Edinburgh Twilight Book Review

Edinburgh Twilight Book Review

Title: Edinburgh Twilight
Author: Carole Lawrence
Published: September 5, 2017, Thomas & Mercer
No. of Pages: 444
Cover Price: $7.99 Paperback, $1.99 Kindle

Looking for a change from the same-old, same-old thriller books? Carole Lawrence, a noted novelist, poet, composer, and playwright, has created an interesting and likeable character, Ian Hamilton. Hamilton is a new detective who has issues with panic attacks and a few other maladies; he is very confident and meticulous, however, but drives his boss crazy. Edinburgh Twilight is the first book in the series, which takes place just after the turn of the century in Scotland. Hamilton, who lost his parents in a fire, discovers a dead man in Holyrood Park. It is signed off as a suicide, but Hamilton points out evidence that proves the man was strangled. Hating to admit that a new detective discovers and points out that he was wrong, Hamilton’s boss reluctantly gives him permission to find the killer. Hamilton carefully follows the clues, and puts himself and others in danger. In fact, he may not survive to arrest the suspect.

Lawrence is an excellent storyteller. She develops her characters so that they seem real, and while Hamilton is a bit cocky, he is pleasant. He comes from money, has plenty of his own, and wants to be a detective for reasons other than money. His Aunt, who raised him after his parents died, helps somewhat on the case, and he also enlists the help of a librarian; both of these characters, as well as his boss, are believable supporting characters.

Lawrence is also an accomplished writer. The words flow and are easy to read and understand. She has a way of building suspense that makes the novel difficult to put down, and there are plenty of twists and turns leading to a surprise dénouement.

Readers who enjoy historical thrillers will want to pick up Edinburgh Twilight. Hopefully there will be more installments soon to come.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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