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by Liden Press, 18 September 2018. Kindle Edition. ASIN: B075RDJXYX
starts with a prologue that lays the basis for the crimes committed later in
the book. The rest of the narrative is in the First-Person viewpoint of Harry,
an ineffective and timid young man in his early thirties. Harry’s father died
when he was three and he has been brought up by his doting mother and two of
her sisters, Harry’s old-fashioned and extremely critical aunts. They live in a
manner that has been untouched by the changes of time or modern technology.
his childhood Harry was the only child and the only male member of the family.
He feels as if he has never been able to do anything right in his aunts’ eyes,
especially as he is unemployed, having lost his job in ignominious
visits his family for Christmas. He should feel eager to tell them that he has
been offered a new temporary job, as assistant to a popular academic who is
giving a series of lectures on art, architecture and history on an expensive
cultural tour of Morocco. However, Harry knows the storm of outrage and protest
his announcement will evoke. The lecturer is his third and favourite aunt, Aunt
Jessica, the black sheep of the family.
a young woman, Aunt Jessica had been the pride of her family when she attended
Oxford University. However, she had abandoned her degree and run away with her
lecturer, an eminent academic. They had spent many years together, travelling
and exploring the cultural jewels of the world. When he died, Jessica carried
on and is now a respected authority in her own right and the author of several
is different from her sisters in nearly every way. She is witty, glamorous,
generous and cosmopolitan. Harry is aware that there are scandals surrounding
Aunt Jessica’s past and he suspects she has offered him the job as her
assistant out of kindness and the desire to give him a good holiday, but he is
delighted to accept her invitation to visit such an exciting destination and
knows he will enjoy travelling in a luxury he has not been able to afford
tour starts well and everybody seems to be enjoying themselves, apart from a
man and woman whose partners have embarked on a flagrant affair. Harry feels
pursued by Carrie, the only other young and single member of the party, who is
clearly unaware that Harry is gay. When Carrie tells Harry that she thinks the
tour party is being followed by a man that she has noticed several times, he
does not take her seriously, thinking that she is imagining things or is making
a drama to get his attention.
murder occurs, and then another. Harry is a watcher of people rather than a
participant in dramas and he is certain that the police are on the wrong track.
He sets himself the task of working out who is the killer in their midst but
his detective work backfires. Fortunately for Harry, Aunt Jessica has always
been several steps ahead of him in the deduction game.
Murder in Morocco is the first book
in a new series featuring Aunt Jessica. It is an enjoyable book, with lots of
lively characters and wonderful descriptions of the art and architecture of
Morocco. Aunt Jessica is a delight – funny, generous, quick-witted and
knowledgeable. She is a character most readers will be happy to spend time
with. At the start of the narrative Harry is ineffectual and self-pitying and
it is pleasant to see him grow in character and become much more engaging and
likeable as the book progresses.
is always fun to be in at the start of a new series and this is a book that I
would recommend. I look forward to reading more about Aunt Jessica and Harry
when they set off on their next journey.
Reviewer: Carol Westron
Judith Cranswickwas born and brought
up in Norwich. She wrote her first novel (now languishing in the back of a
drawer somewhere) when her two children were toddlers, but there was little
time for writing when she returned to work teaching Geography in a large
comprehensive. It was only after leaving her headship that she was able to take
up writing again in earnest. Judith teaches Tai Chi, and line dancing, yoga,
Pilates and Zumba. Her other hobbies include reading, and travelling. She is
lucky enough to be a cruise lecturer. You can read some of her adventures – the
Ups and Downs of Being a Cruise Lecturer on her September 2014 blog on her home
Carol Westronis a successful short
story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical crime panel, The Deadly
Dames.Her crime novels are set both in contemporary
and Victorian times.The Terminal
Velocity of Cats is the first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published
July 2013. Her latest book The Fragility
of Poppies was published 10 June 2016.