Just a few more days left on my Advent Book Blog and today it is the turn of Before I trust you by Daisy White. This is book 3 in the Ruby Baker series and is a brilliant read.
BEFORE I TRUST YOU (Ruby Baker #3)
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Do you love gripping mysteries? Then discover Ruby Baker, a young woman with a talent for uncovering the truth.
Rita Stonehill runs in front of the horses on a sunny day at Brighton racecourse. Why did she kill herself and is there more to it than meets the eye?
Ruby Baker is shocked to witness this dramatic event. Rita’s brother thinks she was murdered, but there’s no evidence to suggest that.
It seems like an open-and-shut case of suicide, but as a sordid love triangle emerges, is there more to it than that?
Ruby plunges into the glamorous world of horse racing to discover the truth. This is her most dangerous case yet and Rita’s death strikes very close to home for Ruby.
And then Ruby’s best friend Mary experiences a very shocking event . . .
Discover a gripping new mystery writer today. Great for fans of Agatha Christie or LJ Ross.
This is the third book in a mystery series set in 1960s Brighton, a tumultuous time of change and opportunity.
RUBY BAKER SERIES
Book 1: BEFORE I LEFT
Book 2: BEFORE I FOUND YOU
Book 3: BEFORE I TRUST YOU
This is book 3 in the Ruby Baker series. It is the 1960s so bear that in mine when reading as opinions and safety have changed a lot since then.
This series is definitely growing on me and I am hoping for many more.
The story begins at a horse race. Everyone is in high spirits and very excited when a girl suddenly runs out in front of the horses. A tragic accident, suicide or murder? There are a lot of opinions but nobody really saw anything or did they?
This is a story that moves along at a fairly fast pace and I was gripped all the way through. There is a lot going on and that brings with it a lot of interest. We expect competition and gambling in the horse racing world but there is a lot more going on here.
Suicide (or murder) by horse is a unique idea. The victim was playing the field so maybe jealousy was a motive or maybe not. The suspense builds all the way through the book and we are nearly at the end before the pieces fit together.
Ruby and her gang of amateur detectives are realistic characters that have grown and developed over the series. There are also a couple of back stories that could make the reader feel they have missed something but apart from that the book works well as stand alone.
Adrenaline pumping suspense, twists, turns and red herrings this is an intriguing story that will keep you entertained. 5 stars from me.
What the bloggers think
Black Books Blog
There are so many twists in the story with more people going missing that you struggle who committed any of the murders, or if people actually were murdered or just ran away to hide. Read more here
Ginger Book Geek
I adore the character of Ruby Baker and I took to her from the start. She’s a lovely lass, who seems to have a great deal of success in solving crimes. If something doesn’t seem right to her then it usually means that it isn’t. When Ruby takes on a case you know that she is going to investigate the matter fully even if the investigation does get her into the occasional scrape or two. Read more here
On The Shelf Reviews
I really enjoyed the setting of the racecourse and the whole racing scene, it was so realistically done with great attention to detail, especially the opening scenes of the book, I could almost picture myself there in the crowd. Read more here
Linda Strong Book Reviews
This one grabs you from the very first page and doesn’t let go until the very surprising end. Read more here
Joanna Larum’s Reviews
I love Daisy White’s books. The story keeps you glued to the page, desperate to find the next clue, although I have never managed to solve a case before Ruby! The characters are so believable and the stories make the trip into the 1960’s into nostalgia rather than being drearily old-fashioned. Read more here
Turn The Page
This is the third book in a mystery series set in 1960s Brighton, a tumultuous time of change and opportunity. Read more here
Mystery Thriller Week
This is a good mystery. Young Rita Stonehill commits a gruesome suicide by throwing herself in front of racing horse in Brighton racecourse. Or did she? Daisy white slowly unravels exactly who is Rita Stonehill and the shady circumstances leading up to her death. Or murder. Read more here