A Crisis at Clifftops

Author: Rosie Travers
Crime, Thriller & Mystery
“My grandmother had picked the perfect day to get arrested.”
Britain, Isle of Wight, Present
Eliza Kane, a golfing star looking down the barrel of early retirement, heads back to the Isle of Wight to prove her grandmother’s innocence. A simple task she thought, but her grandmother’s past is darker than Eliza could ever have guessed.

“My grandmother had picked the perfect day to get arrested.” What a first line! I couldn’t help but keep reading after that hook! As a well-seasoned sleuther in the cosy mystery genre, I was on the hunt for a book that promised more than just cupcakes and cuteness and hit the jackpot with this intriguing mystery. As a frequent visitor to the Isle of Wight (my partner is a true-blooded Islander), I was immediately drawn into the setting which felt very true to life and reflected Island life so well it really was like visiting it in book form. The cherry on the cake for me was how well the mystery utilises the Island landscape and history beautifully in a fascinating twisty plot.

Eliza’s character starts off the story at what looks like will be a sudden and sad end to her golfing career. It’s the kind of character problem that draws you straight in and lends you the empathy to stick with them as they figure out their new life. Eliza’s grandmother also shares a viewpoint in the book, telling the story of her darker past in parallel to Eliza’s investigations, keeping the reader’s curiosity as to the mystery burning throughout the book.

The themes through the book reflect Eliza’s key theme of finding herself after the world rocking realisation that she may never play golf professionally again. Her theme is reflected back at her by her big sister who seems so sure of her place in the world and by the romantic love interest who is also finding his way after a messy breakup and toxic relationship but has taken a few wrong turns along the way.

I spotted this book through bookstagram on a hunt for a good cosy mystery, and as I was heading on over to the Isle of Wight it was a serendipitous moment! A gripping mystery, some great red herrings, a rekindled flame, family drama, and a dilapidated golf hotel, this cosy mystery has it all. Perfect for if you’re the kind of mystery reader who likes piecing the puzzle together as you go, I loved this gem of a cosy mystery, I hope you do too, happy Book Hunting!

You’ve heard enough about how much I liked this book, but is it the book you’re hunting for?

  1. Do you love a cosy mystery in a stunning and realistic setting?
  2. Are you in the mood for an intriguing puzzle with clues abound to piece together?
  3. Do you enjoy a conspiracy mystery?

If you answered yes, yES, YES! Then this might well be your next favourite read!

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