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.
Review – Showstoppers is a novella and part of the Emily Castles mysteries. It was a quick read and funny. It was the perfect dose of what I needed. Enough of a book to keep my interest and I found out who “did it” all in one sitting.
The characters are colorful and well developed. This is actually the second book in the series but can be read as a stand alone. Another plus is that the Emily Castle Mysteries are good clean books. I read most genres but I find myself being pulled to more of these books lately. I will review Three Sisters next week and I can’t wait to read more by Helen Smith.
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.