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ARC Book Review and Blog Tour: ‘The Death of Me’ by M.J Tjia

Title: The Death of Me

Author: M.J.Tjia

Length: 232 pages

Publisher: Legend Press

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

I was thrilled to be asked to take part in the Blog Tour for the new book from Legend Press.

Clues to an elaborate assassination plot are intercepted in Paris and the authorities believe the assassin’s lair lies in Soho, London. Heloise Chancey, courtesan and professional detective, must go undercover to spy upon the nest of suspects and end their murderous conspiracy. Meanwhile, her Chinese maid, Amah Li Leen finds herself trapped in a deadly game of deceit and madness. Will she be able to escape before time runs out. Danger keeps Heloise close company as she hunts evil down to its devilish source.

This is the third novel in the ‘Heloise Chancey Mystery’ series, an award-winning crime series, with the previous two being released by Legend Press in 2017 and 2018. I have to be honest and say I haven’t read the first two so I was little trepidatious about starting this book, but I was pleasantly surprised.

I don’t read a lot of mystery as it’s not my preferred genre but it didn’t take me long to get into this book at all. I found my myself almost instantly intrigued. Once Heloise becomes involved in figuring out who’s behind the upcoming assassination attempt the book really took off. It had me guessing all the way through and I couldn’t figure it out. And it was a good ending to, I didn’t see it coming and I liked it. When you can’t figure it out, you’re desperate to know and you’re still surprised, that to me is the sign of a good book.

There’s also the subplot (secondary plot?) of Amah who is kidnapped and eventually to be held for ransom. This was also really intriguing and was a nice break from the main story. I wasn’t sure how this story was going to end but I have to say it was a little weak. The ending just made it all seem a bit pointless.

What was best for me about this novel was the character of Heloise herself. I just really liked her. She was strong, clever and funny. I liked the fact that she was willing to get involved and was on the side of right. She was the standout thing that shone in this novel. With it being set in 1864, aside from the fact that it adds more mystery and atmosphere to the novel, it’s also makes the fact that Heloise is a independent, sexual character even more compelling.

I would recommend this book, if you enjoy historical fiction crime books. Or a book with a mystery that doesn’t disappoint. Also, like me you can start with this book and not feeling like your missing a part of the story which is always a bonus.

Thank you to Legend Press for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review.

Until the next review,

JTH

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