Written by

I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

Comments (30)

  1. dgkaye says:

    Fabulous review of Noelle’s book Olga. I do have this one my Kindle – you know all about that. 🙂 <3

    1. Thanks, Debby. Well, I cheated, because I have a few of her books that had been waiting for a while, but I had read about this book when it was in the making, and it happens to me with series sometimes. I am intrigued by some series and keep hoping I’ll get the time to read all the books and eventually curiosity gets the best out of me and I read a particular book. Sometimes I manage to catch up but not always. I must say I’m not usually disappointed although I always wonder how much I’ve missed… Yes, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one. 🙂

      1. dgkaye says:

        Well you always do an amazing job with your detailed reviews. 🙂

        1. Thanks, Debby. ♥

  2. This is one of Noelle’s I haven’t read, Olga, although I’ve enjoyed her other books. Thanks for the heads-up.x

    1. Thanks, Judith. I’ve read some of your reviews of her series and, judging by this one, I felt they were spot-on. It’s a good combination of cozy with procedural in a great setting and it definitely worked for me. Have a fabulous week.

  3. I generally avoid anything with a ‘Cozy’ reference. In this case, the cover suggests it may have that harder edge, so I am sure it will find many avid readers.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I know what you mean and I feel the same. I’m quickly learning that, as happens with so many things, not all cozy mysteries are created equal. Have a great Tuesday!

  4. Thank you so much Olga, for this wonderful review! I’m delighted you liked Pequod and its characters. It’s why I kept writing after the first book – I’d quite fallen in love with them and didn’t want to say good-bye! And you tagged the book perfectly – a cozy with a harder edge. That came about as a result of feedback from my critique group. Sending hugs your way!

    1. Thanks, Noelle. I’m so pleased I finally got to visit Pequod. I’m not at all surprised you fell in love with the place, and it definitely fits in more with my taste than other cozy mysteries I’ve read. And the next one sounds great as well! Congratulations!

    1. Thanks, Sally. I am not surprised she is a great favourite of so many readers. Thanks for the inclusion in the blogger daily. You’re such a star!

        1. I haven’t been that lucky, although there’s always hope, and that cruise we keep talking about! And hopefully we’ll meet in person too! 😉

  5. A lovely review of this book, Olga. Lovely and detailed. I have finished Pink Matters. Will you be bringing Shapes of Greg out as an audio book?

    1. Thanks, Robbie. Noelle’s is a great book and a fun read. Thanks so much for listening to the audio. The same narrator is working on Shapes of Greg and will be doing Pink, Angel or Demon? afterward (hopefully! We have a contract, anyway). She is a perfectionist and takes her time, but once it is ready it hardly requires any changes, and my priority is the quality of the work. Shapes of Greg is the shorter of the three, so there’s hope it won’t take that long. I will keep you posted on any news. If you fancy e-copies of the other books, or even a paper copy of the whole trilogy, I’m sure I still have some I brought with me from the UK. Just let me know. Thanks again.

      1. Hi Olga, I have already bought the book. I rather enjoyed the narration so was hoping to move onto the next one but I don’t think I can wait that long to find out what happens next.

        1. People tend to enjoy the ending, Robbie. It’s a bit “out there”. I’m pleased to hear you want to know what happens next (the same happened to me!). Thanks again.

  6. I also read Noelle’s Death in a Mudflat and have read two of her earlier mysteries. I agree that her characters are easy to know and become like old friends. Great stories!

    1. You’re right. I’m sure it won’t be the last one of the series I read. Thanks!

      1. And you’re right about the food part – I always feel like snacking when I read Noelle’s books! 🙂

        1. I could do with a friend like hers to cook me some meals as well 😉

          1. Same!

  7. Cozy, clever, and compelling — love Noelle’s work. Thanks for this review, Olga. Hugs to you both.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one. Have a fantastic weekend and love to Crystal.

  8. I tend to steer clear of cozies after a few that underwhelmed me, but this one sounds much stronger than the average. I think I’ll put the first of the series on my TBR to try it out.
    Great in-depth review 🙂

    1. Thanks, Stephanie Jane. These days I examine carefully the description of cozies, unless I’m familiar with the author. I am more of an straight thriller and mystery reader, but this one mixes elements very well. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great week.

Comments are closed.