Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for A MATTER OF LOVE AND DEATH by Caron Albright
I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Caron Albright who gifted me an early copy of A MATTER OF LOVE AND DEATH. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
Adelaide, 1931. Telephone switchboard operator Frances’ life is difficult as sole provider for her mother and adopted uncle. But it’s thrown into turmoil when she overhears a suspicious conversation on the phone, planning a murder.
If a life is at risk, she should tell the police; but that would mean breaking her confidentiality clause and would cost her the job. And practical Frances, not prone to flights of fancy, soon begins to doubt the evidence of her own ears – it was a very bad line, after all…
She decides to put it behind her, a task helped by the arrival of their new lodger, Phil. Phil takes her to a night club, where she meets charming but slightly dangerous club owner Jack. Jack’s no angel – prohibition is in force, and what’s a nightclub without champagne? But he’s a good man, and when Frances’ earlier fears resurface she knows that he’s the person to confide in.
Frances and Jack’s hunt for the truth puts them in grave danger, and soon enough Frances will learn that some things are a matter of love and death…
So, you want to know what I think?
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. The blurb makes it sound like a historical murder investigation but I don’t feel this is correct. To me it is more of a love story with a suspected murder thrown in, almost as if the author couldn’t decide. I definitely feel a lot more could have been done with the murder part of the story. It felt more like it was a side part of the story and not the main story like the blurb paints it to be.
That being said there are lots of things I did like about this story. The characters were all very likeable although our main girl, Frances, does come across as naïve, it didn’t make me like her any less. There are characters who could have had a lot more involvement in the story and parts of the story could have been elaborated on. It was a good way to introduce our main characters to each other.
It was interesting to read about 1930s Australia and to hear about how people really struggled, but there was a huge community feel. We see both Frances’s best friend and her mum both get into financial strife due to trying to help out family and neighbours. I really liked how Frances was quite selfless, she was constantly working to make sure her mum and uncle had a nice home to live in. She gives up her spare time to help out cleaning the house and cooking so her mum gets a break. The way everyone worked together and helped each other really struck a chord with me.
The book was very easy to read, I managed to get through it in just 3 days. I lost myself within the pages and it got me engrossed each time I picked it up. I think fans of the Bronze Horseman would enjoy this book. It also reminded me a little of Miss Fisher’s murder mysteries.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for an easy read that isn’t the normal romance boy meets girl kind of story.
About CARON ALBRIGHT;
Caron Albright fell in love with books as soon as she could read and never grew out of it. With one foot firmly planted in Fictionland ever since, she is moving from one adventure to the next (strictly on the paper of course).
She loves capers with feisty heroines, dashing heroes with a dangerous edge and thrilling locations and would gladly explore the world for the sake of research – preferably while tap-dancing, with a champagne glass in her hand.
Instead she spends her time in front of her keyboard, sipping herbal tea.
When she feels the need for a change, she switches to coffee and writing crime novels under the name Carmen Radtke.