Book Review: 'Death Remembered' by K.E.Coburn.

I have to be honest and say that it takes a special book to keep me turning the page when the word 'Death' is in the title. You will probably have guessed from my previous book reviews that murder, anything scary or gruesome, is not at the top of my reading list. I tend to struggle with those genres of books so when Katie Ginger announced that she would be writing murder mysteries under the pen name K. E. Coburn I was intrigued. ( And super proud!!) 


Summer 1952.

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, but Charity Nicholls is bored of her quiet life in a tiny English village where nothing ever happens. Other than her nagging, marriage-obsessed mother, all she has to fill the time are her dreams of becoming a writer, and the Sleuthing Club – the mystery-reading book club she attends every week.

But everything changes the day her father receives a poison pen letter.

With the help of the Sleuthing Club, particularly handsome Henry Taylor, Charity is determined to find the culprit. But when people start dying and the police arrive, led by the infuriating Inspector James Lawrence, her little village becomes a hotbed of crime.

Can Charity find the murderer before anyone else dies?

My Review

First things first can we just talk about how awesome our leading lady's name is? Charity Nicholls. There is just something about it that makes Charity sound sweet but kick ass, which after reading this book I can tell you that she is both of those things. Every time I read her name in full it made me smile and I really warmed to her within the first chapter. Charity is sweet. She listens to her parents, she looks after the elderly and she does her best to do the duties of a Vicar's daughter but she also has this mischievous, kick butt, urge to go against the grain side to her, which I was one hundred percent rooting for. I loved that she didn't just want to settle and that she had dreams of living in London and wanting to be a writer. I liked that she wanted to fight the norm for what society deemed appropriate for women to do back in 1952. 

Straight off the bat you get a wonderful and cosy village vibe in 'Death Remembered'. I was immediately drawn into 'Harrington Without' and could picture the houses, the shops, the Vicarage and the people of the town. K. E. Coburn does a brilliant job of introducing the many villagers and their unique personalities throughout the story. I was trying to guess from the get go if anyone seemed suspicious or who would be capable of murder but there were some wonderful twists that kept me guessing until the end. 

The book is beautifully written in that I loved getting to be a part of Charity's world, getting to go about her daily life, experience her struggle of wanting to get away, of her wanting to do something bigger. The Sleuthing Club meetings were fun as I love reading about people who enjoy books and hearing people talk about them and as I don't read murder mysteries it was nice to learn about them through the group. The timing of the poison pen letters and the murders keep you hooked and turning the pages while you are also invested in what Charity is going to do with her life and who she is going to let in her life. Yes, there is a lovely romance too that will keep you on your toes but I can't write much more about that because I will be scolding a certain character and swooning over another and I will totally just give it away, but there are some lovely gentlemen that come out of nowhere and are a beautiful pleasant surprise and some men that will have you wanting to high five Charity when she stands up for herself. 

As for the murder (I keep wanting to say that with my fingers drumming together in a Mr Burns like manner, don't ask, I couldn't explain.) reading about them certainly gave me the heebie jeebies but I also had a blast pretending to be Sherlock Holmes. I thought I knew who it was, then I changed my mind a good three times and thoroughly enjoyed it when Charity put all the pieces of the puzzle together. I loved how much of a team effort it became with Henry and Tipps. The banter between the three of them was exciting and you really get to feel like a part of the group and like you're on this adventure with them. 

If you're looking for a cosy mystery with heart, romance, murder (now I'm saying it with the 'ur' drawn out.) and that will keep you guessing and turning the pages in suspense then I highly recommend you pick up a copy of 'Death Remembered' today.  It is a brilliant and awesome cosy mystery debut for K. E. Coburn!! 

Happy reading and happy sleuthing. 


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