"Suicide in Suffolk" By D. Ayres: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Sarah Erwin

 Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Suicide in Suffolk is D. Ayres' debut mystery and features funeral director Cecil Whitford and police constable Keeley Cooper.

The story is set in the town of Lowestoft, Suffolk England. Cecil believes a body brought into his funeral home is actually a victim of murder instead of a suicide. In a somewhat unusual but certainly attention getting way, he brings his findings to the local police. The local sergeant dismisses Cecil’s findings, but new police constable Keeley can’t seem to shake the feeling that something is amiss. And then there are more deaths meant to look like suicides, but are they really? Cecil and Keeley doggedly search for the truth, uncovering clues and unraveling secrets.

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I was pulled into this story immediately as it wastes no time introducing readers to the mystery and the pace keeps up throughout. The short chapters flew by as the mystery unfolded. This does not feel like a 315-page book! One minute I thought I had the murderer figured out and the next I was suspecting someone else.

Suicide in Suffolk has cozy elements, but I would describe it more as a police procedural because the focus is squarely on the intense investigation. It balances cozy scenes with a few darker ones, but don’t let this scare you. Those more descriptive, intense scenes are written with great care. I very much enjoyed getting to see the investigation from both Keeley’s perspective as well as Cecil’s.

Cecil is an excellent sleuth and one I’d love to get to know even more. He’s strong in character and his backstory feels like a powerful one with his many awards for serving his country. I love that I had one assumption about him when the novel opened, but that changed the more the story unfolded.

Readers who enjoy fast-paced mysteries set in small English towns, should give this debut a try.

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Sarah Erwin started her career as a children’s librarian, later becoming a public library director and now she’s a stay at home mom. While her career might have changed, her love of reading has been a constant since 4th grade and she reads over 200 books a year. Read along with her on her blog Sarah Can’t Stop Reading or on Instagram. Sarah lives in St. Louis, MO with her two kids, her husband and a family dog and cat.

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