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Poison in Paddington

(Cassie Coburn Mysteries #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,294 ratings  ·  129 reviews
When Cassie Coburn moved to London, she never thought she'd be involved in a quadruple homicide.

After a car accident ended her medical career before it even started, Cassie moved to London on a whim, expecting to see the sights and live the typical tourist backpacker lifestyle.

Instead she finds herself accompanying a French private detective, Violet Despuis, as they atte
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Published December 6th 2016
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Jenna Okay, so she says that she saw the patterns on the keypad and since people who read English from left to right she was able to deduce that the four…moreOkay, so she says that she saw the patterns on the keypad and since people who read English from left to right she was able to deduce that the four would come first and then so on and so on. She did try several times before getting to the correct code using that method, so she wasn't the TOTAL genius the book makes her out to be, but she is super close as I would never be able to do such things! :)(less)
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Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
An absolute gem of a find amongst the drivel that has been offered lately in the cosy mystery genre, made even more enticing by being able to pick it up for free during a recent promotion by the author.
A cosy mystery with bite, we see our main characters Cassie and Violet, opposites in every way, join forces to help solve a crime that perplexes the police at every turn. Violet is super entertaining with her Sherlock-like observations while being exceptionally lacking in people skills. She takes
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-2017
So good. I really enjoyed this, but wish it had been a but longer. And I Hought that parts of Cassie's backstory we're a bit confusing. This is why I gave it five stars, but did not favorite it.

The first book in the Cassie Coburn mystery series (there are four books in this series) follows Cassie after a life changing accident changes her prospects of being a surgeon. Cassie movies from San Francisco to London to get over her depression that still lingers since her accident. After a bike of her
Sandeep Pawar
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I appreciate this cozy read. The humor is light, and feels good.
This is a murder mystery and handled by detective and her friend, the protagonist and not the police. I doubt how English people co-operate so nicely with non-police women.
Anyway, four stars from me. I had given complete five if there was seriousness in how the crime is commenced. If you can murder so easily, the life seems so hard.
Sandra Bašić
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and refreshing cozy! I really liked the character of Violet, a French lady who taught British police how to resolve the murder. Five stars because it's the first one, for encouragement, we'll see the others.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5* A quick read that needed just a bit of editing. Good plot, likable characters (I was ok with Violet's brashness), great setting. I just wasn't too thrilled with the depiction of the Metropolitan police as being inept, or the overuse of 'hot' and 'superhot' in regards to a male character. Hopefully things will be more positive in the next installment.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As Poison in Paddington by Samantha Silver opens, Cassie Coburn gets into a car accident that has just ended the career as a surgeon that Cassie is just about to embark upon. Six months later, healed in body but not in mind and with a new $10 million settlement from the driver high on drugs, Cassie moves to London to find new life. Moving into a youth hostel, Cassie is disturbed to find her bike lock broken and her bicycle stolen, so she goes to report it at the police station. And this is where ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2018
Shortly after moving to London from San Francisco to get a fresh start after a car accident shattered her dreams of becoming a surgeon, Cassie makes the acquaintance of eccentric Sherlock-esque French detective Violet Despuis, who is currently looking into a quadruple murder by poison (and annoying the investigating officers while she's at it). Soon, Cassie finds herself tagging along with Violet, and inbetween puzzling out clues to the mystery, the two women strike up an unlikely friendship.

Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, funny, and enticing. I couldn't put this book down. Cassie and Violet are a fantastic team as they work to solve the mystery. Violet is similar to a female Sherlock Holmes but so much more. Cassie is looking for a new passion in her life and Violet leads her to face her fears and her future. I will be reading more in this series and by this author.
Ted Tayler
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
"A promising start to the series"

I was in Australia in the last Samantha Silver cozy mystery I read. We've now moved to London and this series promises to be better. Some of the capers that Violet and Cassie got up to stretched credulity, but no more than watching an episode of Castle, or Private Eyes. It doesn't tax the grey cells too much, and you have to accept that the constant references to food and cuddly animals are a given.
One thing that surprised me in a book that I thought had been pr
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Violet is awesome as a police consultant

