05 September 2019

Murder at the Book Club

Photo of the book cover of Murder at the Book Club by Betsy Reavley

By Betsy Reavley

Paperback 216 pages
Publisher Bloodhound Books (6th Aug 2018)

'A deliciously Agatha Christie-style mystery that sucks you in from the first page.' Sibel Hodge, bestselling author of Look Behind You

📕My Review

Murder at the Book Club was an enjoyable read and a great way to spend a few hours. Initially drawn in by the promise of dastardly goings-on at a seemingly innocuous reading group, I found myself entertained but not blown away. The characters weren't entirely believable and I thought the situation felt too contrived. On the upside, it was a quick read and kept me engaged. Would I read more books by this author? Absolutely!     

Book Source: Purchased copy
Rating ⭐⭐⭐

📗The Blurb

Imagine nine women meeting. Tea and cake are on the coffee table. They’ve come together to share their love of books. They are friends. They trust each other. It’s a happy gathering. What could be more harmless?

Then scratch the surface and look closer.

One is lonely. One is desperate and one of them is a killer.

When the body of a woman is discovered on a Cambridge common, DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called in to investigate. But the motive behind the crime isn’t clear… And it all leads back to a book club.

As the lies, volatile friendships and tension among the group rise to the surface, DCI Barrett and DI Palmer must work out the motive and track down a cold-blooded killer. But just when they think they are on the right track, a twist in the case throws them off course…

📘The Author

Photo of author Betsy Reavley
Betsy Freeman Reavley is the author of the novels Beneath the Watery Moon, Carrion, The Quiet Ones, The Optician's Wife, Frailty, Pressure, Murder at the Book Club and the poetry collections The Worm in the Bottle and Shadows in the light.

She was born in Hammersmith, London. As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire. 

She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.

In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.

Beneath the Watery Moon is Betsy Reavley's beautifully written first release and tells the macabre story of a young woman battling against mental illness.

Beneath the Watery Moon is published by Not So Noble Books and Joffe Books. It is available as an eBook from Amazon.

Betsy Reavley's second novel Carrion is a psychological chiller that address the link between grief and fear. Carrion was published in 2014 by Bloodhound Books.

The Quiet Ones, published in February 2016 and is a kindle top 100 bestseller, carries on Reavley's tradition of writing psychological thrillers in her own unique way.

The Optician's Wife, was released in June 2016 to critical acclaim.

Frailty is Reavley's newest release and is available on amazon now. 

Reavley says "I think people are at their most fascinating when they are faced with life's real horrors. This is what I love to write about."

Betsy Reavley currently lives in Cambridge, with her husband, 2 children, dog and quail. She is working on her fifth novel.

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