Murder for Good Book Review

Murder for Good Book Review

Title: Murder for Good
Author: Veronica Heley
Published: December 3, 2019, Severn House Publishers
No. of Pages: 224
Cover Price: $28.99 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

Murder for Good is the 20th novel in the Ellie Quicke series written by British author, Veronica Heley. This novel reads like a BBC sitcom, and readers will appreciate the humor and cultural differences that are evident in the novel. Ellie, the protagonist, who is a widow but has married Thomas, a retired minister, is worried when her husband starts receiving letters containing checks from people who have died and left him money. He barely remembers or doesn’t know these people and can’t figure out why they would leave him money; Ellie becomes suspicious. Ellie is an interesting character, and is a bit naive as to what is really happening around her, but she is absolutely honest and wants to get to the bottom of things. Thomas is too nice, and has agreed to let a homeless housekeeper, Hetty, stay in their home in their vacant upstairs apartment temporarily, but Hetty is determined to stay longer and insists on “helping” Ellie by cooking meals (she is a horrible cook and Ellie and Thomas suffer from indigestion and other maladies whenever they eat her meals) and cleaning. Ellie puts her foot down and gives Hettie an ultimatum to move out, but Hetty just ignores her and carries on as if nothing has been said. Checks keep coming in, which add to Ellie’s stress, and Thomas ends up in the hospital with an ulcer and other stomach problems.

Even those who haven’t read the previous novels in the series will have fun with this novel. Ellie and Thomas are well-developed characters, and are likeable and seem like real people. The supporting characters, Diana, who is Ellie’s daughter and not likeable at all, and Hetty is a nightmare – one that most of us have known someone like. Susan, Ellie’s previous housekeeper and good friend, along with her new husband are great supporting characters, too. While some of the scenarios aren’t all that believable, this is fiction, after all, and they make for fun reading. Readers will laugh through this novel as well as sit on the edge of their seats when their favorite characters are put in danger; Ellie and Thomas may not survive this one.

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

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