πŸ¦… The Unkindness of Ravens by M. E. Hilliard

πŸ” Greer Hogan is a librarian and an avid reader of murder mysteries. She has recently moved from New York and loves the manor that houses the library where she works. At least till she finds her closest friend dead at the bottom of the attic stairs. This murder leads to other mysteries, and Greer investigates, along with a police officer.

β™₯️ I liked:⁠
🏰 The manor/library. As soon as I’ve started reading it, I imagined this incredible library full of nooks and crannies. It reminded me a bit of the one where the film Pagemaster takes place. I really loved it.
πŸ‘» The gloomy atmosphere. I don’t know if it’s because of the cover, or because I started reading it around Halloween, but I really felt that this book was the perfect read for this period of the year. An old haunted manor, a dreadful murder, a character that is haunted by her past… just perfect.
πŸ“š The literary references. As I’ve said more than once, I love books about books, libraries or bookshops. Because I feel an immediate connection to the characters and because I am always looking for new recommendations.
πŸ” The plot. Exactly what you expect from a cosy mystery: a lot of potential suspects, a puzzling (yet solvable) mystery and plenty of intrigues.

πŸ€” I wasn’t so sure about:⁠
πŸ‘© The main character. I liked Greer, but it wasn’t love at first sight. I missed the fact that she didn’t really have connections in the village, she didn’t have a real sidekick. There was also a lack of humanity, a lack of emotions, something to keep you glued to the book till the end.

⭐⭐⭐ 3/5⁠ A cosy mystery with great potential and an incredible gothic setting. ⁠

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