As promised I am here today with my review of Death at the Plague Museum by Lesley Kelly. I highly recommend the new release and I give it five stars.
So if you haven’t caught the Lesley Kelly book bug yet isn’t it time you did?
Back of the Book
The pandemic is spreading.
On Friday, three civil servants leading Virus policy hold a secret meeting at the Museum of Plagues and Pandemics. By Monday, two are dead and one is missing.
It’s up to Mona and Bernard of the Health Enforcement Team to find the missing official before panic hits the streets.
Review by Kelly Lacey
So we have to start with addressing the zhushing of the cover design by Sandstone Press for the new release. It is so dramatically different that it took me a minute to get over the shock. Then I had to assess how I felt about it the OCD side of me panicked that now my collection wouldn’t match. Then the marketing and reader side of me kicked in and I realised how vibrant and modern the cover was and how well suited it is to the book. It is really refreshing and it brings this release to a whole other level.
We join the HET team for seven days of mayhem, terrifying events, love, banter and murder. One thing I love about a series and in particular this one is the familiarity I feel with the characters. It’s similar in watching your favourite TV show on Netflix. You have that connection with it and you feel safe and cosy. Well, that’s how I feel with these books. I really enjoy the banter the characters have and situations they have to resolve. It is so well thought out and I just think it’s one of the best Edinburgh crime fiction series out there. With Lesley Kelly’s writing, I know with certainty that I will finish the book being 100% satisfied.
I have to be transparent and say that this has been my favourite of them all. It had something that bit extra for me. I say this with every Lesley Kelly review but I have been lucky enough to hear Lesley read at bookish events and she is very expressive as she reads and she gestures a lot which adds to the reading. But also Lesley’s Scottish accent has gotten stuck in my head and when I read the book that is what emanates from the pages.
This time around the team face a plethora of mysteries to solve. I really love Bernard and I enjoyed his storyline the most. I like that Lesley Kelly includes hard-hitting topics in her stories. I cannot wait for the next instalment to find out what will happen to the HET team next. Who can they really trust?
Lesley Kelly has cemented herself on the Scottish Crime Fiction scene and she has set the bar very high!
If you would like to read my reviews of Lesley’s other novels in the series you can with these links.
I received a gifted copy from Sandstone Press to review honestly and in my own words. Thank you so much to Ceris Jones I am very grateful for all the reading opportunities to send my way.
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