This is a quirky dark murder mystery with a couple of great twists at the end. Far from being a rural utopia Cedardale Court turns out to harbour more than it's fair share of fiends. While the tale that unravels is faintly disturbing there are glimmers of humour to be found, mostly at the expense of Canner and the absurd situation he has found himself in. Out of the frying pan into the fire sprang to mind! I appreciated the way the author wove together several strands of the plot and found the style fluid with some great turns of phrase.
While Canner comes across as almost bumbling, the way he cares for Chloe is endearing, and I found her a sassy young girl who is old beyond her years and a real match of wits for her father. Even some of the characters who probably shouldn't have been likable were, because of the way their stories were presented. The author has created strong characters who pack a real punch (in some cases literally)
This book has a few grim moments but will probably appeal to readers who appreciate a bit of black humour served up with their murder mysteries.
Format: Kindle, review copy
My Rating: 3*