When a young woman is found strangled in her camper-van and her twelve-year-old son goes missing, DI Cooke and DS Grant have a dual problem on their hands. And what does this murder have to do with the fatal stabbing of a young man in Portsmouth several years before? And how on earth are residents of Sutton-on-Wye involved?
I absolutely love discovering new authors and Jeanette Taylor Ford is definitely a new author for me. Having enjoyed reading ‘Jealousy Is Murder’ as much as I did, I can guarantee that I will be reading more of her work in the future. I absolutely loved ‘Jealousy Is Murder’ but more about that in a bit.
The synopsis of this book certainly caught my attention from the start and it actually screamed ‘read me’ at me. That’s my excuse and I am sticking to it. I was intrigued by the story and I was interested in seeing how the story developed and in how the police investigation progressed. I started reading this book only intending to read a couple of chapters but I was so blown away by the story and the characters that I ended up reading a lot more than a couple of chapters. It didn’t take me long to get through the book. The pages turned over at a furious rate as my desperation to find out what happened just grew and grew. All too quickly I reached the end of the story which I was so disappointed about. I don’t mean that I was disappointed with the way in which the story ended but I was enjoying the author’s writing style, the characters and the storylines so much that I just wanted the book to continue for a lot longer. I soon cheered up when I realised that I had the three previous books in the River View series to catch up on.
‘Jealousy Is Murder’ is superbly written. The author certainly knows how to start a story with a bang and nothing gets your attention more than somebody being murdered. For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained the fairly fast pace throughout. The author certainly drew me into the story and then some. She uses such vivid and realistic descriptions that I really did feel as though I was part of the story myself. I liked some of the characters so much that they began to feel as though they were friends of mine.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Jealousy Is Murder’ and I would definitely recommend this author to other readers. I will most certainly be reading more of Jeanette’s work in the future. In fact, as I mentioned above, as soon as I have finished typing this review I will be buying the other books in the series to read in order and from the beginning. I know I will be in a for one heck of a read. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.