Book Review: The Hounds of Hellerby Hall, by Colin Garrow

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The Hounds of Hellerby Hall is the first story of Christie McKinnon, a pre-teenaged girl who has a keen eye for detail and a wish to become a published writer. Set just before the start of the 20th century in Edinburgh, this comes with the necessary obstacles. In her determination to be published, Christie gets tangled in an adventure that starts with a bowl of blood and a murder.

The main character, Christie, is very close to my heart. She’s female, a wannabe writer, struggling to get published, and loves a good murder mystery. Her actions and thoughts are very up to speed, a character trait I unfortunately don’t share 🙂 . It is fun to read how she manages adults and about her caring touch for her rough, not so bright, friend Donal.

The setting of the story is very well portrayed by Garrow, with matching dialects of the persons involved. It really makes the characters come alive, although it may be tricky if you’ve never heard the accents. The plot is well planned and you need to keep your wits about to follow. The whole story is very entertaining from beginning to end, with lively characters being added to the murder mystery mayhem along the way.

A good read for teenagers and up. I will certainly be looking out for more adventures of Christie McKinnon.

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