Antiques and Alibis – A Quirky Investigation With a Sense of Humour @Wendyhjones @LoveBooksGroupTour

Review of Antiques and Alibis
Author – Wendy H. Jones
Rating – 5 Stars
*****

Blurb

antiques and alibis book

Cass Claymore, a red headed, motorbike riding, ex-ballerina inherits a Detective Agency, and accidentally employs an ex-con dwarf and an octogenarian. Hired by a client who should know better, Cass has no leads, no clue and a complete inability to solve a case. Still a girl needs to eat and her highbred client’s offering good money. Join her as, with bungling incompetence, she follows a trail littered with missing antique teddies, hapless crooks, a misplaced Lord of the Realm and dead bodies. Will Cass, and Scotland, survive?

Review

Antiques and Alibis is a bit different from Wendy H. Jones usual style of the gritty Shona McLean crime books and I really like it. This book is gentler in pace and funnier than her usual crime books, but the style works very well for the type of mystery that unfolds.

The very fact that the main character is a red-headed, motorbike riding, ex-ballerina who inherits a detective agency and accidentally hires an octogenarian and an ex-con was one of the premises to Antiques and Alibis, grabbed my attention. It’s quirky and rather different.

Cass Clay is a biker with courage and attitude. You soon realise that her full Christian name of Cassandra just would not suit her at all!

Cass meets her first client who wants her to investigate her son’s missing teddy. You have to keep with it because it is very funny and not just any ordinary teddy, it’s a Steiff teddy bear. 

Our main protagonist does, however, become caught up in more than she expected as she is also on the hunt for another client’s missing brother. Events turn into something more sinister for her and the rest of her clueless team. The twists and turns keep the story moving forwards and creates a bit of tension to the tale.
The book is worth reading to see if she can overcome the fact that she has absolutely no experience in detective work. There’s a saying that “everyone has got to start somewhere” and Cass Claymore is definitely right at the beginning of learning a lot and more than she ever thought she would about the crime that inhabits the north-east of Scotland.

There is much humour to find within this book, right down to how each new character is introduced.

I  enjoyed really getting to know the characters and their personalities, what made them tick and getting to know how all the relationships between them worked. This and the setting are very well-written, so the scene is set and any reader will feel they really know the main characters in time for (hopefully) the next book.

I also love that cover. I find it to be eye-catching and it’s quite exciting in an artistic sort of way. I also must mention the title. It’s a great title and one that also caught my attention. I have been to a couple of Wendy H. Jones events before (worth attending because they are fun). She talks a bit about her passion for alliteration within her events and in the case of the title, it is used exceedingly well.

Overall I enjoyed the book. It was a lot of fun. Wendy H. Jones has pitched the humour just right and I liked the style of writing. This is the first a brand new series of books. I would recommend it to anyone who also likes a bit of quirkiness and a laugh in their life. It’s a book that can be easily read any time of the day. 

About the Author

WendyAward Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer’s Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series. Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2017. There are now six books in this series with Killer’s Crypt being released in August, 2017. The Dagger’s Curse is the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults. This book is currently shortlisted for the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year. She is also a highly successful marketer and she shares her methods in the book, Power Packed Book Marketing.

With thanks to #LoveBooksGroupTours for giving me this great opportunity to be part of the blog tour to write a review of Antiques and Alibis.

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Title: Antiques and Alibis
Author: Wendy H. Jones
Cover Design: Cathy Helms
226 pages
Main Purchase Points:  Amazon, Waterstones
ISBN 978 – 0 – 9956475 – 4 – 5
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