Thursday 18 February 2021

A Taste of Northern Spies - Elizabeth Jukes - Dorothea Montgomery Mystery Book 2

Pin it on a Dead Man
Dorothea Montgomery Mystery Book 2
Elizabeth Jukes
Cozy Cat Press
ISBN 9781946063519


I read the first book in this series because it was recommended to me by my mother-in-law. That volume Pin it on a Dead Man was a fun read, and I was looking forward to this second volume. It was a very enjoyable mystery. I enjoyed the historical setting. I also appreciated the setting in a small town in Ontario. A body of an American tourist found it a hotel. The first suspects are his wife and daughter. But soon there is another clear possibility. 

The story, the times and setting made me think more than once of the Murdoch Mysteries. And Jennings newer works about the Paradise Café. I do not often go out of my way to read historical fiction or mysteries. I have read a fair bit in both genres but that was mostly 30-40 years ago. But I am what a friend calls a completionist, in that once I find an author I like I typically try and read all that they wrote. And I was awaiting this second installment in this series.  

I do love a good read and am always willing to give a book a try on a personal recommendation, like in this instance. And I typically keep up with a series unless if something very unusual happens.  The writing in this story is tight. For a second novel it is still impressive. I had a pretty good idea fairly early some of the elements of this case, and I was not wrong. But the reading of the stories and learning more about our matron Dorothea Montgomery and the other towns folk was fun. 

Dorothea Montgomery is the matron of a well-to-do family in the town of Willowsdown. She is now known as someone who notices things. And has a keen mind that can piece together things. And both of those will help much in solving this mystery.

The story set in and around a small community, at a time when everyone knew everyone. It has a strong focus on family, and loyalty. The characters are very well fleshed out. I enjoyed this read. And I would absolutely read another Dorothea Montgomery Mystery if it appears or other books from the pen of  Elizabeth Jukes.

If you are a fan of historical fiction, or mysteries this book is a great read, so why not give it a try?

Books by Elizabeth Jukes:
A Dorothea Montgomery Mystery Series:
Pin it on a Dead Man
A Taste of Northern Spies

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