I was not compensated for writing this post. I received a copy of Killing at the Carnival to facilitate my review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.
By L.A. Nisula
Summary of Killing at the Carnival
Cassie Pengear thought a visit to the carnival would be fun: see some shows, eat some sweets, help her landlady’s nephew decide if the cowboy was real or an actor. But then the cowboy shot the volunteer, and he didn’t get up. Now Cassie has a ten-year-old boy insisting the cowboy isn’t a killer and a landlady insisting she help solve the killing at the carnival.
In a Victorian England that almost existed, a steampunk London where tinkerers and clockwork devices exist alongside handsome cabs and corsets, murder is still solved by traditional observation and intuition. This is the London where American typist Cassandra Pengear finds herself stumbling over corpses and helping Scotland Yard detectives solve murders (although they inexplicably prefer to call it interfering). Follow her adventures in the Cassie Pengear Mystery series, beginning with The Killing at the Carnival.
My review of Killing at the Carnival
This was a quick, easy read. It’s short and sweet, and to the point — no winding, where-is-this-going storylines that detract from the plot. Killing at the Carnival isn’t terribly deep or intense (you’re not going to get gruesome murder scenes or gory descriptions) and you’re not going to feel drained after reading it. Sure, that’s great with some novels but sometimes you just want to read a book that you can breeze through without feeling creeped out or overwhelmed with gore. This is that book.
The carnival was the perfect setting for a murder mystery, even if it is a tad tame (no freak show here!). And I loved the Cassie Pengear character (not unlike Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher of Murder, She Wrote), which I ate up with a spoon. It’s fun and endearing, and I can definitely see Cassie Pengear as an ongoing series. Time will tell!
You can purchase Killing at the Carnival on Amazon.