A Cast of Vultures by Judith Flanders

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Blurb:
“Usually sharp-witted editor Sam Clair stumbles through her post-launch-party morning with the hangover to end all hangovers. Before the Neurofen has even kicked in, she finds herself entangled in an elaborate saga of missing neighbours, suspected arson and the odd unidentified body. When the grisly news breaks that the fire has claimed a victim, Sam is already in pursuit. Never has comedy been as deadly as Sam faces down a pair from thugs R Us, aided by nothing more than a CID boyfriend, a stalwart Goth assistant and a seemingly endless supply of purple-sprouting broccoli.”

Review:
Strangely, Sam Clair reminded me a little bit of Bridget Jones.  She has that same sort of everywoman warmth and believability. Her life is not perfect, she makes mistakes (a couple of which get her into real trouble).  Her colleagues at work and her neighbours and friends are well rounded characters.  You really feel you would like to get to know them.

The mystery itself is interesting and when the murder comes you are already very involved with the story.

This book is part of a series but I didn’t have any trouble following Sam’s life coming in in the 2nd book. Flanders has a great sense of place and how communities work and live together.  I look forward to now reading the first book in the series.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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