Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Review: Hour is Come by Victoria Tait

About the Book

Cozy Mystery


Kanga Press

Release Date
March 1, 2022

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A dead husband. A hidden body. Can an inexperienced amateur sleuth save herself and identify a killer in the stroke of time?

Young military widow, Dotty L Sayers, just wants to take life one day at a time, with the help of Banff, her husband’s black Labrador. Seeking financial security, she excitedly accepts a temporary job in a local Cotswold auction house. But she realises she can’t accept everything at face value when she discovers a dead body inside a grandfather clock.

While the police focus on jealousy and blackmail, there’s no time to lose if Dotty is to prove her husband’s ex-wife’s innocence. This determined novice detective unveils her colleagues’ secrets, but when the police ignore her findings, she realises she may be wasting her time.

As the clock ticks, can Dotty convince the police of her suspicions, or is she living on borrowed time?

Hour is Come is the entertaining prequel to the Dotty L Sayers Antique Mystery series. If you like captivating whodunits, believable characters and charming British locations, then you’ll love Victoria Tait’s page-turning tale.

My Review

Dotty Sayers has her hands full.  Her military husband died leaving her to handle her finances on her own.  Dotty isn’t used to handling these things on her own.  It doesn’t help when her husband’s ex-wife wants the money for herself and her children.  

The ex-wife convinces Dotty to sell her furniture to the local auction house.  Much to Dotty’s delight, she’s offered a job at the auction house.  Things don’t go as well as she hoped when she discovers a dead body in a grandfather's clock.  One of the main suspects is her late husband’s ex-wife.  Dotty decides to do a little investigating on her own, but the police aren’t paying any attention to her.

This is a prequel to the Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series.  The prequel is only available through the author’s newsletter.  Although it’s a prequel, it’s 240 pages and a full mystery story.  

I really enjoyed this author’s writing.  The book had the feel of a classic, traditional mystery along the lines of Agatha Christie.  I didn’t figure out “whodunit” and I loved that the author kept me guessing.

I fell in love with Dotty right away, although she can be a bit timid.  I did see signs of character growth and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of it in future books.  This series is off to an excellent start.

Disclosure:  I received this free e-book through the author’s newsletter. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. I like the sound of this! I love the main characters name and can never resist a book involving antiques.


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