Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Poisonous Journey by Malia Zaidi

Title:  A Poisonous Journey
Series:  A Lady Evelyn Mystery
Author:  Malia Zaidi
Publication Date:  August 27/15 by Book Baby
Length:  394pgs
Genre:  historical mystery
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

The year is 1925, a time that hovers between two catastrophic wars, a time of jazz and sparkle, and a time of peace and reflection. For Lady Evelyn, struggling to outrun the ghosts of her tragic past, it is a time of transformation. Left orphaned after a fire when she was only four, Lady Evelyn Carlisle was raised in London by her stern aunt and uncle. Now, twenty years later she has grown restless and is keen to escape her chaperone's grasp. A letter from her cousin, Briony, living with her husband on Crete, comes at just the right time. Packing what she can, Lady Evelyn makes off for foreign shores. Welcoming her are not only Briony and her husband, Jeffrey, but also his handsome and mysterious friends, Caspar Ballantine and Daniel Harper. Though the latter carries with him tragic memories of the Great War, Evelyn is glad to be in their company. With the sun warming her back and the dazzling sea in her sights, this fresh start seems destined for happy days ahead. Little does she know . . . What starts off as a sunny holiday quickly turns into a sinister nightmare, when Evelyn stumbles across the corpse of one of her cousin's houseguests. Drawn into the mystery surrounding the murder, Evelyn embarks on a mission to discover the truth, forcing her to face her own past as well as a cold-hearted killer. With the help of her cousin, the handsome local police detective, and the mysterious Daniel Harper, will she uncover the truth, before another life is claimed? A varied cast of characters, an engaging mystery at its core, an exotic setting, and a thoughtful, plucky heroine provide a story that will appeal to fans of many genres.

My Review:

Talk about a murder mystery with flair! Zaidi not only takes readers back to the early 20th century, she does so with class. The history and character development fits with the period. At the same time, the plot itself kept me guessing. Zaidi throws twists and turns at readers throughout, while also refraining from throwing anything out of left field. The suspense that the author creates is of the mellow, low key sort, lulling you in to a sense of security while trying to unravel the mystery that she’s created.

Not only are the characters in this novel well developed, they are ones that I would truly like to know in the real world. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them, watching them tyring to unravel the same mystery that I was attempting to piece together.

This fun & original historical mystery definitely held my attention throughout. Zaidi’s creativity & imagination definitely shine through in this well written novel that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others.

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