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Invitation to Die

by Helen Smith

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cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, London, writers

Droll humor and wacky characters are the best parts of this book. There is something a little dull with the plot, but I can't quite put my finger on it. It just didn't suit me.
Purchased as Whispersync on the cheap courtesy of Book Gorilla.
Alison Larkin is an expressive narrator. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Aug 9, 2017 |
I chose this book because it was advertised as a Kindle single and had good reviews which implied that it was fun.
It's not terribly well written, but I enjoyed it as a light read. The characters are flamboyant and the story moves along at a good pace. ( )
  jbennett | May 18, 2016 |
Quick, easy read. The characters and writing were lacking for me, as was the mystery, as well. I would have enjoyed it more if it stayed to just being Emily Castles' 3rd person POV, rather than jumping around, sometimes in the middle of a chapter to another character's POV. If it was cleaned up a bit in spots and strengthened in some others, this could be a great mystery. Also could use more showing than telling. I'll have to see how Smith improves in the second novel in the series ([b:Beyond Belief|18318672|Beyond Belief|Helen Smith|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1384195823s/18318672.jpg|25817357]). ( )
  Robert.Zimmermann | Oct 15, 2015 |
Originally published as an Amazon serial, this light-hearted mystery involves a romance writers convention in London and an American blogger who is a guest of honor but is killed before she can enjoy her moment of glory. Tongue-in-cheek cozy by a British writer who was very pleasant to have on a panel at Boucercon Albany.
  bfister | Oct 4, 2013 |
Alarm bells ring when characters are all involved in amateur writing classes, competitions and, er, reviews.

Sample sentence: 'In the gray, historic city of Edinburgh, in Scotland, Archie Mears opened his notebook and took the lid off his pen.'

Vanity publishing. Rubbish. ( )
  jtck121166 | Aug 27, 2013 |
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In Hartford, Connecticut, in the United States of America, just after eleven o'clock in the morning on a Saturday, Winnie Kraster received an invitation to die.
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Twenty-six-year-old Emily Castles is out of work… again. So when famous romance author Morgana Blakely offers her a job helping out at a conference in London, Emily accepts. Just as eagerly, American blogger Winnie Kraster accepts an invitation from Morgana to attend as a guest, not realizing she has, in effect, accepted an invitation to die.  

As a cast of oddball characters assembles at the conference hotel, grievances, differences, and secrets begin to emerge. When Winnie goes missing, and then is found murdered nearby, Emily begins to suspect that someone involved with the conference is responsible. Could it be one of the organizers, one of the authors, a member of the hotel staff, or even the supplier of the chocolates for the conference gift bags? Emily teams up with guest speaker and eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel to find out.

Offbeat and engaging, this entertaining comic mystery is the first full-length novel featuring amateur British sleuth Emily Castles.

[retrieved 7/16/2013 from Amazon.com]
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"Twenty-six-year-old Londoner Emily Castles is without a job...again. She agrees to help out at a romance writers' conference organized by famous author Morgana Blakely. Just as eagerly, American blogger Winnie Kraster accepts an invitation from Morgana to attend the conference as a guest, not realizing she has, in effect, accepted an invitation to die."--cover.… (more)

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