‘A Mirror Murder’ by Helen Hollick

A Mirror Murder: A Jan Christopher Mystery (Jan Christopher Mysteries Book 1) by [Helen Hollick]


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?

The first in a new series of quick-read, cosy mysteries set in the 1970s … Will romance blossom between library assistant Jan Christopher and DC Laurie Walker – or will a brutal murder intervene?

My Review

I must admit that prior to an invitation to take part in the blog tour for ‘A Mirror Murder’, I hadn’t actually come across the author, Helen Hollick, before.  Having enjoyed reading ‘ A Mirror Murder’ as much as I did, I am now rather cross at myself that I left it this long to discover how fabulous an author she is.  I absolutely loved reading ‘ A Mirror Murder’ but more about that in a bit.

I liked the character of Jan (January) Christopher and I warmed to her from the start.  She is a young lass, who lives with her Aunt and Uncle, who are her legal guardians.  Jan is 18 years old and she works in the local library but she has aspirations of becoming an author and if she isn’t working at the library, then she can usually be found writing down the next chapter of her book.  One day she meets her Uncle’s new driver, who is a police officer.  It’s fair to say that sparks fly and there is definitely chemistry there.  Together they come across a murder and set out to discover who did what and why.  Will they solve the case?  Will they get the happy ever after ending that they so deserve?  Well for the answers to those questions and so much more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.

I can honestly say that reading ‘A Mirror Murder’ became seriously addictive.  I think that part of the reason, which I liked this book so much was the adorable lead character Jan (January) Christopher.  I ended up taking to her that well that she felt more like a friend than a character in a book.  My Kindle wasn’t glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me.  I couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story and I had to find out who the murderer was, whilst at the same time making sure that Jan was not in any danger or in harms way.  The pages turned over fairly quickly as I worked my way through the story.  I became so wrapped up in the story that I lost all track of time and all track of just how quickly I was getting through the book.  All too quickly I reached the end of ‘A Mirror Murder’ and I had to say goodbye to Jan.

‘A Mirror Murder’ is extremely well written.  I love the way in which the lead character is described so realistically that she seems just as real as you and I.  I love the fact that the story is set in the 1970s as most of the mysteries I seem to read are either set during the Second World War or in the present day.  I was born in the 1970s and this book brings that era alive.  The author certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and draw you into this delightful story.  For me, ‘A Mirror Murder’ is a more gentle pace of book.  I found this to be a gripping read, which kept me on the edge of my seat.  I felt as though I was part of the story, which is all thanks to Helen’s very vivid and realistic storytelling.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘A Mirror Murder’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.  I will certainly be reading more of Helen’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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