Big mysteries often come in small packages…
When curmudgeonly private detective Betty Grape visits a young friend, who is housesitting in a remote village in England for Christmas vacation, something seems out of place. Her friend, Catia, is visibly nervous. Is she worried about the young men in the decrepit caravan in next door’s back garden? Or is Catia involved in the disappearance of the homeowner’s invalid wife?
As an American, Betty discovers the locals are full of friendly gossip but taciturn about solid facts. Though they are determined to keep Betty from butting in on their territory, she blunders through the social morass of narrow-minded foreigners and their broad Dorset accents. Can she unravel the tight knots of this mystery? Will she find the perpetrator under thickly thatched rooves or behind floral chintz curtains?
Tied Up With Strings is book one in the A Serebral Seniors Mystery series written by Madeline McEwen and wow what a stellar start to a series! Tied Up With Strings is a unique mystery tale that is what I would define as a classic detective mystery with detective attributes that make the story a stellar read. Tied Up With Strings is a book I adored for many reasons, one of the main reasons is because the story is based in Devon England and I grew up in England and even visited Devon so to visit here throughout these pages was beautiful! Another reason I love Tied Up With Strings is because of McEwen’s captivating literature that was laced with intrigue, mystery, and suspense from start to finish.
Tied Up With Strings will introduce the reader to an elderly private detective called Betty Grape. Betty is an American who lives in Silicon Valley, but she decides to travel to Devon England to spend Christmas with her friend’s daughter. Catia is the daughter, and she is home sitting in a remote village in Devon, and upon arrival, Betty’s detective senses are alerted because Catia is nervous… very nervous! The fact that Devon is nervous starts to make Betty think, is it because young men are lurking around or is it because of something much more sinister? Could Catia be involved in the disappearance of the homeowner’s wife? These are two questions Betty begins to think and throughout the book she will start to investigate what is happening in this small English village. It won’t be easy too because the villagers are determined to keep hush on certain events which adds to Betty’s suspicions. What follows is an intriguing mystery full of many moments that will charm and thrill readers, in particular, those that love detective mysteries!
Throughout Tied Up With Strings, the reader is taken on an impeccably well-developed journey which I was impressed with considering the novel is roughly 85 pages! Usually, with mysteries the book is big, and this is because there needs to be enough suspense and not for the big mystery at the heart of the novel to be over to quick so I am impressed by how well -developed and how much suspense was present in Tied Up With Strings.
There is much I love about Madeline McEwen’s literature, but I admit her descriptions of Devon were mesmerizing and definitely some of my favorite parts of the story. I felt that McEwen was able to flawlessly transport me back to beautiful Devon and walk me through the cobbled streets and that is a sign of a talented wordsmith whose work should be recognized!
What impressed me the most about the story in Tied Up With Strings was the author’s ability to write an incredibly intricate suspenseful story that kept me intrigued from start to finish. As I mentioned briefly Tied Up With Strings is only a short book so I am incredibly impressed with how much suspense McEwen has managed to lace throughout the book. As I turned the pages I felt the suspense becoming more and more intense and when the big mystery was finally revealed it was thrilling! As well as incredibly satisfying.
Overall if you are looking to get lost in a detective mystery that features a unique but brilliant protagonist and a novel that will take you on a suspenseful but quick journey that will satisfy you for an hour or two then Tied Up With Strings is for you and I have no choice but to award this story five stars!
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