Aussie Author Challenge Book Reviews

Book Review: Murder in Devon

…by Maggi Andersen.

Casey Rowan is an expat American and a magazine reporter living in England. She wakes up one morning to find one of her best friends, Don Broughton murdered and her other best friend, Tessa Broughton severely injured. And Casey didn’t hear a thing despite being in the same house that night. While Casey is determined to bring justice to Don, she is still considered a suspect. Not only does she have to deal with the lead detective on the case, Rod Carlisle, she may also be developing feelings for him. At the same time, the closer she gets to the truth, the more in danger she is. Set in the English backdrop, with connections to art and history, this mystery takes you on a ride.

Who killed Don Broughton?

Was he going to incriminate someone in his autobiography — the manuscript of which has gone missing on his death?

Is Casey going to get hurt in her quest for the truth?

And what else is she going to learn about herself? 

To know all this and more, you have to read the book.

This is my first book by the author and while a mystery-romance genre is not one I usually read, the mystery was good enough to keep me interested. It kept me guessing and while I had suspects, the motives were next to nothing. Personally, I could do without the romance aspect of things. I liked Casey’s character but wasn’t too fond of Rod’s character. