A Deadly Discovery

The Woolf & Bell Mysteries (Book 1)

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Pub Date Sep 26 2024 | Archive Date Oct 10 2024
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One priceless artefact. Two unlikely sleuths.
A murder stranger than fiction.

In the shadow of Lewes castle lies buried an ancient tablet. Hours after discovering it, dashing local archaeologist Gideon Rivers is dead.

Writer Virginia Woolf and her artist sister, Vanessa, both know firsthand that it doesn't take much to cause a stir in town. And when Gideon returned home from a dig in Syria with a glamourous Parisian heiress on his arm, all eyes were on him.

But who would have conspired to murder such a charming young man? There are more suspects in his circle than it first seems: an ambitious fiancée, a jealous best friend, and a string of scorned former lovers.

With the police chasing false leads and the murderer hunting down a second victim - one far closer to home - Ginny and Nessa are forced to take investigations into their own hands.

Solving this mystery calls for a little creativity . . .

BOOK 1 in THE WOOLF & BELL MYSTERIES - a gripping new bookish cosy crime series for fans of The Three Dahlias, The Mitford Murders and golden age crime.

One priceless artefact. Two unlikely sleuths.
A murder stranger than fiction.

In the shadow of Lewes castle lies buried an ancient tablet. Hours after discovering it, dashing local archaeologist Gideon...

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when an archaeological find and a familiar face comes home, with a new fiancée on his arm, it really causes a ruckus in sussex.

the quirkiness of the characters really shows through in the three perspectives shown throughout the book.

the fast pace, makes you want to carry on reading, whilst making you laugh a little at times. although, the book touches on dark topics, an air of lightheartedness is in the authors writing.

you cannot help but get sucked into the story, as the women band together to solve the murder of two of their friends. suspecting the people closest close to them, what secrets will be revealed ?

this story, proves that sometimes women’s intuition knows best. with a love triangle, gay affairs.. and a murderer on the loose, this is the perfect historical fiction late summer / autumn read.

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Creative Sleuthing..
The first in the Woolf & Bell series of mysteries featuring Virginia Woolf and sister Vanessa as a pair of most unlikely amateur sleuths. When, local archaeologist, Gideon discovers an ancient tablet somewhere near Lewis Castle, it is mere hours before he is dead. Who on earth would kill such a charming man? And why? It is not long before our intrepid pair of sleuths decide to investigate in their own creative and inimitable manner. A delightful start to a new series with a deftly drawn and unique cast, a well imagined backdrop and a solid Golden Age feel. Enjoyable and entertaining.

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I could not put this book down! I ended up finishing it within one sitting The fact that it is so fast paced kept me interested and intrigued. It had a very interesting plot and it was executed very well. This was a great read! Thank you so much for the arc!

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This was a strong start to the Woolf & Bell Mysteries series, it ahd everything that I was looking for and enjoyed the overall concept of this. The mystery element had a great overall feel and enjoyed the overall feel of the world. The characters were everything that I wanted and glad I was able to read this, it left me wanting to read more in this series and from the author.

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Ciao Byrne has created a very unusual detective duo in Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf who set about uncovering a murderer in their own backyard.
Byrne has obviously done her research into the real life sisters and describes them, their relationship with one another, and their partners, Leonard and Duncan Grant extremely well.
Within the story various well known artistic and literary names crop up, but they are deftly woven into the story rather than shoe horned in for effect.
She also sets the scenes in the two sisters houses and these she portrays so accurately that it is very easy to believe that the Bloomsbury Set really did solve local murders!
This is obviously set up to be a series and I look forward very much to reading what Nessa and Ginny get up to next! Literally, literary detective fiction!

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Thanks Headline/Headline accent and netGalley for this ARC of a Deadly Discovery by Car Byrne which is the first in a new series of cozy mysteries involving a very known and therefore very unlikely duo of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell.

An ancient tablet is discovered in a castle and the local archaeologist is dead within hours of its discovery. This is as much of the plot that I'm willing to give away. This and the fact that it involves a very duo of sleuths - the famous writer Virginia Woolf and her artist sister Vanessa Bell.

I am a huge fan of cozy mysteries and this book( which is the the first in a series which I'm really happy about) doesn't disappoint. It has a three person POV, I love the there is inclusivity be it race, and topics around it, LGBTQIA which is usually not something you come to expect in a golden mystery.

But I love the fast paced plot and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

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