When Cassie Pengear agrees to accompany her landlady and her nephew to a traveling circus, she never imagines she’d end up witnessing a murder. Someone switched blanks with real bullets in Cowboy Nick’s gun and an unsuspecting volunteer is killed. Cassie is determined to help investigate the case, especially since a young witness insists Cowboy Nick is innocent.
I love the book cover and I was drawn to it right away. This is a quick read. The characters are likable and not over the top, as can sometimes be the case in this genre. Although I know this book is part of a series, I would have liked a bit more backstory on Cassie and her circumstances. A brief explanation of how she ended up moving from America and now works as a freelance typist in England would have been appreciated. She obviously had some previous dealings with Inspector Burrows, but there was no mention of how it came about (other than Cassie doing occasional typing work for Scotland Yard). The lack of background certainly wasn’t a story-killer, but it would have been easier for me to connect with Cassie’s character.
The author’s writing is straightforward and simple. Overall, I’d have to say this is a steady, engaging read. It’s currently free, so it’s a good way to get a taste of this author’s writing. I’d read more of her work in the future.
4 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton