Monday, 16 November 2015

Every Word by Ellie Marney

 Welcome to the first day of the Every Word Blog Tour.  All this week, you are invited to visit with more than twenty bloggers to read what they thought of Ellie Marney's new book Every Word, the second instalment in the continuing story of James Mycroft and Rachel Watts.   #WattsCroft

I loved this book.  If it weren't for family obligations, I would have read it through in one sitting.   Once I had this book in hand, I couldn't wait to find out what mystery would confront the inquisitive pair.  In their last book, Mycroft and Watts helped the Melbourne police solve the murder of their friend Dave.  Eight weeks have elapsed since that event and the duo are still trying to work out the kinks in their relationship, mainly that Rachel is effectively grounded from seeing James unsupervised.

Things come to a dramatic head when he learns of the death of Daniel Gardener, a rare book conservator, at a library in England, that had just lost an extremely valuable copy of a first edition folio of William Shakespeare's plays.  Mr. Gardener died in a car jacking that sounded suspiciously like the one in which James' parents lost their lives. Could these two incidents be connected.

From this point on, the story goes into overdrive and the plot progresses at a record pace.  Over the next week we learn about the true depth of their feelings and commitment to each other.  The two work so well together, like Holmes and Watson who inspired them.  They continue to compliment each others strengths.  I enjoyed seeing Rachel take more of a lead and carry out some investigations on her own.

This is a complex plot that is carefully revealed to the reader with lots of bits and pieces just waiting to be fit together.  I found it believable that Mycroft would have been asked to help in the investigation.  It was a bit harder to accept Rachel's determination to follow him, but it is true that if teenagers are anything, they are impulsive and seldom think through the consequences of their actions.

I was sad then this book ended. I really like the character of Mycroft and didn't want to leave him.  Author Ellie Marney has done a terrific job of developing these two characters and the groundwork has been laid for a successful continuing series.

I have previously posted my review of Every Breath, the first book in this series.

Thanks to Tundra Books for my review copy.

Can't wait to get your hands on a copy of Every Word, complete the Rafflecopter below to be entered to win a copy courtesy of Tundra Books.  Open to those in Canada and the United States only.

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1 comment:

Maraia @ Büchermonster said...

This is super cheesy, but right now I'd really like Mycroft and Watts to solve the mystery of my missing mail. I've been waiting over two weeks for a letter, and it's disappeared! :(
Thanks for the giveaway!