A Bed of Scorpions – Judith Flanders

25663726 5/5 Scorpion Stars

On The Back:

Summer in London-the sun is finally shining, the flowers are in bloom, and life is humming merrily along for book editor Samantha Clair, off to lunch with her old friend, art-dealer Aidan Merriam. Humming merrily until she learns that his partner has just been found dead in their gallery, slumped over his desk with a gun in his hand. Could anything be worse? Oh yes, the police investigation is being led by Inspector Jake Field, who just happens to be Sam’s new boyfriend. And Aidan, who just happens to be Sam’s ex-boyfriend, wants Sam’s help. Finding herself drawn into another investigation, Sam does the only sensible thing and calls her mother. Before long, Sam finds her loyalties stretched to the limit as she herself is threatened.

Armed with nothing more than her trusty weapons of satire, cynicism and a stock of irrelevant information culled from novels, Sam races to find a killer who is determined to find her first in the newest fast-paced, uproarious novel in the critically acclaimed series from New York Times bestselling author Judith Flanders.

My Thoughts:

*I received a free copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and views stated in this review are entirely my own.*

Absolutely loved this book! A Murder of Magpies was the first in this series, and I loved it, so when I saw this book on Netgalley, I requested it immediately, and I can say that I don’t regret it.

The main characters are extremely likeable and realistic. In some cozies you read some of the main characters think they’re better than the police or other people, but none of the characters do here, and they make you feel as if you have an immediate connection with them.

The mystery was excellently plotted. I did not see who the killer was until Sam did. However, there were clues sporadically placed that should have clued me in. Judith Flanders used twists, and diversions to cause you to have absolutely no idea who the killer was, until the reveal.

Overall a great book. It started off slow, but by chapter 3 I was hooked! I highly recommend this book and encourage you to read this series. I’ll definitely be reading the next one!

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