The Ghost of Villa Winter Blackthorn Book Tour Wrap Up!

I’m delighted to share a bunch of highlights from the book tour of The Ghost of Villa Winter!

‘I appreciate the amount of work that went into the world-building in this book. Almost Dickensian in its detail, The Ghost of Villa Winter invites the reader to step in deeply into this at-times dire and deadly locale and explore the nooks and crannies with the heroine….Classic Agatha Christie in its bringing together of a group of disparate individuals, many of whom seem suspicious (and perhaps for no other reason than their foreignness to one another), The Ghost of Villa Winter makes use of this device to further explore the geography, as the group tours around the island, seeking insights into one another and commenting on the lore of the land, which involves that sturdy old chestnut, the Nazis….’ The New Mystics

‘… I enjoyed the idea of this story. It was an interesting place to base the story off of, also the characters were all unique…. ‘ Emily Hirst, Books with Raven

‘… The Ghost of Villa Winter is just as effective a murder mystery as its predecessor. Blackthorn once again provides a real strong sense of place throughout the book…. ‘ Julie Sara Porter, Bookworm Reviews

‘… This book is so well written. The author has a knack of drawing you in with her words and this keeps you gripped the whole way through…. ‘ Confessions of a Bookworm

‘… This is my first Isobel Blackthorn book and it will not be my last. Set in idyllic Fuerteventura, this detective thriller packs a punch…. ‘ Chloe Elizabeth McCrea

‘… Mysterious killings…intriguing and interesting characters…gripping unexpected twists and turns…paranormal entities…yep, this book has it all…. ‘ Jenny Dy

‘… I have never read any of Isobel’s work before and I look forward to reading more…. ‘ Karen and her Books

‘… I think the best way to describe Villa Winter is a mix between Cluedo with Death in Paradise… ‘ Kiki Hempell

‘… An engaging murder mystery with a fun plot line, some annoying characters and vividly descriptive scenes…. ‘ Marilyn Goncalves

‘… It’s #4 in the series of Canary Island mysteries that feature Clarissa Wilkinson. The book is complete on its own and it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the earlier ones, this is the only one that I have read…. ‘ Archana Maroo, Narrate a Tale

‘… If you’re looking for a #cozymystery with a slightly #supernaturalstory then you should try this book…. ‘ Angel Hench, Ouroboros

‘… Ha, the fun I had reading this book by Isobel Blackthorn. I am a huge fan of Jessica Fletcher’s Murder She Wrote, and Clarissa Wilkinson’s adventures in The Ghost Of Villa Winter reminded me of her…. ‘ Farshana, Rain’n’ Books

‘… The Ghost of Villa Winter has everything- a modern day Miss Marple ..Murder … mystery… ghosts… history …not to mention a mini tour through the Canary Islands….’ Ceylan Goktalay

‘… I enjoyed this book as it had a really unique setting, a solid mystery, a main character I grew fond of, and a twisty ending…. ‘ Debbie Rozier

‘… As the story builds you start to wonder where it’s going and who the perpetrator could be (I never get it right). I also really liked the setting and now want to go to the Canary Islands… ‘ Emily Patten

‘… This was an entertaining, fast-paced murder mystery and I enjoyed it! The story was a bit slow to start, but I liked how the author took the time to describe the beautiful island and introduce us the characters…. ‘ Elvina Ulrich

Find out more about The Ghost of Villa Winter (Book 4 in the Canary Islands Mysteries Series) here:

#BookReview: Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 2) by James J. Cudney #CreativiaPub

I am delighted to share my review of Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney, a cozy mystery with a professor for a sleuth!


About Broken Heart Attack 

When an extra ticket becomes available to see the dress rehearsal of King Lear, Kellan tags along with Nana D and her buddies.

When one of them dies of an apparent heart attack in the middle of second act, Nana D raises her suspicions and asks Kellan to investigate the death. With family members suddenly in debt and a secret rendezvous between an unlikely pair, Kellan learns that the Paddingtons might not be as clean-cut as everyone thinks.

But can Kellan find the killer, or will he get caught up his own stage fright?

My thoughts on Broken Heart Attack

I have dived straight into the second book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries without reading the first. While it soon became clear I would have benefited from reading the earlier mystery, I was quickly brought up to speed and settled into the story without any difficulty.

Broken Heart Attack has all the elements of a good cozy mystery, including an amateur sleuth who sets out to solve a suspicious death, in this case Gwendolyn Paddington, a family friend dying while watching a dress rehearsal of King Lear. The narrator, professor Kellan Ayrwick, is a satisfyingly flawed protagonist with a full portion of problems, both personal and professional, on his plate. In true cozy style, the reader is drawn into an intimate world filled with loveable, and well-rounded characters. Even chair of the department, Miriam Castle, the “venomous barracuda”, is sympathetically cast.

As Kellan bends to his grandmother Nana D’s wishes and investigates Gwendolyn’s death, he struggles to deal with the complex matter of his own nuclear family. Cudney has given his sleuth a challenging and heartbreaking dilemma. Cudney’s handling of this theme is sensitive and considered.

There is nothing not to love about Broken Heart Attack. Cudney’s writing style is warm, vibrant, edgy and upbeat, the humour leaping off the page in the opening paragraphs. The first person narration is strong, the use of a modern vernacular style appropriate. Broken Heart Attack is a racy read, the reader kept entertained as the plot unfolds, eager to discover the culprit. The novel ends on a cliffhanger, leaving the reader hungry for Book 3. It is a device that does not always work, but in this case it does.


You can find Broken Heart Attack on Amazon