I picked up the book Thicker Than Water by Lexie Conyngham ( received an e-copy from b00k r3vi3ws in exchange for an honest review) because I found the blurb intriguing enough as a thriller. As a die-hard fan of thriller/mystery genre, I expected the book to be of great attraction to me. After receiving the copy, I realised it is the 10th of the series Murray of Letho by the author. Since I haven’t laid my hands to any book of the said series, I primarily found the reading a tad difficult to connect. But, I kept my patience and somehow succeeded, after a few chapters, to see things clearly.
Blurb: When young Walter finds a dead body along with the dead fish in his tutor’s fishpond, he knows he should tell his old master, Charles Murray of Letho. The dead man leaves a pretty wife and child and a broken string quartet, but someone must have profited by his death – could it be the avenger from his past as his widow fears, or is it someone from closer at hand? St. Andrews is once again the setting for a murder mystery and a puzzle that Murray must solve before the murderer strikes again.
Review: With an early nineteenth-century setting, the story starts with Gordon the artist busy with his painting. The simplicity of the situation soon turns into a web of suspense, shock, murder, mystery, realisation and revelation. Though the author has tried to knit the plot, I found it to be flaccid at places. There are situations and incidents and details which could be easily slighted making the plot tighter. But, there are cliffhangers at the end of chapters which help the reader to hold the interest.
The language, honestly, appeared stilted initially. It’s only after going through the first few chapters, it cut ice with me.
Overall, it was not a disappointing read.
Though it belongs to a series, it can be read as a standalone novel.
It can be well regarded just not as a thriller, but a historical mystery. Those who are fond of it, I hope will like it a lot.
From my side, it’s 3/5
About The Author:
Lexie Conyngham has written multiple series in historical crime. Murray of Letho and Hippolyta Napier are two of her series. Thicker than Water is tenth in the series ‘Murray of Letho’ series. The author can be found on her personal website Lexie Conyngham and on Goodreads.