A Murder of Crones


...anyone who enjoys good writing should give it a look, but horror, paranormal, fantasy and modern fairytale fans will adore it. For a real treat get this and the Secret Dead and read them back to back....

In A Murder of Crones, SW Fairbrother continues the adventures of Vivia Brisk, her hag hero. This is a sequel to the Secret Dead, but can be read stand-alone as the background is developed within the story.

It is hard to discuss the plot without spoiling the first book, but Vivia is back. This time she has a time limit: only one month to investigate a ninety-year-old murder after the victims demanded it. When it occurred during the blitz and everyone involved is dead, this is going to be hard even for a hag, but she has no choice. If she fails to solve it, she will die – permanently this time. Fortunately as a hag, the fact that the people involved are mostly dead isn’t insurmountable. What she finds is disturbing, intriguing and keeps you hooked to the last page.

Hags, shape-shifters, fairy tales and more: with this book, the series strikes out entirely into its own mythos, and is the stronger for it. It’s an excellent read, tightly plotted and the characters are distinct and vivid. Vivia is intelligent and sympathetic, if understandably a bit sharp on occasion – thirty days is not a long time to have left to live.

This is one for horror, paranormal, dark fantasy readers…actually, anyone who enjoys good writing should give it a look, but horror, paranormal, fantasy and modern fairytale fans will adore it. For a real treat get this and the Secret Dead and read them back to back.

This book was featured in the newspaper column - click for details
Rating: 5
Reviewed by
Reviewed on:
Review Policy: No compensation is received for reviews. View our Review Policy here.


Other reviews you might like:


  • The Secret Dead (London Bones Book 1)
    A book that everyone should read, for the wonderful story, the differing take on the supernatural and a teasing mystery lasting to the very end.
  • Your Blood is a Lovely Colour
    A well written urban fantasy that doesn't pull any punches in the horror that such a monster brings.
  • The Secret Dead (London Bones Book 1)
    Intelligently plotted, well-written, and gripping, I can't recommend this book highly enough. I bought the sequel. Fantasy, Urban Paranormal, or just readers looking for a good story will all find something here.

Discussion

rz3300 (16 October 2016)
This looks like a winner. I am starting to realize that we share a lot of the same interests here, and these horror and mystery stories are really turning out to be quite good. I am only about one tenth of the way through too so I am glad to have another to look at.

New to the site? Leave a comment below or view the chat on our forum here:

You are commenting as a Guest: Login Or Register

Your Message



*Your email will not be displayed on the site. All message are held for moderation.