Really pleased to welcome author Vivian Conroy today on my blog as part of a blog tour feature of The Reading Light Is On…for her latest book release Death Plays A Part
I’m super excited to be on the blog today in the fabulous ongoing series The Reading Light is On to share my favourite reads. As my new summer release Death Plays a Part is set at a castle on a tidal island off the coast of Cornwall, I thought it would be fun to share my favourite books set on an island. As mystery is my game, these are all mystery reads!
(This feature normally has five favourite books followed by five next reads but Viv chose a series as part of her five favourite reads)
1) The Death in Paradise novels. Yes, there are Death in Paradise novels and they are originals that is, not the same stories as in the TV series. Indeed, where often a TV series is the adaptation of a book, the order was the other way around here: Death in Paradise creator Robert Thorogood started writing novels after the series had already achieved cult status. As an enormous fan of the series I had high hopes for the books and was not disappointed. If you like twisty mystery with a great main character (Richard Poole!) pick up these books!
2) Evil Under The Sun. A classic Agatha Christie story with great characters and a fab setting on an island that is like my Cornisea Island cut off from the mainland at high tide while a special vehicle can bring tourists across at low tide. Poirot is more or less forced to go there for his health and horrified to discover what he has to eat and drink (not to mention that he actually has to exercise) but soon strange events pique his attention and when they culminate in murder, he’s on his finest form. Do check out the TV adaptation with David Suchet as Poirot for the beautiful location where it was filmed, great acting and of course … an ingenious resolution mystery lovers will thoroughly enjoy.
3) And Then There Were None. Possibly the creepiest Agatha Christie I ever read. As a teen I was so impressed by the evil genius behind this plot that I didn’t dare sleep with the book beside my bed. I was convinced the killer would come to kill me because I knew who it was. Conveniently ignoring that millions before me had already become acquainted with said killer’s identity. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves an isolated setting and the idea of strangers thrown together in an adventure that takes a deadly turn. If you love an island set book, I hope you will also take a look at
Next five books to read
1. Brother Cadfael’s Penance, one of my all time favourites to reread
2. The new Death in Paradise novel Death Knocks Twice releasing on the 27th of July
3. Biography of Sir Edmund Hillary who conquered the Mount Everest
4. A Sherlock Holmes story because my cloth-bound edition with foreword by PD James is too pretty not to use every once in a while
5. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen also a reread because it’s just the perfect weekend comfort read especially when one imagines Colin Firth as Darcy!
Death Plays a Part, first in my Cornish Castle mystery, where a simple rehearsal session ends in real-life murder and my leading lady and her cute dachshund Dolly must use their knowledge of theatre tricks to unravel the mystery. Also: if you have a dachshund, I’d love to know what he or she is called and if he or she is just as naughty, I mean, adventurous, as Dolly in the book.
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Vivian Conroy writes the Cornish Castle Mysteries for HarperCollins, with Death Plays a Part releasing in July and Rubies in the Roses following in late August. Her Lady Alkmene Mysteries, of which the first instalment A Proposal To Die For became an Amazon USA and Canada best seller in five categories, will continue with a new instalment in October, Fatal Masquerade, set at a Venetian style masked ball where every guest has a secret and some of these secrets prove lethal. For all the latest bookish news, with plenty of dogs and desserts, follow Vivian on Twitter via @VivWrites. You can also find her books on Goodreads, Library Thing, Book Bub and Fantastic.
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