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Six Proud Walkers

Author : Anthea Fraser
Published: 25 September 2015
Reviewed: 20 October 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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Copy kindly supplied by Endeavour Press in return for an honest review via NetGalley.

2 out of 5 stars

 

 

From the outside, the Walkers seem the perfect family.

With a revered family name, they are wealthy, loyal and proud.

Manufacturers of the world-famous Broadshire Porcelain, they are respected within their home village.

That is, until DCI Webb sees a message spelt out in flowers in their sprawling garden.
‘Murder’.

The head of the family, Dorothy Walker, is found dead. Now each member is a suspect.

Webb and Sergeant Jackson must work against time to unveil a secret that has festered within the Walker family.

Secrets, jealousy, tension and blackmail lie under the surface.

When the killer returns, the detectives must find out who could hate the Walker family enough to strike – and strike again?

The long-buried truths of six proud Walkers are to be unearthed.

Set against the backdrop of a peaceful village during a summer heatwave, ‘Six Proud Walkers’ is a gripping crime thriller, featuring Anthea Fraser’s popular detective David Webb. 

When “Murder” is spelled in a floral display in a garden DCI Webb is instantly intrigued, the peaceful idyllic village will be rocked by the murder of one of its most prominent inhabitants and it’s up to DCI Webb and his team to solve the case before there are any other victims.

DCI Webb is visiting his friend Hannah James, who is house/cat sitting for her boss (the local headmistress) when they are invited to the local church fair.  It is whilst Webb and James are being given the grand tour that they discover the word “murder” written in flowers and wonder what it is all about, meeting members of the Walker family sheds no more light on it, but instead poses more questions.  When the matriarch of the Walker family is found murdered the next day Webb finds himself wading through the lives of Dorothy Walker’s family, who has a secret they’ve kept hidden, who has a secret they want kept hidden and who’s secrets will rock the very core of the family?!
I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, there are bits and pieces you can guess as you read about the “whodunnit” and the “why” but there are twists that you just can’t see coming and they will shock you. 

The spelling mistakes in this book really put me off, things like “Guy” instead of “Guv” “hail” instead of “hall” are just some of the ones that grated on me.  Granted these are small things, but they really stood out of me, and really put this novel on a bad footing with me.
I felt the pace was quite slow in the beginning, desperately fighting the urge to skim over bits and pieces to get to somewhere in the novel where things actually happened.   I appreciate that the scene needs to be set and key characters introduced but it really felt like it was dragging at times.

Overall this very much felt like an episode of a British crime teatime TV show (Midsomer Murders?), quite dated feeling, despite the tragic murder and the vivid descriptions of the scenes this novel had an almost gentle, bumbling along feel to it.  I felt that I only finished this book to find out who the murderer was and why they did it, curiosity gets the better of me, but I will say that it was tough going at times because of the bad spelling and the format of the book felt “messy”.  Maybe my kindle had a bad setting for this book, but at times it was hard to tell when one character stopped speaking and another started because their dialogue seemed to run into each other.  

I might recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Fiction, Crime and Police Procedural Genres.
 
I would like to thank Endeavour Press for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 25th September 2015.  A copy can be purchased here Six Proud Walkers (UK Kindle Version) 

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