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Three Sisters (The Emily Castles Mysteries) (edition 2011)

by Helen Smith

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Title:Three Sisters (The Emily Castles Mysteries)
Authors:Helen Smith
Info:Tyger Books (2011), Kindle Edition, 44 pages
Collections:Your library, Read, Kindle
Tags:mystery, castles, smith, 2013

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A wonderfully brilliant novella introducing Emily Castles. In "Three Sisters," Helen Smith pens a surrealistic mystery that is quintessentially British and evokes a nostalgic aura that made me want to immerse myself in Emily's life and world. Based on this story, I can't wait to read her further adventures and become even more acquainted with this wonderful cast of quirky characters. Helen Smith's writing is intelligent and witty and totally unique. It's near impossible to find this type of evocative mystery that is just right and I'm so glad I have the forthcoming pleasure of reading Emily's further adventures. I just hope the author can write them faster than I can read them. ( )
  DTChantel | Jun 12, 2017 |
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Alright, as a rule I don’t like short stories. They usually leave a lot lacking and give you the bare minimum, but Helen Smith’s Three Sisters fell straight into the likeable category. While short, it has it all: a mystery, a likeable main character and humorous elements to keep the mystery light.

Emily is still sad about the death of her dog Jessie, who she understandably misses a lot. So in an effort to cheer herself up, she goes to a Halloween party she’s invited too. However, nothing goes quite as she’s hoped. She’s witness to a murder but there’s no body, and the hosts are more like performing artists. In fact the part is more like a Murder Mystery night… or is it? And no, it’s not the butler ;-)

The story is fast paced – it has to be since it’s so short. A lot happens in those 70 pages and you have to keep your head in the game. The characters are fun, but sometimes a little of the top.

I would have liked to have seen more of Emily and get to know her a little more apart from Emily the woman who just lost her beloved dog.

Three Sisters is a good solid story with a fun mystery. It’s not as humorous as the description would like you to believe as it has a bit of a dark tone – but you have to like that.

All in all, I can really recommend Three Sisters as a short cozy read if you like a good mystery. ( )
  blodeuedd | Mar 2, 2016 |
This was a weird and confusing experience in under 45 pages for me. The main character Emily Castle goes to a party down the street where there are several performers in character but it’s not very clear who’s performing and who isn’t because everybody, even her neighbours, is kind of weird. One of the characters is a girl asking everyone to get a suitcase to a gentleman down the hall. If this was supposed to pique my interest, it did not really have the desired effect. After pages and pages of describing everybody in this psychedelic place she meets, it got a bit more interesting when there is a knife throwing act and she thinks she saw the girl get hit and die. Yet when the police shows up she sees the girl standing and taking a round of applause, showing everybody a rubber knife. It was all part of the performance, or was it? There is nothing else to do than do her rounds and interact with the performers in order to figure out if her mind was doing tricks on her or not. The mystery was not very big, the ending was pretty predictable.
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review * ( )
  Ingstje | Feb 17, 2016 |
Three Sisters introduces Emily Castle, an amateur detective, to readers. This is a short story that is fast-paced, entertaining, full of quirky characters, and delightful scene descriptions. Well worth a read if you're looking for an hour's entertainment. ( )
  ladyoflorien | Mar 2, 2015 |

Three Sisters is a British mystery novel. It is only 104 pages. It is a pretty good story. I did guess part of the mystery early. I liked Emily.

Emily likes mysteries. She is really feeling the loss of her dog. Which I can understand some of it.

I found it interesting that a group just moves into a empty house fixes it a little. They are having a big party and inviting everyone. It is Halloween and Guy Fawkes night. The group is a troupe of circus performers. Not sure what is real and what is just a act.

Emily sees one of the blindfolded knife thrower sisters get stabbed with a knife. The police are called and the dead girl stands up and says it was an act. Emily is not satisfied with the answer.

The setting is London, England at the end of Oct.

It is a clean read, some humor, some sadness. A interesting read as you try and figure out with Emily just what is going on. Who do you trust?

It would be interesting to see what happens next to Emily.

I was given this ebook to read by the author. In return I agreed to give a honest review of Three ( )
  rhonda1111 | Feb 21, 2015 |
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Three Sisters introduces twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth Emily Castles in this popular new British mystery series.

Emily has been invited to a party in the big house at the end of her street in London. How could she know, as she left her house that evening, that she was making an appointment with death?

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