This was really a fun mystery and I enjoyed seeing Violet in action. She's an absolute hoot with the way she investigates and it's pretty clear this adventure was just the boost that Cassie needed. She got a new place,a pet and became comfortable with herself as a doctor for the first time since her accident. I don't think she could have done that if she hadn't come to know and work with Violet. It's a fairly quick reading book and I am interested in conti
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A fun cozy mystery that is partly inspired by Sherlock Holmes, although Cassie is more Dr. Watson than a knock off Holmes. And the beginnings of a relationship between Cassie and the ME worked really well for me. I love the dynamic between Cassie and Violet and how they work off each other or work together. Definitely adding this series to my read list!
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't really care for Cassie or Violet. Cassie is a narrator that tells me too much every step of the way and Violet was too condescending. If she was an actual person, I think she would have been the reason people voted Leave.

For someone that only looks at the facts, Violet did an awful lot of assuming herself.

Fact is four people died after eating soup they bought at a street vendor. Assumption is "If you're trying to poison as many people as possible, then you would want to go as long as po
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
To put it succinctly, this is a contemporary version of Sherlock Holmes with girls. I have never read the series by Arthur Conan Doyle, but I have seen a few of the movies and I am going to go out on a limb and claim they aren't on the same level. However, both series try to teach their readers to think and I appreciate that.

I read a lot of cozies and I mostly can guess the murderer but not by analyzing the clues and drawing the correct conclusions. Mostly it is a gut feeling based on the patte
Stephanie Dagg
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very polished cozy with lots of personality.
Our heroine Cassie, months away from becoming a fully qualified surgeon, is knocked down in a carpark and the injuries she receives put paid to her career. She sinks into depression, so decides moving to London might be just the tonic she needs. In fact, she knows this must be the case when her mother, completely out of character, actively encourages her to spread her wings.
And so Cassie arrives in London. Despite having a generous compensati
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
E-Reader. Mystery

Cassie Coburn was to become an Orthopedic Surgeon, but was hit by a car leaving the hospital parking lot.  Due to her injuries she can't be an Orthopedic Surgeon.

She received ten million dollars from his insurance company, considering the amount lost income she would earned as surgeon. 

Cassie became very depressed.  She knew needed to make a life changing decision.  She has a UK passport, since her birth, her father is Scottish.  
Cassie decides to go live in London. She's being
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
With a career that ended before it began, aspiring surgeon, Cassie Coburn has decided to take the 10 million dollar settlement from the accident that ended her promising career and her dreams and head for England.

Despite her windfall wealth, ever frugal Cassie buys a used bicycle to get around town only to find it stolen a few days later. While reporting the theft at the local police station she meets Violet Despuis, a Frenchwoman who acts as a police consultant on difficult cases (think the Eur
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-english
Poison in Paddington je milé překvapení. Nečekala jsem nic. Kniha byla na Amazonu zadarmo a mě zlákala zasazením děje do ulic Londýna. Děj knihy je poměrně jednoduchý. Jedná se o detektivku, která trochu vykráda Shelocka Holmese, akorát si vystačí jen s holčičím obsazením. Hlavní hrdinka a vypravěčka v jedné osobě se vydává do Londýna překonat svoji depresi a hned zkraje se tam zamotá do vyšetřování vraždy. Stane se něčím jako asistentkou pro soukromou vyšetřovatelku Violet Despuis. Violet je ta ...more
Graham Rook
Dec 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Author should stick to subjects of which she has knowledge.

The author obviously has no idea of police detection methods. Her French detective is put forward as having some special Holmes type logic that the police don't have. Rubbish! The police are more than capable of logical, lateral thinking and certainly would not divulge sensitive information re an ongoing crime to a dabbling amateur. And what is the reason of the introduction of a cat into the story? It has no relevance and just appears t
Book Him Danno
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The introduction of a quirky duo of crime fighters in central London. Cassie, who was set to become an orthopedic surgeon, before her career and life were ruined in a vehicle accident has moved to London to try and restart her life. After, she goes to the Police to report a stolen bicycle, she meets a very madcap french woman and embarks on an investigation to solve 4 murders. Think of a brilliant female investigator with all of the deduction skills of the fabled Sherlock Holmes. This is what Vi ...more
Frank Carver
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I had never heard the term "cozy mystery" before, but I picked it up as a Kindle Prime freebie, so it was worth a try.

