Book Guild Publishing
Reviewed by Sunnie Gill
When Kathleen Ashley’s husband died leaving a failed business behind,
Kathleen was forced to take work as a live in carer to make ends meet. Her
current job is with the elderly, irascible Cedric. Cedric is very
difficult but Kathleen is fairly happy in her job. She likes the little
village and the people in it.
Kathleen’s orderly world is thrown into turmoil when she receives an
anonymous poison pen letter accusing her of immorality with her employer.
She reports it to the police who go through the motions until they
discover that a murder victim some months earlier had a similar letter in
Sergeant Awders and Inspector Brent discover that there are a number of
murders over a fifteen year period that could be connected. As they begin
to question the people of the village, they uncover the gossip and
jealousies beneath the surface.
Reading THE WATCHER IN THE WOOD is like watching a one hour mystery on TV.
The setting is a place with a finite number of suspects; in this case a
small village. We are introduced to the characters and then one or more of
them are murdered. Enter the police who question everyone and solve the
THE WATCHER IN THE WOOD is a puzzle piece. At just 138 pages the reader
isn’t really given the opportunity to fully engage with any of the
characters. I guessed the identity of the killer before the author chose
to share it with me. The book is written well enough, but I felt it lacked
substance. It does the job of a light read for the holidays but nothing
Dec 2008 review originally posted at Murder and Mayhem
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