A Very Lively Murder (Three Dahlias Mysteries Book 2)
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Posy is having to cope with the legacy of both the previous actresses and trying to make the role her own and I liked the way that this was a struggle for her. A murder mystery with a nod to the golden era, three strong female lead characters and a locked room scenario. I knew I would be in safe hands with Katy Watson and A Very Lively Murder was everything I hoped it would be!
In between filming scenes, signing autographs for locals, photoshoots on set and jetting off to France for an impromptu party, the three Dahlias do what they do best - surreptitiously sleuth.The friendship that has formed despite the initial professional rivalry between the three leads is something that we need more of in not only literature but in life. Rosalind King has previously starred as Dahlia in the original movie series and now, young Posy Starling is taking the character back to the silver screen.
This one is set in a big house in Wales where the filming of the new detective movie featuring 1930s detective Dahlia Lively is taking place. Following on from last year's "The Three Dahlias" (an absolutely outstanding introduction to the world of our three heroines Rosalind, Caro and Posy), the sophomore entry "A Very Lively Murder" picks things up on the set of the new Dahlia Lively film, the events of the previous novel still hanging over proceedings. Ever since reading The Three Dahlias last year I have been eager to read the next instalment in the series.Dahlia Lively is a character in a set of books supposedly written from 1930 onwards and each of the chapters in this book begins with a quotation from one of the novels that has reference to something that will occur in the chapter.
Well plotted and reads quick and i feel you will want to get comfortable and settled as you will be gripped until you have finished the book. The second instalment in Katy Watson's magnificent Three Dahlias series is just as wonderful as the first. I also love the way the plot echoes those classic golden age themes, here the isolated community with secrets. Set in glorious Wales, with a huge and well drawn cast, this beautifully written crime novel is as entertaining as it is twisty. She will have to work with her now ex-husband again on the upcoming Dahlia Lively movie and when she accidentally discovers a secret passage and disappears, she takes this one-of-a-lifetime opportunity to roll out well-deserved justice.With the film in danger of being shut down the three Dahlia’s are forced to take charge to find the murderer and save the film. He escaped and covered up all of the evidence of his wrongdoing, so out of guilt, Brigette picks up the mental of the judge. The relationship between the three leading ladies (The Three Dahlias) is well observed, each bringing their different strengths to the investigation. An avid reader and notebook collector, her dream was to combine the two hobbies by becoming an author and, after spending her teenage years reading paperback Christies on rainy Welsh caravan holidays, it seemed inevitable that one day she'd try writing her own crime novel.
This helped me stay connected to each of the three lead characters and aided the pacing of the story. Katy Watson grew up in North Wales, as part of a family of folk singers, storytellers and murder mystery addicts. The story felt like a delicious puzzle to get stuck into and I found myself getting my notebook out to jot down ideas, very much like one of the characters in the book. The characters were really enjoyable to read, the relationships and dramas which happened throughout. Janice Hallett, author of The Appeal'Celebrates and gently satirises Golden Age crime novels in a hugely entertaining country house mystery' The Times'Dame Agatha would approve' Daily Mail'A wonderful celebration of Golden Age crime.Posy had also registered the presence of Dominic Laugharne, another well-known actor of the old school. Now is the time for Posy Starling to shine as her version of Dahlia Lively takes to the small screen. This is such a good story, as with the previous book, this is a little more intricate than the usual cosy crime. The three actresses of different generations who played the formidable Dahlia Lively are back after teaming up to solve the murders at Aldermere. Especially, because in the last two chapters, they build up Nina as being the perfect suspect with a very valid motive, but then Watson decides that she wants to dabble with twists and throw in one that doesn't make sense, so it's revealed that it was Tristan all along (The charismatic young actor, who is good looking to the level where he even seduces the wife of the Inn owner) And why?