No Simple Death
When Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West is called to investigate a murder in a Dublin graveyard, suspicion immediately falls on a local woman, Edel Johnson, whose husband disappeared some months before. But then she disappears.
Evidence leads West to a small village in Cornwall, but when he checks in to an Inn, he...more
This was an intriguing tale of murder, lies, identity theft and other crimes, with some great characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. Along the way there are many of twists and turns, mystery and great chemistry between the main characters.
This was a new author for me, after reading a round a third of the book, I started to look at her other work. Before I had finished, I had ...more
Having read the latter part of the series, I now return to the beginning. With mixed emotions, I found it difficult to settle on a rating, given that I struggled to engage with the story at times. However, the background of protagonist Mike West is established, making him an even more likeable character.
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The first 30% of the book was engaging, and then it just failed to go anywhere. The characters don't develop; we know no more about them by the end of the book than we did at the 30% mark.
The text was marked by errors like "crown gathering" instead of "crowd gathering"; "her hear racing" instead of "her heart racing", and it just goes on. One ...more
Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West is called to investigate. Edel states she has no idea of the man's identity. While West is putting her on his suspect list, she disappears.
West's suspicions grow exponentially when his team discovers evidence of blackmail and illegal drug involving Edel's missing husband. And then another man is murdered ...
Is Edel a ...more
Kelly Johnson's husband disappeared 3 months ago. She waits for his return ... eating, bathing, almost breathing is forgotten in her grief. On the one day she manages to leave the house. she discovers a dead man in the graveyard behind her home ... only this man has never been buried.
Garda Sergeant Mike West is called to investigate and finds a link from the dead man to Kelly's missing husband ... and then she goes missing.
Mike West is intense and detail oriented. Kelly started out as someone I ...more
I enjoyed the mystery, it was well thought-out and came together nicely; I loved that Kelly kept disappearing, the first time she disappeared I was not her biggest fan, and I thought she wasn’t the most likeable character but as events unfolded I came around to her way of thinking. By ...more
Valerie has crafted a pl ...more
The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).
Kindle freebie on April 18, 2020 (currently 99¢ and in Kindle Unlimited as of writing this post)
I'm always in the mood for a police procedural murder mystery, especially if they are in interesting settings. Since I think most places ARE interesting that isn't too difficult a criteria. No Simple Death is also in Kindle Unlimited and some of these ar ...more
Set in foxrock village Dublin,Kelly Johnson husband simon vanished three month's ago. Walking home from shopping through the graveyard she stumbled across a boxed body with a Sharp wound in the stomach. the garda is called and find a sheet of paper with a message"come to good" written,this message is also found in Kelly's coat pocket on the day simon disappeared so what's the connection? I got so engrossed in the book from the start, fast pace, so many twists, sergeant Mike west has ...more
I really enjoyed That One May Smile. It is a great thriller with a lot of twists and turns that kept me gripped and sitting on the edge. If you’ve got room in your suitcase for one more book this summer, please use that room for That One May Smile as it’s a great light hearted mystery to read by the pool!
The writing style of That One May Smile really makes the novel and if you’re a one for police procedures, then this n ...more
Edel Johnson’s life is slowly crumbling around her. Her husband Simon has been missing for over three months and with no answers from the local Garda she is left with no motivation to go on. A quick trip to the local store turns Edel’s life upside down after she discovers a dead man in the graveyard adjacent to her home. Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West is called to investigate and after speaking with Edel he finds himself left with more questions than answers. A series of stra ...more
I was looking forward to reading this book as it takes place in Ireland. Valerie Keogh is a good writer. Some words threw me a bit since it takes place in another country but not enough to throw the book off.
This is the kind of book you read if you want to know police procedure when investigating a crime. It's walks you step by step on how investigating crimes go. I guessed what was going on early on but that's not unus ...more
Kelly Johnson's husband, Simon, disappeared 3 months ago and she has become a bit of a hermit since. One morning she leaves the house to go shopping and on her way home stumbles on a body. This body is later discovered to have her husband's identification on him.
The police are called and are launched into an investigation full of duplicity and intrigue.
I enjoyed this book on the whole but didn't feel lik ...more
Edel Johnson’s husband has disappeared, and we go through her worry pain with her, as she works with the police to try and find out where he is. And why a strange note he's left is found. One th ...more
Set in foxrock village Dublin, Edel Johnson husband simon vanished three month's ago. Walking home from shopping through the graveyard she stumbled across a boxed body with a Sharp wound in the stomach. the garda is called and find a sheet of paper with a message"come to good" written,this message is also found in Edels coat pocket on the day simon disappeared so what's the connection? I got so engrossed in the book from the start, fast pace, so many twists, sergeant Mike west has a very difficu ...more