***** 5 STARS
In Seven Eight Play It Straight Edge’s actress stepdaughter is performing in a successful Fringe show during the Edinburgh Festival. Long-standing hostilities are set aside when a violent and bloody murder strikes all too close to home, but the temporary truce doesn’t last after Fiona accuses Edge of the murder. This is the fourth in the author EJ Lamprey series of Grasshopper Lawns cozy mysteries, the storyline moves from the fringes of Edinburgh society to Edinburghs biggest summer tourist attraction the Festival Fringe. This novel like her earlier material centers around four friends who are living in the Grasshopper Lawns, a retirement village that comprising of some very “interesting” characters. The storyline focus around Edge Cameron, a semi-retired author and her friends Vivian, William and Donald who do like to; spend their time sipping their cuppas in there rocking chairs putting the world to rights but are also very contemporary and a large part of the enjoyment in these volumes is watching the balance between the characters being not so young and not very old. There is also the murder aspect that make up the back bone of the novels that include members of the retirement home and friends of Edge’s family caused by inheritance disputes, think of a Scottish set Agatha Christie Novel and you begin to get the picture.
This is unlike the other books in the series in a few ways as the novel centres around main character Edge and her stepdaughter, the actress Fiona Bentwood, The title is slighty changed as instead of being Lay Them Straight as in the nursery rhyme, it is Play It Straight and there are scene breaks rather than conventional chapters. Though like the other novels in the Grasshopper Lane Series it still classes as a stand a lone book, meaning for the reader that they don’t have to be read in sequence to be enjoyed. The novel also incorporates the setting of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe very well within the way in which the author has made it quite light hearted for a murder mystery using fancy dress party , performing artists, melodrama, totally contrived coincidences and theatrical makeup in the climax. It has the ability to draw the reader into the action and make he pages come alive. The best part about reading this novel for me was that the author made sure that you are kept guessing about who is the murderer and It’s not until the end that you might guess who the real murderer is. That and other aspects is what makes this book a good read, It has lively characters, lively events and a lively murderer that is incorporated into a very richly woven story that all contribute to another winner in this series. Can’t wait to see what the author has in store for our favourite characters in the next few novels, definitely on to a winner with this series.
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Print Length: 211 pages
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