A Bed of Scorpions
What’s an editor to do with so many demands? Do you deal with the morning’s pile of manuscript submissions first? Or the swine from sales who steals all the chocolate digestives? Or do you concentrate on your ex-lover, whose business partner has just been found dead in their art gallery, slumped over his desk with a gun in his hand?
It’s another day at Timmins & Ross pu...more
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This is not exactly a fast paced murder mystery. The characters are largely what move this story along. Plus the snarky voice ...more
Honestly, I feel that these Sam Clair books were written just for me. Very strange indeed. I can't remember ever having that feeling about an entire ...more
Book editor Samantha (Sam) Clair learns that the partner of her friend and ex-boyfriend, art dealer Art Merriam, has just been found dead in his office with a gun in his hand. Leading the investigation is Sam's new boyfriend, Insp. Jake Field. After other deaths, Sam's knowledge of publishing leads to her becoming a target. Can they find the killer before the killer finds Sam? ...more
Mixed feelings about the main character. She's a little Bridget Jones-y: self-deprecating, funny, and tending to get into scrapes through carelessness. I was frustrated by the conversations sh ...more
What follows is a fast paced crime story with pl ...more
Here our intrepid book editor meets up with an old friend who owns an art gallery, and learns that his business partner has evidently committed suicide. The case is being investigated by Sam's detective inspector boyfriend, and despite her reluctance to get involved, Sam again finds herself sleuthing and being attacked by mysterious assailants.
I liked that Sam's big contribution to solvin ...more
I found this one a little sluggish in places but I was able to suss out who the murderer was fairly early on. I couldn't believe I was correct after all the twists, turns & red-herrings. What I most liked about this one were all the bits about the publishing industry & of course, Sam's winsome person ...more
In theory, I run first thing in the morning, although people who really run might take issue with that verb when applied to my early-morning outings.
Seriously? A woman named Delia named her child Celia? And she wasn’t convicted of child cruelty?
Sam’s adventures in A Bed of Scorpions turns a little more sinister with the death of her ex-lover’s business partner. Her ex-lover turns to her ...more
Flanders again fills the reader in about many of the problems and conflicts involved in publishing. While people who love to read enjoy learning a bit about how books reach the public, Flanders may have spent a little too much time on the details at the beginning of the book.
However, when Samantha Clair leaves her office to have lunch with old fri ...more
Observant and witty, yes, but there seemed to be too much to really focus the narrative clearly and pointedly. In order to keep the mystery from being solved there were a couple of characters and plot points that were more of a narrative dead end, without providing much in the way of amusement or satisfaction, a ...more
The book is written in the first person, which isn't always my favorite, but it felt very natural here. Our narrator is Sam, a woman who works in publishing for a small publishing house in London. She's normal and mildly sarcastic, three-dimensional without any forced quirkiness.
I drink three very large cups of c...more
I mean, who does not want to be her when you're her age (40s)? She works in the publishing industry, has a good looking boyfriend, and a satisfying sex life.
Having said that, Sam's thoughts are worth a book of its own. She is humourous, sarcastic, and her thoughts are so right-on-tune that you wish that she's your best friend.
And I love the dynamics that she has with her boyfriend, who also happens to be investigating th ...more
Nice to see the relationship developing. I like Sam's decisive, confident and sure of herself personality. (Why is it that I read so many doormat female characters, that I feel the need to call ...more
Well written, with an interesting plot and characters, I enjoyed almost all of this book. A tad edgier than traditional cozies, it also contained what most would consider mild language, but used a few too many times for me.
Those who follow my reviews for the types of cozy mysteries I enjoy may not find this story for them. But those who like to bran ...more
After university, Judith returned to London and began working as an editor for various publishing houses. After this 17-year misstep, she began to write and in 2001 her first book, A Cir ...more