Fans of The Desperate Housewives of anywhere will find themselves at home in Nic Winter’s A Season To Kill. In a world of high-society drama full of back-stabbing neighbors and ambushes disguised as dinner parties, Darcy Sinclair stands out. She inhabits the elite circle of the Scottish village of Cedarwood thanks to a generous inheritance from her great-aunt Annabelle yet has no interest in indulging in the social gamesmanship that plagues the neighborhood.
Front Row Seat to a High-Class Murder
When queen bee Elle Bradshaw is murdered, Darcy gets a front-row seat to the murder investigation and the drama that spreads through her acquaintances. Layers of betrayal unfold, and Darcy vacillates between the need to discover the truth and flashbacks to her troubled childhood. As Darcy gets closer to the truth, Elle’s murderer is motivated to kill again, and those around her are the likely suspects.
Ms. Winter creates a tantalizing high-class world where every character has secrets worth killing to protect. The reader becomes a fly on the wall at dinner parties in sprawling mansions and luncheons at the club. From this vantage point, one can enjoy veiled threats and public shaming with none of the consequences.
If you ever wished to be part of the ladies-who-lunch set with a closet full of designer bags and Louboutins, this novel may change your mind. How much would you be willing to endure to live the good life? Would it be worth your life?
Like any good mystery, the reader will be suspicious of those in Darcy’s life, any of which could be the killer. The motives are many, and opportunity is plentiful in Elle Bradshaw’s death. Only through unraveling many twists and turns do we finally arrive face to face with our murderer. As the author warns, “Know your inner circle…then look a little closer.”
A Season to Kill is a Must-Read
The first book released in the planned Darcy Sinclair novel series, A Season To Kill, has us rooting for Darcy while secretly enjoying the cast of morally corrupt characters in her life. The beauty of our heroine is she could be you, me, or even the author herself. If you follow the author on her social media pages, you may notice a few of Darcy’s quirks are similar to those of Ms. Winter.
For fans of mystery, first-person narration, and a main character to root for, A Season To Kill fits the bill. Add in the bonus of a delightfully dubious supporting cast in the titillating world of the upper class, and you have the perfect combination for a cozy mystery.
About the Writer: Jill Robinson is a wife, mother of two, athlete, speech-language pathologist, and lover of all animals. She loves the outdoors and singing off-key in the car. Writing brings her peace. You can follow Jill on her author blog, Instagram, and Twitter.
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