Welcome to Cornisea island and spend your summer holidays in a Cornish Castle.
Guinevere Evans has a dream summer job: cataloguing books at a castle on a tidal island off the coast of Cornwall. With her perky dachshund Dolly by her side she explores the island’s colourful history, tries fabulous local food and sees the gorgeous sunsets.
But when an old friend of her employer drops in, claiming a rare bejewelled wedding goblet is hidden in the castle gardens, strange events start to take place: several people turn up claiming they have a right to the elusive goblet, and a dead body is found on the beach.
An unfortunate accident, or does this death relate to the struggle for ownership of the goblet? Is there even a goblet?
Guinevere and Dolly dig in and discover plenty of motives to lie, steal and yes, maybe even kill. Can they prove what really happened to the victim and what became of the precious rubies that are at the heart of the mystery?
Well Rubies In The Roses by Vivian Conroy is a different read for me, I’m a blood, guts and gore type of girl, so when given the opportunity to read and review Rubies In The Roses I thought okay no serial killers how different can it be. Oh its different, but a wrap yourself up in a warm blanket type of different, a nice cosy gentle murder mystery.
Rubies In The Roses is the second book in the series of the Cornish Castle Mystery starring Guinevere and Dolly the Dachshund, the first being Death Plays A Part, the second book can be read as a standalone or as part of the series.
Guinevere is on a working holiday on the island of Cornisea, with her faithful hound Dolly, where she is cataloguing a library for Lord Bolingbrooke a reclusive man who generally doesn’t entertain guests, until the day Gregory Wadencourt appears at his door. Wadencourt is a historian with an interest in ancient artefacts, in particular a wedding goblet called The Roses and Stars which is adorned with jewels thought to be hidden on Lord Bolingbroke’s castle grounds. Wadencourt plans to be the first to claim the goblet but he is not alone in the pursuit to find the hidden artefact.
The plotline portrays like a treasure hunt where everyone is trying to win the ultimate prize, following the clues to gain knowledge of where the goblet is hidden. Meanwhile a body is found in the water under the pier rocking the islanders sense of security wondering who could have committed such a crime, Guinevere and Dolly partner up on their quest to solve the murder mystery.
Dolly is a pup like any other but I love how she anticipates when Guinevere is in peril and manages to steer her away from certain harm. Its funny while reading the book I literally wanted to scoop Dolly out of the book and have her sitting beside me while we followed the mystery.
Rubies In The Roses is true easy going whodunit mystery which mellows out the mind, there is no tension like there would be in a crime thriller but a nice gentle jaunt through the book producing a nice warm and snuggly feel that makes you smile,
I would certainly recommend Rubies In The Roses for a relaxing read, not too taxing that you have to stop for breath, but a definite pull up a chair, grab a blanket an ‘coorie doon’, chill out with Guinevere and Dolly while they take you on a journey to solve a cosy mystery.
Thanks to HQ Digital and Vivian Conroy for the opportunity to read and review Rubies In The Roses in exchange for an honest review.
Vivian Conroy discovered Agatha Christie at 13 and quickly devoured all Poirot and Miss Marple stories. Over time Lord Peter Wimsey and Brother Cadfael joined her favourite sleuths. Even more fun than reading was thinking up her own fog-filled alleys, missing heirs and priceless artefacts. So Vivian created feisty Lady Alkmene and enigmatic reporter Jake Dubois sleuthing in 1920s London and the countryside, first appearing in A PROPOSAL TO DIE FOR (published by Carina UK/Harper Collins).
For the latest #LadyAlkmene, with a dash of dogs and chocolate, follow Vivian on Twitter via @VivWrites