Eighteen-year-old library assistant Jan Christopher’s life is to change on a rainy Friday evening in July 1971, when her legal guardian and uncle, DCI Toby Christopher, gives her a lift home after work. Driving the car, is her uncle’s new Detective Constable, Laurie Walker – and it is love at first sight for the young couple.
But romance is soon to take a back seat when a baby boy is taken from his pram, a naked man is scaring young ladies in nearby Epping Forest, and an elderly lady is found, brutally murdered...
Are the events related? How will they affect the staff and public of the local library where Jan works – and will a blossoming romance survive a police investigation into murder?
Reviews and Comments
"There are some authors who write so well that readers will read their books regardless of the subject matter. Having read Ms Hollick’s medieval historical fiction and one of her Seawitch series, along with her nonfiction books, I jumped at the chance to read an advance review copy of her new release. The fact that this is a complete change of direction for the author didn’t matter to me at all.
Knowing I was in the capable hands of an author who really knows her craft, I settled down with A Mirror Murder and pretty much read it in one sitting, thoroughly enjoying it. It’s set in 1971 which of course these days is an historical setting and Ms Hollick evokes every aspect of that world to perfection, and those who remember those times will smile at the references. I liked Jan and the fact that she’s in some ways very ordinary and doesn’t immediately pick up on all the clues. This made her transformation into amateur sleuth much more believable. Laurie is a great character too. He may be tall and handsome but he also suffers moments of indignity which add humour to the piece and make him very human.
I liked the several subplots which left me wondering what, if anything, they had to do with the main plot. There are moments of hilarity and moments of pathos and Ms Hollick steers a steady course throughout. Nothing was too dramatic, but nothing was trivialised either and the humour was always gentle, never cruel. This is described as a cosy mystery and it’s exactly that. Everything is tied up nicely at the end but clearly leaving the way for more of Jan’s adventures, so that this is very much a standalone that is part of a series. I look forward to the next one." Amazon Reader
“A delightful read about an unexpected murder in North East London. Told from the viewpoint of a young library assistant, the author draws on her own experience to weave an intriguing tale.” Richard Ashen (South Chingford Community Library)
pre-release comments :
“Lots of nostalgic, well-researched, detail about life in the 1970s, which readers of a certain age will lap up; plus some wonderful, and occasionally hilarious, ‘behind the counter’ scenes of working in a public library, which any previous or present-day library assistant will recognise!”
“An enjoyable novella with a twist in who done it. I spent the entire read trying to decide what was a clue and what wasn’t ... Kept me thinking the entire time. I call that a success.”
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