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The Murders at Fleat House: A compelling mystery from the author of the million-copy bestselling The Seven Sisters series

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Her relationship with her parents is very touching, and I liked Jonathan sadly after a point he wasn't present since the events from the case took the focus of the story! Alrededor de Fleat House tendremos asesinatos, desapariciones, confesiones falsas, algo de bullying (nada escabroso, lo cual es de agradecer) y, ¿cómo no? Lo que más me ha gustado de este libro ha sido que apenas ha sido editado, es decir, que prácticamente uno está leyendo el manuscrito que un día esta autora escribió y nunca publicó.

Although this is a 400+ page book, I read it overnight, totally engaged in the mystery and invested in the characters. Su cadáver es encontrado en Fleat House, uno de los internados, y el director se apresura a explicar que fue un trágico accidente. Riley, as always, had me fully engaged trying to work out who had killed Charlie, for the suspects were numerous. Effectively talking about the bullying and psychological trauma suffered by some students, the author has also highlighted issues of alcohol addiction thus creating a twisty page-turner. I had guessed the culprit in the beginning but was happy with the author’s jumbled yarn that linked the past and present into one engrossing narrative.

Isabella, Izzy, is a shitty friend for telling her best friend´s cheating ex husband where to find her without telling her that she told him, and also a shitty psychologist for excusing the cheating and telling her friend "Boys will be boys. Jazz was such a great lead character and I really loved her as a detective, she was made instantly likeable because of her situation and she made for a great detective to boot. The Murders at Fleat House is a suspenseful and utterly compelling crime novel from the author of the multimillion-selling The Seven Sisters series, Lucinda Riley. Hemos leído Asesinato en Fleat House en el Club de lectura Se ha escrito un crimen y hemos disfrutado de una LC muy entretenida haciendo cábalas sobre quién mató a Charlie Cavendish.

MY THOUGHTS: Although this isn't Lucinda Riley's normal genre, I rather enjoyed what was obviously meant to be the first book in a series featuring DI Jazz Hunter. I have the utmost respect for Riley’s family in keeping this novel as close as possible to Lucinda’s voice. Purtroppo l'autrice esagera con le storie di contorno, specie quella della detective, che risulta ricca di stereotipi e logorroica. Charlie is exposed as an arrogant bully and those around him had both motive and opportunity to switch the drugs he took daily to control his epilepsy. Me ha parecido bastante real, con problemas cotidianos y una forma de pensar y actuar coherente con el desarrollo.Jazmine (Jazz) Hunter was formerly a DI in the Met but after her husband, also a DI cheated on her she filed for divorce, handed in her resignation and fled overseas. Leave the phones out and it could easily be the 1900´s, the thinking and the tone/language just don´t feel modern. When Detective Inspector Jazz Hunter arrives in Norfolk, she hopes to forget her problems in London. Jazz Hunter to bohaterka, której poczynania śledzi się z prawdziwą przyjemnością, której przeszłość chcielibyśmy zgłębić, towarzyszyć jej w kolejnych sprawach.

Reunited with her loyal sergeant, she enters the closed world of the school, and as Jazz begins to probe the circumstances surrounding Charlie Cavendish's tragic death, events are soon to take another troubling turn. The romance is similarly low-key, but it’s there, and I liked that most characters got the endings they deserved. Primer libro que leo de esta autora, el único que escribió de esta temática y publicado póstumamente por su hijo. The mystery here was a lot of fun and the development of the storyline and how everything connected back to the will and missing family members really gave me classic crime vibes, Riley definitely took some inspiration from Agatha Christie here. As mentioned, there are various mistakes, legal, forensic and medical, which should’ve been picked up by beta readers or the editor, and some rather glaring plot holes around who should’ve recognised whom, and what should’ve been obvious to the detectives much earlier on.

Due to Charlie’s unlikeable, spoiled, smarmy nature, and the fact that he had a reputation as the school bully, means the suspect list is endless. Then, reaching carefully for the two white tablets placed on the boy's locker every night and replacing them with identical ones, the figure turned, switched off the light and left the room. Since there were so many main characters in here, it hardly felt like any side characters were present, so I will mosh what would normally be my two paragraphs into one. Once I dug in deeper into the story, I felt the absorbing storytelling and character development I’m used to, and then I was in awe of the twists and red herrings that kept me reading well into the night.

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