Posted in Blog tour, contest, Giveaway, mystery on February 12, 2013
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Showstoppers by Helen Smith

Showstoppers is a novella-length story in the Emily Castles mystery series. The first full-length novel, Invitation to Die, will be published by Thomas & Mercer in October 2013.

The Emily Castles mystery series is set in present-day London. It features twenty-six-year-old Londoner Emily Castles and her neighbor, eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel Crowther.

In Showstoppers, Emily helps out at a local stage school run by her neighbor, Victoria. Soon she’s mixed up in a blackmail plot and two deaths. Emily and Dr. Muriel team up to prevent further a massacre live on stage during the end of term show.



This novella is actually the second book in this series.  I liked this story better than the first one, Three Sisters, but both were good.  We learn a little more about Emily and her wacky neighbors…well at least a few of them.  Having just lost her job, Emily almost starts to work for a neighbor at a theater school.  It is under the guise that she will help figure out where these threatening letters are coming from and who is trying to scare Victoria.  I think I almost had it figured out but not until near the end.  I like that it wasn’t blatantly obvious who was behind everything.

Over all I give it 3 1/2 paws.


Praise for the Emily Castles Mystery Series

Fast-paced, funny, and mysterious… Helen Smith is a master story-teller.

~Socrates Book Reviews

It grips you from the very beginning.

~Babs Books Bistro

Bright, colorful and full of surprises.

~Amazon Vine Reviewer

Fast-paced and unusual, I highly recommend this one.

~Eva’s Sanctuary
Praise for Helen Smith

Smith is gin-and-tonic funny.

~The Booklist




Author Helen Smith

Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. She’s the author of bestselling cult novels Alison Wonderland, Being Light and The Miracle Inspector as well as the Emily Castles Mystery Series.


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