X marks the spot for murder…
In the seaside town of Temple Regis, seagulls are wheeling overhead and the holidays are getting close. And then the body of political candidate Odile Clifford is discovered on the balcony of the lighthouse.
Fearless Riviera Express reporter Judy Dimont goes in search of the killer – but who is it? And where will they strike next?
What’s more, Judy’s position as chief reporter is under threat when her editor takes on hot-shot journalist David Renishaw, whose work is just too good to be true.
Life is busier than ever for Devon’s most famous detective. Can Judy solve the mystery – and protect her position as Temple Regis’s best reporter – before the murderer strikes again?
I received a copy of this book from HQ via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
The retro 1950s ethos of this story intrigued me, so even though I have not read the earlier books in the series I decided to go for it.
The pacing is slow and the plot complex. The characters are in keeping with the time, and have lots of idiosyncracies that make the setting more realistic.
The team dynamics are difficult to grasp reading this far into the series,but the murder mystery is complete.
Miss Dimont is a reporter and amateur sleuth, with a mysterious background. She is astute and has a keen sense of humour.
The Devon setting and the name of the newspaper she works for make the inspiration for the series easy to guess. The fifties was a heyday for this part of Devon.
The visual writing style makes it easy for the reader to imagine the scenes, and adds to the atmospheric plot.
If you can read the series from the beginning it will be more enjoyable. If not immerse yourself in the historic ambience and enjoy the clever, coastal cozy mystery.