Monday, June 25, 2012

Book Review: THE SHOLES KEY by Clarissa Draper

Title: The Sholes Key
Series: An Evans and Blackwell Mystery
Author: Clarissa Draper
Publisher: WiDo Publishing (May 1, 2012)
Format: Kindle eBook
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Genre: Mystery

Description: All across London, single mothers are vanishing. Margaret Hill, mother of two, walked out of her house two months before, never seen again. A month later, Carrie-Anne Morgans takes her two-year-old son for a walk in the park and disappears leaving him alone in his stroller. Lorna McCauley leaves her London flat in the early hours of the morning to buy medicine for her sick child and disappears.

Newly promoted Detective Inspector Theophilus Blackwell is assigned the case of Lorna McCauley, which, on the outside seems to be a simple case of mid-life crisis and child abandonment.

Elsewhere in London, MI5 analyst, Sophia Evans, is working undercover to catch an animal rights group responsible for targeted bombings. As her case (and her personal life) fall to pieces, she receives a strange envelope in the mail. It contains a picture of Lorna McCauley’s lifeless face along with a daunting code.

Now the police and MI5 are forced to work together to stop the murders, and Sophia must find her way into the terrifying mind of a serial killer.

Review: Clarissa Draper’s The Sholes Key cracks the code on a thrilling mystery novel.

In London, Detective Inspector Theophilus Blackwell is searching for missing women while MI5 analyst Sophia Evans is working undercover to catch a bomber. When a strange code on the back of a photograph of a previously assumed missing person shows up in Sophia’s mailbox, Sophia is thrust from her undercover case into a murder mystery. Theo’s missing women’s case has become Sophia’s own, and the two must work together to solve the code before another woman is kidnapped and murdered.

The Sholes Key is a complex mystery with many thrilling elements. The novel weaves through several cases, although not all are solved. Draper makes each character come to life, and I couldn’t wait to read what would happen next to Evans and Blackwell. The plot had many different elements and was a little confusing here and there at first to keep all the cases straight. The dialogue and the description flowed well, although I would’ve loved to have seen a copy of the complete code. For a reader, it would’ve been fun to try to decipher the code while the characters were figuring it out. Even though I realized who the murderer was right away, I enjoyed reading to see if I was right as well as the developing partnership of Evans and Blackwell.

The Sholes Key by Clarissa Draper is the first in a fantastic new mystery series. I look forward to reading the next one.

Four Bookworms = I really liked it!