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Hard to believe that we’re half way through the year already, and as we’ve hit this milestone, I figured that it might be a good time to round up some of the great indie books that I’ve featured so far and some of the great authors who have given their time to take part in author interviews or written guest posts for us to read.

Links to each of the Friday features are below, or alternatively if you want to use the search function at the top of the page, just type in the name of the book or author to bring up the relevant page.

Feature Links:
Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech (book feature)
The Twitches Meet a Puppy by Hayley Scott (book feature)
Fractured Winter by Alison Baillie (book feature)
Inborn by Thomas Enger (book feature)
Roz White (author feature)
Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz (book feature)
The Courier by Kjell Old Dahl (book feature)
The Red Light Zone by Jeff Zycinski (book feature)
A Letter From Sarah by Dan Proops (book and author feature)
The Silver Moon Storybook by Elaine Gunn (book feature)
Runaway by Claire MacLeary (book feature)
Sunwise by Helen Steadman (book feature)
The Lives Before Us by Juliet Conlin (book feature)
The Red Gene by Barbara Lamplugh (book and author feature)
Death at The Plague Museum by Lesley Kelly (book feature)
Heleen Kist (author feature)
White Gold by David Barker (book feature)
Sonny and Me by Ross Sayers (book and author feature)
Claire MacLeary (author feature)
A History of Magic and Witchcraft: Sabbats, Satan and Superstitions in the West by Frances Timbers (book feature)
The Killer Across The Table by John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker (book feature)
Maggie Christensen (author feature)

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I do love when I can combine Celebrating Indie Publishing with a blog tour for a book that I have really enjoyed, and today is one of those happy days. I initially got an early copy of this book to read and I felt hugely honoured as I am a fan of this author and I think that everyone should read at least one of her books (or maybe all of them, it’s hard to pick just one). Scottish crime fiction is always a winner with me and this book is definitely one of those that will stay in my head for a while!

  • Title: Death at The Plague Museum
  • Author: Lesley Kelly
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press
  • Publication Date: 18th April 2019

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

The pandemic is spreading.

On Friday, three civil servants leading Virus policy hold a secret meeting at the Museum of Plagues and Pandemics. By Monday, two are dead and one is missing.

It’s up to Mona and Bernard of the Health Enforcement Team to find the missing official before panic hits the streets.

My Thoughts:

For those not familiar with Edinburgh and the Health Enforcement Team team in Lesley Kelly’s Health of Strangers series, this is the third book in the series, the first two being The Health of Strangers and Songs by Dead Girls. Information about these can be found on the author’s website or your book buying website of choice. This can be read as a standalone, but to get a real feel for the the characters and the storyline, I would recommend reading th series in its entirety.

In this instalment of the series the HET have a mammoth task on their hands, tracking down a missing official who is a key member of the Virus policy, as well as their day to day job enforcing health checks for the residents of the city to restrict the spread of the deadly virus.
With the HET taking centre stage in this book, the reader gets to know the individuals, their lives and their backstories. A focus on Bernard and Mona in Death at the Plague Museum gives a wonderful human side to the story here, allowing readers to explore their individual stories and leaving them wanting more. This step into the personal lives of the team members allows for some fantastic character development, you get to see the side of them that isn’t the business persona, the organised HET professional, but instead the person with their own troubles, heartaches and wants. I do love a character that can come alive from the pages, the more complex the better and here I felt that these guys were so real, so vivid, and I was rooting for them to find happiness.

The two unexplained deaths and a missing official makes for an exciting plot, and with the investigation taking place over a week, the pace is spot on which is sure to keep readers hooked. The dark humour expertly woven throughout the narrative is pitched perfectly, and the inclusion of difficult themes is what makes this stand out, Kelly has a flair for writing stories that engage the audience and ensure they cannot put the book down.

As with many books with a mystery, it’s hard to say too much about the actual story, there’s always the worry about giving something away, and this is definitely a clever plot that you need to discover for yourself. It’s well structured and leaves the reader breathless as they race through the book. Such a wonderful series from an amazing author, and if Lesley Kelly isn’t a name on your list of authors to keep an eye out for, then I highly recommend you add her name!

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