I was in the mood for a mystery a few weeks ago and selected The Irish Cottage Murder, by Dicey Deere, randomly off the shelf. It turned out to be a great selection, with a plot reminiscent of Agatha Christie. Several people all happen to be staying at a castle in Ireland at the same time, and while they are there two murders happen. The setup was classic: each individual was eccentric in some way and had a possible motive for one or the other of the murders. The main character, a young woman named Torrey Tunet, has the most immediately obvious motive and is accused by the police, so she starts investigating herself in order to clear her name. I enjoyed that the plot was complex enough that the mystery was “solved” three times in the book, with the first two times seeming plausible but then new evidence eventually coming to light. I did not guess the complete solution, although I had suspicions.
The writing did not stand out as particularly excellent or particularly bad; it flowed well enough. The story was told through the viewpoints of several of the characters, with short chapters that jumped from one character to another. It was interesting since that meant the reader had more information than any individual character. I think it was overall an effective approach for this story.
I think there are more books by this author, so I look forward to reading them.