Friday, 15 April 2016

Review : The Floating Body

What was your favourite book as a child? I grew up with a love of reading and spent a lot of my school holidays curled up on the sofa at my Grandma and Grandpa's reading The Famous Five books by Enid Blyton. The adventure was captivating and exciting and I've loved mystery and adventure books ever since. 

So when I was offered the chance to review* "The Floating Body" by Kel Richards, I jumped at the chance. 

The Floating Body by Kel Richards  is a thrilling mystery filled with twists and turns. Set in 1935, it follows C. S. “Jack” Lewis as he finds himself embroiled in a police investigation after witnessing what seems to be an impossible murder, where the victim’s body falls from a rooftop … but doesn’t hit the ground until the next day! Although the third book Richards has written featuring C. S. Lewis, this enjoyable and exciting story is easily read as a stand-alone novel. 

I was captivated from the very beginning and the best bit was for the price of one novel there were two mysteries to solve- I totally figured one out one of the mysteries before C.S. Lewis and the police. (Might be worth noting I'm the worst person to watch crime shows with because I like to start solving it within the first 5 minutes!).

It was also a great homage to the amazing author C.S. Lewis and his incredibley clever mind. It made me want to read The Chronicles of Narnia again and some of his essays. Even more exciting, Kel Richards is clearly very clever himself and well read, throughout he references other authors and based his work on the school stories by Charles Hamilton- none of which I have read but now really want to!

If you love mysteries and loved Enid Blyton (or in my case still do) then i cannot recommend this book enough. Did I mention there are three books in the series? 

What was your favourite book as a child?

*Thank you to Marylebone House (SPCK) for sending me a free copy of The Well of the North Wind in exchange for an honest review

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