Today I am so thrilled to be taking part in the publication day party by sharing my review for No Simple Death by Valerie Keogh. Happy publication day Valerie!
No Simple Death by Valerie Keogh
Release Date: 4th of December
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 305 pages
Genre: Crime Mystery
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
How can you find someone who doesn’t want to be found?
When Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West is called to investigate a murder in a Dublin graveyard, suspicion immediately falls on a local woman, Edel Johnson, whose husband disappeared some months before. But then she disappears.
Evidence leads West to a small village in Cornwall, but when he checks in to an Inn, he finds Edel has arrived before him. Her explanation seems to make sense but as West begins to think his suspicions of her are unfounded, she disappears again.
Is she guilty? West, fighting an unsuitable attraction, doesn’t want to believe it. But the case against her is growing. Back in Dublin, his team uncover evidence of blackmail and illegal drugs involving Edel’s missing husband. When another man is murdered, she, once again, comes under suspicion.
Finally, the case is untangled, but is it the outcome West really wants?
No Simple Death is a murder mystery with a touch of romance, set in the Dublin suburbs.
This book was previously published under the title The One May Smile
No Simple Death is the first book in the Garda West series and is a great start to the franchise. It is full of mystery, suspense and shocking revelations with twists and turns aplenty to keep you on the edge of your seat. It is great whodunnit with a little bit of romance that keeps you guessing throughout and reading well into the night as you race to see how it is all going to unfold. If you love these things in a crime mystery then this is definitely the book for you!
Valerie has crafted a plot which is a well thought through police procedural crime mystery that keeps you hooked right from the start. Set is the suburbs of Dublin, the story is told through two voices, Edel Johnson and Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West, as they are brought together when Edel stumbles across a dead body in a graveyard near her home. It isn’t long before Mike establishes a connection between the body and Edel’s missing husband Simon, where Edel must come to terms with what Simon was caught up in, which also puts her life in danger.
Valerie has done a really great job with the setting of the story and it’s characters which have all been brought to life really well. I throughly enjoyed the character of Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West and I look forward to seeing how he evolves in future books. I wasn’t drawn immediately to Edel but as the story progressed I found her likeable and enjoyed the chemistry she had with Mike. The secondary characters are a mixed bag of likeable and unlikeable which brings a perfect balance to the story.
I really enjoy Valerie’s writing style. It draws the reader in immediately and is engaging and effortless in its approach. While No Simple Death is a slow burn to start with, it did capture my attention and held my interest from the get go and when the story took off, I found it very hard to put down. It is extremely well written, descriptive though not over done and Valerie does a great job at making you feel a part of the story as she brings it to life.
I am really looking forward to the second book in this series and seeing what Valerie has in store next for Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West. Having only been introduced to Valerie’s work this year, she has fast become an author added to my favourites list. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review No Simple Death which I highly recommend.
Thank-you to Heather Fitt for inviting me to join in the publication day celebrations for No Simple Death and for the copy of the ebook which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
Let’s Get to Know Valerie Keogh
Valerie Keogh was born in Dublin, qualified as a nurse and then studied English in University College Dublin gaining a BA in English and a Masters in American Literature.
She moved to the UK several years ago where she lives with her husband, Robert, and cat, Fatty Arbuckle. She enjoys writing both crime and psychological thrillers.
When she’s not writing, Valerie loves to travel.
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