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Book Reviews: A Murder is Announced + The Enchantment Emporium

A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

The village of Chipping Cleghorn is agog with interest when an ad in the local newspaper says a murder will take place at Little Paddocks on Friday.

Unable to resist various locals arrive at Little Paddocks and wait for something to happen. Soon enough the lights go out and someone is dead. It is a confounding crime but Miss Marple can sniff out the truth. She can sense that someone or rather several someone’s in the village are not who they claim to be. She is also aware of just what some people will do to get what they feel is their due.

This is a very good mystery with a suspiring but logical ending. In the chaos of post World War 2 Europe with the old ways swept aside anyone can be what they want to be and no-one can truly know their neighbour.

The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff

From the author of the ‘Blood’, ‘Smoke’ and ‘Keeper’s Chronicles’ series comes this urban fantasy about Alysha Gale and her magical family. Alysha is one of a sprawling magical clan, she has much power but no direction in life. Then her grandmother disappears and a letter informs Alysha that she has inherited a junk shop in Calgary.

Upon arrival in her new home Alysha learns there is much afoot in the city. She’s a Gale and she will sort it out. That’s what Gales do. This is a very good urban fantasy, full of humour, action and magic. It is however best if you don’t dwell on the interpersonal relationships of the Gale clan too closely.
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