Essentially this book is a Sherlock FanFic, but with the names and genders changed and a bit of tweaking to the character history. Given that, it's surprisingly well written and kept me interested and coming back to read it in odd moments - more than lots of books I have slogged through recently. It's a quick read, too, without
Lisa Harris
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good cozy mystery book. It's sad that Cassie was involved in an accident that ended her medical career. I'm glad that she took the initiative to reclaim her life back and end the depression by moving to London. It wasn't until her bicycle got stolen that she met Violet that she began living again. Helping Violet sleuth seemed to really fit her. I found this book to be very engaging and hard to put down! I really enjoyed the narrator as I've never listened to her before and would ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Poison in Paddington
: Samantha Silver

This is a light, quick cozy murder mystery The characters are quirky and a bit larger than life. If you want a serious police procedural.....keep looking. This has humor and logic that gives the listener a few hours of easy listening while they try to help solve the crime. Oh and an orphaned cat finds a new human to live with. I hope to see where this series goes.

The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Patricia Santomasso made the ch
Galina Chankova
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really different take on a detective and their doctor companion (think Sherlock & Watson), however, really intriguing - I could not put it down until the end. Absolutely love the confidence and sassiness of Violet (absolute woman copy of cocky Sherlock). Reminds me slightly of Poirot even (though he's Belgium and not French).
Cassie, an American doctor, moves to London on a whim to restart her life, following an accident that puts her surgeon career to an end. Little did she know, reporting h
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cozy indeed

Cassie had a very good reason to be England; the surgical career she'd envisioned was not to be due to a vehicular accident which damaged her hand and leg. She travelled to try rid herself of depression. Violet is a female Sherlock Holmes who decides to involve Cassie in a multiple homicide (a food truck poisoning s) which she believes is a clever cover to hide that the target was one specific person. She disagrees with the police theory of a deranged serial killer on the loose. Cassi
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was well written for the most part and my only small gripe is probably just due to my impatience with Violet's arrogance. I'm not sure why the author made such a point of making Violet an apparent cat expert with her lengthy explanation of cat genetics when what she was saying was completely incorrect. While it's likely that an orange or calico cat will give birth to at least one orange kitten in a litter, there is no guarantee that a male born from either of those would absolutely be orang ...more
Shirley Shankland
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. Very likable characters and although fast pace and straight to the point, the plot was very clever and I loved the investigation of the murder. I had no incline who the murderer might be at all. It was easy too read, with plenty of detail yet not too much which can become boring at times. It’s fun, sassy and humorous. It is also extremely refreshing to be reading from the point of view of the assistant sidekick, rather than the main investigator. I am definitely going t ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great mystery more unread more I enjoyed the story

More I read the more I really loved this story the characters. Violet reminds me of a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Poroit with dash of new age character with some humour in the form of young French female. Was not sure at first but like the latest Dr who but more I read the more I wanted to read more .So I found a great new series , who and solving this case of who did and why keep me guessing. Great mystery well written.
Carol St John
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun read!

Sherlock and Watson live again! At first it seemed a little derivative and it is, but this story is so well done that I could not only forgive the author but feel I should encourage her as well. Her detective is interesting and the medical sidekick believable. The plot is well done with just the right twists to keep the reader turning pages eagerly. Thank you Ms. Silver.
Jennifer Kellogg
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book! I love to read but this is the first book that I have honestly given five stars. There’s a lot of humor , it has a whole Sherlock and Watson aspect to these two ladies, and it is a great read!! I can very much relate to the main character, Cassie. She seems very much like me in a lot of ways. If you like cozy mysteries and Sherlock Holmes and a lot of humor this is the series for you. I hope you love it as much as I do!
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Samantha Silver lives in British Columbia, Canada, along with her husband and a little old doggie named Terra. She loves animals, skiing and of course, writing cozy mysteries.

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