With high tide comes murder… 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 medieval trial in the castle dungeons ends in real-life murder, and accusations threaten the castle’s future, Guinevere and Dolly dig deep into the island community’s best-kept secrets to unmask the killer and save their Cornish summer.
Guinevere is a costume designer for a London Theatre, that unfortunately has to shut down due to renovations, leaving Guinevere in a little slump of what to do next over the Summer. She is kindly offered a job to work and live at Cornisea Castle, cataloguing their library. Guinevere jumps up at the opportunity, excited to see what adventures she and her partner in crime, Dolly, can get up too.
When she arrives at Cornisea Castle, she finds herself helping out with a re-enactment of the medieval trial of Branok. However, the re-enactment takes a turn for the worst and what was meant to only be a production for Cornwall to enjoy, became a murder mystery Cornwall couldn’t comprehend. Arthur Haydock, who was cast as the role of Branok, was found murdered in a cell during rehearsals. Lord Bolingbrooke was the only one with access to the cell, however, denies having anything to do with Arthur’s death. It’s now down to Guinevere and Dolly to find out who is setting up poor Lord Bolinbrooke and get them locked away for the murder of Arthur Haydock.
I always love a good mystery book and this was definitely one I could find myself curled up cosy on the sofa with, joining little Dolly and Guinevere on their adventures in Cornwall. ‘Death Plays a Part’ is a very light-hearted murder mystery story with a nice change of pace throughout. The plot was interlaced so well that it was hard to guess who the murderer could have been and although I had my suspicions, I could never find a good enough reason behind it myself. Vivian doesn’t leave you hanging until the very end, she gives clues a long the way, helping you piece the puzzle just a little more each chapter.
I absolutely loved Guinevere and can’t wait to find out more about her; in the first book her backstory is so vague that I just need to know everything! She and Dolly are such a great pair, alongside Oliver who was co-sleuthing. The book cover is just so incredibly pretty as well and who doesn’t love a dog side-kick? Especially one as cute and as clever as Dolly!
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