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ARC Review – A Cast of Vultures by Judith Flanders

ARC Review – A Cast of Vultures by Judith FlandersA Cast of Vultures: A Mystery (Sam Clair) by Judith Flanders
Published by Minotaur Books on February 21, 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 321
Source: Netgalley

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


There was every possibility that I was dead, and my brain hadn’t got the memo. Or maybe it was that I wished I were dead. On reflection, that was more likely.

Usually clear-headed editor Samantha Clair stumbles through her post-book-party morning with the hangover to end all hangovers. But before the ibuprofen has even kicked in, she finds herself entangled in an elaborate saga of missing neighbors, suspected arson, and strange men offering free tattoos.

By the time the grisly news breaks that the fire has claimed a victim, Sam is already in pursuit. Never has comedy been so deadly as she faces down a pair from Thugs ’R’ Us, aided by nothing more than a Scotland Yard boyfriend, a stalwart Goth assistant, and an unnerving knowledge of London’s best farmer’s markets.

From the acclaimed bestselling author Judith Flanders, A Cast of Vultures continues the sharp-witted series starring book editor and amateur sleuth Samantha Clair.

Sam Clair is back in this second book and finds herself wrapped up in another murder mystery. When her friends neighbor goes missing she is asked to go in his apartment to see if he is there. A few days later he ends up in a burning building dead. It points to Arson and drug dealing. As Sam tries to put the pieces together the obvious conclusion just doesn’t fit. She starts asking questions and this puts her life in danger. Will she get to the truth before someone gets her to her grave?

In ” an Oyster Shell – A little bit dry at times but in the end an interesting mystery.

The Pearls – The setting was interesting to me. It is set in London British novels are coming more popular I think. It works. It makes it interesting for me because it transports me to another place that is unfamiliar to me. The author did a good job making London come alive for me.

This book is Character driven for the most part. There are a lot of characters that make for an interesting story. It’s really interesting the role each character plays in the end. It takes talent to have so many characters and keep them distinguishable.

The mystery was slow coming but when it got going it was really good. The end result of the mystery, I didn’t see coming. I like when a mystery is unpredictable.

The Sand –  The book was really really slow in the beginning it wasn’t until the last quarter of the book did the action get really interesting. When the action came it was non-stop and made up for the slow beginning.

3.5 Pearls

3.5 Stars

About Judith Flanders

Judith Flanders was born in London, England, in 1959. She moved to Montreal, Canada, when she was two, and spent her childhood there, apart from a year in Israel in 1972, where she signally failed to master Hebrew.

After university, Judith returned to London and began working as an editor for various publishing houses. After this 17-year misstep, she began to write and in 2001 her first book, A Circle of Sisters, the biography of four Victorian sisters, was published to great acclaim, and nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. In 2003, The Victorian House (2004 in the USA, as Inside the Victorian Home) received widespread praise, and was shortlisted for the British Book Awards History Book of the Year. In 2006 Consuming Passions, was published. Her most recent book, The Invention of Murder, was published in 2011.

Judith also contributes articles, features and reviews for a number of newspapers and magazines.

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