Saturday, 9 July 2011

Review: Three Sisters - Helen Smith

Series: The Emily Castles mysteries 1
Genre: Cozy mystery
Pages: Short story, Ebook, 42
Published: 2011
Review by Lis

It's bonfire night in London. Emily has been invited to a party in the big house at the end of her street by the new owners, whom she has never met. Emily's dog Jessie has recently died so Emily is feeling a little raw and emtional. How could she know, as she left her house that evening, that she was making an appointment with death?

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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. 



29 comments:

  1. I found Three Sisters to be quite an entertaining read. However, I also wish that we had got to know Emily a bit more. She seemed quite a mystery to me.

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  2. A great review, Lis and a short story I would like to read, although I fully agree with you that generally short stories end way too early and are a bit simplistic. BTW I love the cover!!!

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  3. Sounds good and what a cute cover!

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  4. Thanks for the review. I miss bonfire night in England which was always celebrated with hot soup, sausages and an umbrella.
    Ann

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  5. I read this one and enjoyed it very much, but I just wish it were longer.

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  6. I'm going to look for it because I usually feel the same way about short stories as you. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  7. How can you not like this book - that doggie on the cover! Awww.

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  8. sounds like a nice, short mystery!

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  9. It's like the Clue board game...I used to play that with my sisters when I was little.

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  10. Oh couldn't do it. I'd just cry about the dog being gone. Especially with that cover. However, great review. Sounds like it was worth the short read!

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  11. I'm also not a big fan of short stories, but somethimes they do deliver! ;) This sounds like a great, little mystery book. ;)

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  12. Thanks Lis for the review :D

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  13. Misha
    Good to hear that is is entertaining :)

    Ana
    Lol, you do?I think it is horrid, but then I am very evil

    Bermuda
    :)

    Cozy
    That sounds wonderful indeed. I would love to go to one

    Yvonne
    As the case often are with short stories :/

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  14. Mary
    I do often feel that short is just too short, but sometimes it works :)

    Steph
    Hm..I fear I am surrounded by doglovers

    Naida
    Seems that way :)

    Jenny
    I played that recently for the first time and it was so fun

    Melissa
    Poor doggie :(

    Nina
    They sure do that some times :D

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  15. Like you Lis, I don't usually read short stories. I guess I've read too many with not enough room for proper world building and such... but then again, not all of them. Sometimes I do come across a gem or two... this book sounds like one of them :) Thank you for sharing your views!

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  16. Awww look at that little face! I usually have trouble with short stories too for just the reasons you listed, but I love when one surprises me with its depth:)

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  17. I love short stories. And I am intrigued by this one.
    I have really liked Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth ( a collection of short stories), I hope you try it someday.

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  18. Cherry
    :)

    Jenny
    Oh yes seems everyone here loves the dog :)

    Carrie
    More dogloving...ok fine he is cute *gives in* ;)

    Staci
    :)

    Veens
    I have seen that one at the library and the author is on my I want to read list

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  19. I am one of the few who enjoy a good short! Thanks.

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  20. Sounds like a fun read. And I love the cover.

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  21. Liz
    Well there has to be people who like short stories too :D

    Ryan :)

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  22. This sounds like it might be good although I'm not sure I could get past the sadness of the dog passing yet. I've been avoiding all those kinds of things.

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  23. Darlene
    I know :/ Not a good book when you have lost someone

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  24. This sounds like a nice little mystery, perfect for this time of year.

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  25. Two things sold me on on this book, your review and the book cover. I love animals so the dog is really working for me and then the review about a mystery that takes place that is actually entertaining in only 42 pages...heck yeah, I've got to read this!

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  26. Deanna
    Lol, read it and tell me what you think :)

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