Bells on Her Toes by Diana J. Febry – Review


Title – Bells on Her Toes
Author – Diana J. Febry
Genre –  Mystery
Length –  294 pages (Kindle)
Publication – 1st Sept 2014
My Rating – 5/5


DCI Peter Hatherall is called in to investigate a shooting on the Earl of Ditchburn’s country estate. The Earl’s activities have angered animal rights and environmental groups but subsequent deaths suggest Elmsgrove Racehorse Yard is the target. There is more at stake than a horse race and time is running out for Hatherall to solve the case before the culprit kills again.


I was kindly gifted a copy of the book for review. Mysteries aren’t my usual genre so I wasn’t sure what to expect but the story was great. It has twists and turns that make you doubt your own theories and the author kept me engaged throughout the book

The story starts with a body being found in a barn fire. DCI Hatherall and DI Williams are assigned the case.

They have to put a lot of pieces together to solve this mystery and the pressure is amplified when another body turns up.

Now with the genre in question it would be quite hard to talk about the plot without spoiling it so I’d like to concentrate on a few things that stood out about the book instead

The characters, the plot and the setting come together to make a very good rural detective mystery and the development of the characters was plentiful but also subtle.

When I finished the book I couldn’t help feel that the author must have spent quite a while working on the plot in order to make the discoveries/clues/twists happen at the most appropriate time.

The other thing I liked was the relationships within the book. It made the story a bit more believable for me.. I like characters and events that aren’t perfect.. life just isn’t like that.

I really would love to see DCI Hatherall and DI Williams return. I can imagine this being a very good series of detective books.

If I could say more about the story line without giving anything away I would but honestly I really enjoyed it. The twists near the end were prefect. Nothing felt out of place or rushed.

Again I’d like to point out this is not my usual genre what so ever… I’ve definitely got the taste for mysteries now.

I’ll be adding Diana to my author alerts so I don’t miss any new books and I’m already looking into her back catalogue of books looking for my next book to review

I’m trying to think if I would change anything about this book.. and I can’t think of anything that I didn’t enjoy or that I didn’t think worked. I guess my only real comment to the author would be to please write more..

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