Today I am sharing my review for Murder With The Gemstone Knife by Jane Hone and Katharina Wallenborg.
Murder With The Gemstone Knife
by Jane Hone and Katharina Wallenborg.
Release Date: 13th of November
Print Length: 273 pages
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A Brand New Mystery Awaits Our Lady Sleuths – Patricia Svensson and Amy McKenzie never expected to be confronted with such a gruesome scene, as they peacefully strolled along side Rothenburg’s medieval wall. The respected local gent, laying on the ground before them with a knife protruding from his stomach, has only moments left to utter these words, “revenge attack”.
Responding immediately, the ladies call for help but is it too late? What is the connection with the gemstone knife and the fellow’s past criminal activity? Patricia and Amy must trust their instincts and those of others when it comes to unraveling this latest mystery.
Having had the privilege of reading the first book in this charming series, Sleuths by Chance, I couldn’t wait to read its followup, Murder With The Gemstone Knife. Kindly gifted to me from the authors (Thank you so much), this is my honest and unbiased review.
Murder With The Gemstone Knife picks right back up where Sleuths by Chance left off, which left the reader with an almighty cliffhanger! Ever since I had finished reading it, I had been eagerly awaiting as well as impatiently for this follow up to arrive. Was it worth the wait? Read on to find out.
Our leading ladies and amateur sleuths, Patricia and Amy are faced with a gruesome discovery that becomes an intriguing mystery, when the gentlemen with a gemstone knife protruding from his stomach, manages to say the words “revenge attack” as he starts to slip away…
The mystery plays out very well and keeps the reader on their toes. I loved catching up with Patricia and Amy again as their amateur sleuthing skills are used in helping the police solve this latest crime. They have such a beautiful friendship and compliment each other perfectly. It was nice to also be reunited with Ewart, James and Inspector Bertolt von Siemens, who all play their roles well.
Once again the old fashioned writing style pulled me into the story and I loved being transported back to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Germany. The authors really set the scene well and through their writing, which is so vivid, brings the picturesque town to life beautifully. As I mentioned in my review for Sleuths by Chance, I have no idea who wrote each part but, the authors who also complement each other, are so in sync, that they write as one.
What I love most about this cozy mystery series and others that I have read, is the use of its lead characters as amateur sleuths. I enjoy how they help the police, which I know is an issue that some readers have with the genre, branding it as far fetched. Whilst that may be the case, these types of mysteries are meant to be more lighthearted, fun and not the norm.
Murder With The Gemstone Knife is a fun read that is very entertaining and enjoyable. It is the perfect addition to the series and I loved every second of it. I look forward to seeing how the ending of this will be played out in the next instalment and yes I will be waiting impatiently for it! Congratulations on another fantastic read Jane Hone and Katharina Wallenborg. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Murder With The Gemstone Knife, which I highly recommend.
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Let’s Get to Know Jane Hone and
We are Katharina Wallenborg from Sweden and Jane Hone from Australia co-authoring and self publishing our debut novel SLEUTHS BY CHANCE.
The book was released in mid-July 2019 through Amazon.com and we are both so thrilled about our accomplishment, to the point where we decided to continue on with our writing endeavour. In fact, book number two is currently progressing very well.
A little background story about us. We are close friends despite living in differing hemispheres and met via our shared interest in the beautiful and popular Christmas store, Käthe Wohlfahrt, situated in Rothenburg, Germany. How fitting then, to write a novel set in this quaint and colourful medieval town. With our combined interest in reading cosy mystery novels, but also other kinds of books, we decided to go about co-authoring a novel of our very own.
We were inspired of course from the queen of mystery writing Agatha Christie and then also a more contemporary writer Kerry Greenwood who has in recent years, produced the popular Miss Fisher Murder Mystery series. Still it was not obvious that we should write in this genre. It all started with a first page sent to the other and from there we went, no idea what it would be.
Now, we are certainly not in the same league as those two fine ladies, even if it turned out to be a book about mysteries, but we can at least aspire to be and they are great role models.