Good morning my loves!
Today is a day I have been looking forward to for several months, maybe even close to a year, and that is the beginning of the blog tour for my lovely friend Alis Hawkins, and the third installment in her Teifi Valley Coroner series, Those Who Know.
As this post goes live, last night will have been the online launch for the book and as of today, the book is available to purchase! I have left some links at the bottom of the review so that you can go and get a copy for yourself.
* Thank you to Dome Press for sending me a gifted copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Title: Those Who Know
Author: Alis Hawkins
Publication date: 24rd September 2020
My rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 4.43
Genre: Crime, historical fiction
Harry Probert-Lloyd has inherited the estate of Glanteifi and appointed his assistant John as under-steward. But his true vocation, to be coroner, is under threat. Against his natural instincts, Harry must campaign if he is to be voted as coroner permanently by the local people and politicking is not his strength.
On the hustings, Harry and John are called to examine the body of Nicholas Rowland, a radical and pioneering schoolteacher whose death may not be the accident it first appeared. What was Rowland’s real relationship with his eccentric patron, Miss Gwatkyn? And why does Harry’s rival for the post of coroner deny knowing him? Harry’s determination to uncover the truth threatens to undermine both his campaign and his future.
If you know me in real life, or have followed me on social media for any period of time, you will know that the Teifi Valley Coroner series is one of the few series that I keep up with, reading the latest installment as soon as it becomes available to me. There are several reasons for this. The first and perhaps the most significant, is that when I read it, it almost feels like coming home. Having grown up in a similar setting, albeit in a very different time, the books hold a kind of nostalgia for me. The second, and this is perhaps as significant as the first point, is that it is like reuniting with friends. Harry and John have ceased to be fictional characters in my mind and now have manifested as friends.
As usual, Those Who Know begins with a death, and from there we follow the dynamic duo Harry and John as they attempt to uncover the circumstances. Now, this would be enough to carry the book on its own, but this is not the only thing Harry and John have to contend with. Harry is running in the election to become coroner – no mean feat, leaving John to undertake a lot of the investigative work solo. While these two events may appear completely separate from each other, they become entangled and it is John who must guide Harry away from making decisions that could not only damage the investigation but also put his position as coroner in jeopardy.
As with all of the books in this series so far, Those Who Know is superbly done. The mystery is gripping without being gratuitous nor far fetched. The characters are wholly formed and complete humans with both strengths and flaws. While this is a historical crime fiction novel, it is not merely that. Those Who Know discusses topics such as politics, education, pornography, the role of women, language and justice, and it does so in a way that is both thoughtful and thrilling.
I really cannot praise this book, and indeed this series, enough. While you do not have to read the books in publication order, I loved the experience of getting to know both Harry and John as they themselves got to know each other.
Those Who Know is available NOW. Go get your copy pronto!
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