|Title||:||This is the House|
|Number of Pages||:||192 Pages|
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This is the House Reviews
Julia Jacques has been paralyzed for 5 years. She can't walk, can't move, her speech is more babbles than anything else. Still young, it's a surprise when she is found dead in her bed.But then her son, Raoul, is found brutally murdered. Quentin Seal is a writer of crime novels. Seeing himself as a detective, he takes it upon himself to solve the crime.But what he finds is something much more sinister.Was Julia murdered? Why was her son murdered? Who had motive? Who had opportunity?So many lies and secrets, Quentin must decide the truth, find the killer, before the killer finds him.First published in 1945, the reader will find no forensics to speak of, no fingerprint technology or DNA analysis. There are no cell phones or pagers, no camera phones to document the crime. What you do find is some good old fashioned detective work.Quentin, as a self-proclaimed detective, is a solid character. The story is a good mystery ...just hard to get used to without all the modern conveniences of solving a crime.Many thanks to Endeavour Press and Netgalley. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
This is the house by Shelley Smith is a mystery and thriller and general fiction (adukt) read. Julia Jacques has been paralysed for five years… Confined to her bed in the house built by her husband, she is a threat to no one.So it comes as a shock to everyone when she is found dead. Not daring to believe that her death was malicious, Julia is buried and the family attempt to move on. Until tragedy strikes again when Julia’s son Raoul is viciously murdered.This was a good read with good characters. Little slow in places. 4*. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book from netgalley.
I would like to thank NetGalley as well as the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.(view spoiler)[When I decided to read this, I didn't realize it was written in the early 1940's. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Nothing like trying to solve a murder or two without the aid of forensics, just by using good old-fashioned clue gathering and puzzle solving.On Apostle Island, Julia Jacques has been paralyzed for 5 years by a stroke. She can babble a bit and only those close to her can understand her. Quentin Seal, an author of detective novels, finds her dead in her bed on his first visit to the Jacques home. Did Julia die of natural causes or something more sinister? A few weeks later, Raoul, the 18 year old son of Julia & Mr. Jacques is found murdered in a beach-hut not far from the home.Mr. Jacques eagerly enlists Mr. Seal to help solve the crime. Quentin agrees, albeit reluctantly due to the fact he writes only fiction and has no professional training in such matters. Soon, Quentin starts interviewing suspects and piecing things together with the help of the island's policeman, Napolean Orage. There are so many suspects in the case. Could it be Hattie Brown (Julia's sister), Miss Whitaker (Hattie's assistant), Mr. Foley, Mrs. Foley or Boris Borodin (a beachcomber)??I wasn't able to figure out "whodunit" until it was revealed by Mr. Seal. I will say if the reader can get to the halfway mark in the book, it picks up and goes quickly afterwards.(hide spoiler)]
I would like to begin by saying that this book left me confused. When I began reading it, I was so bored that I was thinking I made a bad decision by starting reading it. Once I got to Raoul’s murder, that’s when I started changing my mind to the positive side. The whole book is written in very interesting manner. It has this mixture of ” French meets English “ style. The language used in the book is very refined, sophisticated but at the same time not difficult to read. It seems like the story was happening in old times but at the same time it felt really modern. The characters in this book were really interesting and had personalities. All of them were really mysterious, it seemed that every each of them has a secret which they were trying to hide. The main character, Mr. Seal, feels like Sherlock Holmes in French environment to me, which is quite entertaining and amusing. What I really liked about the book was twists and turns. There were things constantly happening and it wasn’t dragged uselessly. It has a good ending which leaves you satisfied with how the story turned out. Even though the beginning of the book wasn’t quite interesting and went slow for me, it is quite good book, which takes you in as you continue reading it. And if you love crime, black magic, and romance in the same place, give it a try and you might be pleasantly surprised.
4 StarsI did not realize when I picked this book that it was written in 1945. No matter though, it added to the charm of the book. Without the modern day advances of forensic data and slick detectives to depend on, the story was just an old fashioned who dunnit. A beautiful woman is trapped in her own nightmare –unable to move or speak. A detective novelist, Quentin Seal, happens upon her one day while visiting the house and finds her dead. I found Quentin Seal to be a likeable fellow. He is smart and very quick to notice the inconsistencies in the death scene. At the coroner’s inquest, the family and the hired help are quick to duck the blame for anything they might or might not have done. What follows is Mr. Seal’s attempt to discover just who did murder the woman. As another murder follows, the pressure mounts.This story is well written and plotted. I will look into more of Ms. Smith’s books.I want to thank Netgalley and Endeavour Press for allowing me to read this novel.