Today I am sharing my review of MURDER IN MALLOW COTTAGE by the fantastic Gretta Mulrooney. This is book 3 in the fantastic Detective Siv Drummond series which features unique realistic characters and gripping stories.
MURDER IN MALLOW COTTAGE (Detective Siv Drummond #3)
Format – Kindle
Publisher – Joffe Books
Publication Date – 2nd September 2021
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – Gretta Mulrooney
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I was hooked from the start and had difficulty putting it down. Brilliantly written with a very clever plot.” Mandy B.
DETECTIVE SIV DRUMMOND IS BACK IN THIS GRIPPING NEW MURDER MYSTERY YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT DOWN.
A dead body at the local crematorium. Nothing unusual about that . . .
Except this one, found under some flower wreaths on the steps of the chapel, wasn’t meant to be there.
Detective Siv Drummond and her team are on the case.
But the only person who knew the victim goes missing that same day.
The single clue they find is the dead man’s car containing a holiday brochure and a cryptic message:
Remember fun at Mallow Cottage.
What lethal secret lies hidden between the lines? Can Siv piece it all together before the killer strikes again?
Perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, Jane Adams, Tana French, Liane Moriarty, Ruth Rendell or Rachel Caine.
MEET THE DETECTIVE
Detective Inspector Siv Drummond is widowed following a tragic accident involving her husband. With everything in London reminding her of the past, she moves from a high-profile squad with the Met to a new job as DI in her old hometown — sleepy, seaside Berminster. She’s still grieving and lonely, but she’s a fighter and she’s smart, which earns her the respect of her colleagues DS Ali Carlin and DC Patrick Hill, and the grudging approval of her DCI, who wants his protégé to get her job.
Siv Drummond is back in this stunning addition to the series. While this is book 3 they do work perfectly as stand alone.
A body is left on the steps of the crematorium, no ID and nobody seems to have missed him. However, a young man is missing but it would be too easy for it to be the same man and nothing for Siv Drummond’s team.
Henry, the missing man, and his friends are spending a few days in a cottage owned by his family. The fact the group are not based here is just one problem of many for the team. The other problems include a number of secrets being kept hidden.
Filled to the brim with suspense this story is a roller coaster ride of twists and turns as Siv and her team try to uncover the motive behind the murder and at the same time try to find the missing man.
The characters continue to develop and their background fleshes out nicely over the course of the book. Siv is still grieving for her dead fiance, Ed, and working through her grief and trying to move on with her life ads interest to the story. Other aspects of the characters in this series are also brought in to the story.
This story has it all great characters that are well drawn, intrigue, secrets, drugs, revenge, guilt and relationships all play a part in gripping read that keeps the pages turning.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MURDER IN MALLOW COTTAGE:
⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A good read which kept me guessing. Looking forward to the next one. ” Barbara
⭐⭐⭐⭐ “An enjoyable book . . . Colourful cast of characters and an unusual setting.” Paul
“This storyline has a very complicated plot featuring many characters and it kept me guessing until the very end. Superbly written book as usual from one of my favourite authors.” Greta
⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I thoroughly enjoyed Murder in Mallow Cottage, which is an absorbing read with several twists and turns . . . I’m already looking forward to the next novel.” Elaine T.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Murder In Mallow Cottage is book three in the Siv Drummond series and hopefully there will be many more, as the host of characters keep the book chugging along at an ideal pace and it is one of those books that you don’t like to put down.” Iain
ALSO BY GRETTA MULROONEY
DETECTIVE INSPECTOR SIV DRUMMOND SERIES
Book 1: THESE LITTLE LIES
Book 2: NEVER CAME HOME
Book 3: MURDER IN MALLOW COTTAGE
THE TYRONE SWIFT DETECTIVE SERIES
Book 1: THE LADY VANISHED
Book 2: BLOOD SECRETS
Book 3: TWO LOVERS, SIX DEATHS
Book 4: WATCHING YOU
Book 5: LOW LAKE
Book 6: YOUR LAST LIE
Book 7: HER LOST SISTER
Book 8: MURDER IN PEMBROKESHIRE
Gretta Mulrooney was born in London of Irish parents and did an English degree in Derry. She has been published for over twenty-five years; children’s books, short stories, literary fiction which won critical acclaim and crime fiction. She has also written for the BBC and Radio Four.
Gretta has always been an avid reader of crime fiction and decided, in retirement, to turn to crime. She has written seven novels featuring a London based private detective, Tyrone Swift: She has also started a new police-based series featuring DI Siv Drummond, set in the fictional Sussex town of Berminster.
BOOKS BY GRETTA MULROONEY
THE TYRONE SWIFT DETECTIVE SERIES:
THE LADY VANISHED
TWO LOVERS, SIX DEATHS
YOUR LAST LIE
HER LOST SISTER
MURDER IN PEMBROKESHIRE
BOUND BY LIES: THE DETECTIVE TYRONE SWIFT TRILOGY
DETECTIVE TYRONE SWIFT BOOKS 4-6 BOX SET
THE COMPLETE TYRONE SWIFT MYSTERY BOX SET
DETECTIVE INSPECTOR SIV DRUMMOND
THESE LITTLE LIES
NEVER CAME HOME
MURDER IN MALLOW COTTAGE
OUT OF THE BLUE
COMING OF AGE
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