, old-school widower with a nose for trouble even though he tries to avoid it. He had me laughing at his inner dialogue, thinking along with him on how to solve the case, and he never failed to manage to make me want to grab a bite to eat and some tea.
It wasn’t too predictable. When you are a mystery-lover the plots can become predictable. I think that Nelson did a great job of not having the outcome be the obvious.
My vocabulary increased. The best thing about reading British Lit? Learning words like Milliner (hat maker), greengrocer (retail trader in fruits and vegetables), and hatinator (somewhere between a hat and a fascinator), which looks something like this. Fascinating! ;-). I would recommend getting this book on a Kindle if you need quick definitions.
The relationship between Blake and Delilah. At first I was a little wierded out thinking there would be something romantic with such a big age gape, but nothing to fear there. Think Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) and Ashley Judd (Kate McTiernan) in Kiss the Girls. They make up an endearing team.
Nelson set scenes really well and I felt transported throughout. I was a little confused at the voodoo descriptions at the beginning of each chapter, and wished they tied in a bit more obviously, but that is a trivial matter. I think that this book (voodoo scenes in particular) would play out really well on the Big Screen, and it’s a mystery series that I will surely be returning to! Hats off to D S Nelson and her delightful sleuthing duo that have captured my attention and heart.
Angie grants 4 out of 5 Halos to this book!