2017 · Blog Tour · Book review

Winter Downs by Jan Edwards #BlogTour #review

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I’m really pleased today to be taking part in the blog tour for Winter Downs by Jan Edwards. First in the Bunch Courtney Investigates series and is available to purchase here.

About the book

Bunch Courtney stumbles upon the body of Jonathan Frampton in a woodland clearing. Is this a case of suicide, or is it murder? Bunch is determined to discover the truth but can she persuade the dour Chief Inspector Wright to take her seriously?

In January of 1940 a small rural community on the Sussex Downs, already preparing for invasion from across the Channel, finds itself deep in the grip of a snowy landscape, with an ice-cold killer on the loose.

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My thoughts

Set in the 1940’s Winter Downs introduces us to Bunch and Dodo, sisters who while out riding come across a body. Everyone is convinced it’s suicide but Bunch has other ideas and hopes to prove them wrong.

Jan Edwards has created a wonderful character in Bunch, she’s a well brought up lady but is feisty and determined. Things have become unsettled as the start of world war 2 commences and Bunch finds herself having to move out of her family home while the soldiers move in and take over. Her younger sister Dodo has recently become a widow and Bunch very much wants to protect her. Dodo is very different to Bunch, she’s quieter and obviously still grieving for her husband. Both are really likeable characters and it’ll be nice to see how they progress in the series.

Jan Edwards descriptiveness throughout the story really makes it come alive and I could feel the cold winter chills as I was reading, the snow covered countryside was easy to picture in my mind along with the bleakness of war with blackouts and rationing.

The story is very well written, it’s an old fashioned mystery that really gets your mind thinking and I loved playing detective along with Bunch, although she is so much better than me as I was wrong on many occasions and I thoroughly enjoyed trying to put all the puzzle pieces into place. It’s a mystery that really gets under your skin and I found myself really captivated by it.

I really enjoyed Winter Downs and recommend you give it a read, especially if you like murder mystery mixed with historical fiction. I’m really looking forward to reading more in this series.

My thanks go to Jan Edwards for the chance to take part in the blog tour and review this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

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