Death Plays a Part
When her beloved London theatre closes for renovations, costume maker Guinevere is excited to start a job at Cornisea castle, a centuries-old keep on a small tidal island off the coast of Cornwall. Imagine a whole summer full of stories of hidden treasures, fab food and long walks with her perky dachshund Dolly.
But when a reenactment of a medi...more
Death plays a part is the first book I have read by Viv and I'm very excited to discover more of her books.
I was thoroughly enthralled by the mystery and secrets surrounding the murder of Haydock and the island of Cornisea.
Viv created a very magical, mystical feel to the Island.
When Guinevere and Dolly embark on a summer adventure to help Lord Bolingbrooke catalogue books at he's castle. Whilst her ...more
DEATH PLAYS A PART (Cornish Castle Mystery Book 1) by Vivian Conroy is the first of a new cozy mystery series featuring Guinevere Evans and her adorable dachshund, Dolly. It is a clever locked room cozy set in an old castle on a tidal island off the coast of Cornwall.
Guinevere is a costume designer for a London theater that has to close for renovations over the summer. She receives an offer to work and live at Cornisea castle catal ...more
This introduces Guinevere, who is a costume designer for the stage, and when her job entails her to take a hiatus for the summer she accepts a position on the Cornish coast. Her job will find her working for a Lord who is quite volatile at times. However, on her first day there a murder happens! Since she's an outsi ...more
This is a fairly cute, clean little story about a young woman Guinevere and her little dog Dolly who end up on the Cornish coast at a castle for the summer. Guinevere has been hired by the Lord of the castle to help catalog ...more
Every once in awhile I like to change things up and pick up a cozy mystery, there’s something comforting about these light mysteries that make for a nice change of pace. Death Plays a Part is the first book in a new series with an adorable and sweet lead character named Guinevere. Fans of this genre will adore her, she’s just a lovely character with that perfect combination of curiosity and charm that’s so appealing.
This was a quick read with ...more
Of course when Guinevere accepted the job in the castle the last thing she was expecting was a dead body on the first night, during a rehearsal for a historical reenactme ...more
I loved Guinevere and the setting here on Cornisea island. Vivian Conroy has created a visual feast where I found it comparat ...more
When the London theatre where Guinevere works as a costume designer, closes for the summer, she is delighted to have secured a position as a book cataloguer in Cornisea Castle off the coast of Cornwall, to while away her days. Along with her four-legged companion, Dolly, Guinevere is delighted to spend time in such a historical treasure trove ...more
Guinevere is part of a theatre group and they've become her family. She gets the opportunity to head to Cornwall for the Summer to work at a castle and help catalogue the book collection there - sounds like my idea of heaven!! So off she sets with her faithful companion, Dolly the Dachsund, for a new adventure!
Soon her adve ...more
There are traces of things like the Ladies's Detective Agency or something equally appealing from the ITV Sunday evening schedule in Conroy's wri ...more
I’m going to get a negative out of the way before I really get into my review. I absolutely loathed the use of ‘doggy’ to refer to Dolly the dacshund, because she is quite a strong and determined character in her own right and I felt this undermined her.
Doggies aside, I thought Death Plays a Part was a fun read – which seems a peculiar ...more
The setting. The reason I was SO excited for this book was Cornwall. I’ve been going to the West Country most years since I can remember, and I w ...more
So what did I think...
With gorgeous descriptions of the fictional Cornisea and the people who live there it felt as if I had just arrived too and I was taking in the new sights and feelings. It really is easy to fall in love with the setting and the castle itself along with some lovely quirky and fun characters in Death Plays a Part. Guinevere is a lovely cha ...more
Guinevere works in a theater company in London, but needs a summer job while the theater is being renovated. She, along with her dog Dolly, gets a job cataloging a library on a quaint island called C ...more
I knew as soon as I saw the description that it would likely be one that my theater-loving Cornwall-obsessed self would love, and I wasn't wrong. The first of Vivian Conroy's Cornish Castle Mysteries is yet another fantastic tal ...more
When she arrives at Cornisea Castle, she finds herself helping out with a re-enactment of the medieval t ...more
With it's beautiful setting on the Cornish coast and its charming lead, Death Plays a Part makes for an enjoyable reading experience. It is a cozy mystery that will appeal to a wide range of ages.
Guinevere is a costume maker, but as the London theater she works for is being remodeled, she has taken a job cataloging the library of Cornisea Castle. Her arrival coincides with the rehearsal of the trial of a historic villain from the area. The intention is to draw tourists, but police are d ...more
I loved the premise of this story; Theatre Costume Designer Guinevere and her cute Daschund companion Dolly were off to spend the summer in Cornwall working for the owner of an ancient castle on the fictional island of Cornisea, off the coast of Cornwall. Sounds like a perfect summer working vacation to me as Guinevere was to help catalogu ...more
Superb descriptions of the setting of Cornisea really make the place come alive from the pages, I felt like I was there and able to see the sights. Likewise, the characters really come to ...more
Death Plays a Part is a fun and traditional murder mystery. Guinevere interviews everyone on the island and follows all the clues until she can work out ...more
I am a big fan of Agatha Christie, so when I discovered one of the influences of this author was Agatha Christie too, I looked forward to a good read of a Cornish pace of life, with good characters and a murder thrown into the mix early and I wasn't disappointed. All the clues were there for those intent on finding the killer before the last few pages, but I enjoyed the story telling and allowed the plot to unfold with a few' ah, yes' moments as bits of ...more
Stunning contrived plot. A really brilliantly thought up closed room murder. Who killed him? How did someone manage to get into a closed room and kill the most hated man on the village? Unless she can answer that it is very possible that an innocent man will be convicted of murder. A really well written book. If you like a really good mystery on a par with Christie then this is for you.