Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for Blind Pool by Vicki Goldie, which is available now (links below).
About the book
In 1923 flush with the success of their last sleuthing escapade Major Alasdair Charters, a blind WW1 veteran, and former intelligence officer and his aristocrat wife The Honourable Melissa, accept an invitation to a country house party on Somerset Levels in Winter. There they find a dysfunctional family all living in a huge old house on a hill. Overnight the storm brings with it the floodwaters and the house becomes surrounded and cut off from rescue just as a murderer begins to stalk the residents.
An exciting murder mystery in the Golden Age tradition. Will our sleuths discover hidden secrets and unmask the murderer before anyone else is killed?
Blind Pool is a cosy murder mystery in the Golden Age-style with all the classic tropes I enjoy – an old country house cut off by the elements, a cast of suspicious (and here largely unpleasant) characters, a murderer picking them off one by one – and an interesting new dynamic, in the fact that Alasdair is blind. He can bring a different perspective to his and Melissa’s crime-solving. Vicki Goldie gives great insights into the adjustments Alasdair has had to make to his life, how he feels people perceive him and how he manages on a daily basis.
The story is a quick read with short chapters and moves along briskly, introducing the charming lead characters, their situation and the members of the dysfunctional house party. I did find some of the writing a little stiff, and there’s a lot of telling and not showing, and re-stating Melissa and Alasdair’s immediate thoughts about events or their fellow houseguests, so to start with I didn’t find it easy to lose myself in the narrative and let the story wash over me.
By the time the first murder occurred, I had settled in to the book and I really liked the no-nonsense character of Nurse Foote. The house and its contents are evocatively described, as is the dramatic weather and rising flood water, which adds an additional layer of jeopardy. The mystery is sound and the investigation logical, with twists and turns and a satisfying conclusion.
Thank you to the publisher for my copy of the book and to Random Things Tours for my spot on the tour.
About the author
Vicki lives in Poole Dorset with her blind physiotherapist husband. She has a lifelong fascination with the Art Deco period and with books of the Golden Age of Crime. This led her to envision a series featuring a blind detective set in the 1920s. Blind Pool is the second in the series. She is a co-pioneer for a reading charity Read Easy Bournemouth and volunteers at The Russell Cotes Museum in Bournemouth. She is currently writing book three in the series Blind Haven set in Bournemouth.
About the Blog Tour
Please check out the rest of the great posts on the tour for Blind Pool: