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When an ambassador's children are killed in a deliberate gas explosion in the middle of the night, Violet Despuis is on the case.
Right from the start, not everything is as it seems, as Cassie confirms at the crime scene that one of the victims had been poisoned beforehand. What Cassie expects to be an open-and-shut case ends up becoming a case of international intrigue and suspicion, with MI5 doing their best to stop Violet and Cassie from pursuing the case.
And what happens when Cassie decides to take on a small case for a friend on her own? It turns out there's a lot more at stake here in London than just catching a murderer....
The Cassie Coburn Mysteries is a cozy mystery series featuring a Sherlock Holmes-style sleuth. If you want a light, fun, modern mystery featuring a San Francisco girl totally out of her element in London, and a crazy French woman who happens to be very good at noticing things, then this is the series for you.
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By Marily14 on 02-24-18
Enjoying this different twist
Not a detective, not a cop, just what is she? She is brilliant, a bit anti social and not the main character. Its like Sherlock and Watson in female bodies, but with a twist. The Reader plays all the parts well. An enjoyable experience!
By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 01-09-18
Death by bombing or poison?
Cassie gets wakened in the middle of the night by a phone call from her detective friend Violet, who tells her to come look at the liver of a dead man right away in
Bombing in Belgravia by Samantha Silver. Cassie wants to return to sleep and go in the morning, but Violet keeps ringing Cassie until the American woman agrees to drag herself out of bed and go to see Violet. As a surgeon who lost her career when she was injured in a car accident, Cassie has become Violet's medical advisor and Watson in this pastiche of the Sherlock Holmes books that never actually references Holmes. When Cassie arrives at the address, she finds a home that has been blown up in a gas explosion, killing two8 8ýw,and o. Violet takes Cassie to the body of a woman and asks whether she was killed in the explosion or died before the event. Noticing the scent of garlic, the pair of women deduce the presence of arsenic and realize that the woman was dead prior to the explosion. When the police realize that the victims are the daughter and son of the British ambassador to Taiwan, the case becomes even more important, bringing in MI-5, the internal security services, who pay Violet a visit, ordering her under the threat of arrest to keep away frin from his might outrage
With this book's being a mere four hours long, it can't reach the depth of longer books, yet it still manages to include real substance, something that really impresses me. Most second books in a series spend a lot of time catching the readers up on what they might have missed in the first book, but Silver manages to give the barest information necessary without losing the new readers. In doing so, she successfully keeps returning readers from getting bored, a balancing trick not many authors perform as effectively as Silver does. The mystery plot kept me eagerly listening to every detail, yet surprised me quite a bit as to the solution of the murder mystery. I really did not want the book to end so quickly!
In addition, I really appreciated the characters, who made me smile in their details. Written creatively, each character seems realistic, even the eccentric and rather strange Violet.
I was highly impressed by the audiobook performance of Patricia Santomasso. She did a lot to bring the book to life, with creative inflections, believable voices for the characters, and well- performed accents of British, French, and Scottish as well as the American narrator. Santomasso clearly makes the book a lot of fun to listen to.
Bombing in Belgravia is an admirable sequel to Poison in Paddington, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am impressed by the quality of writing, the unique murder plot, which took us in many different directions, and the characters that truly made me appreciate them. I give this book five stars.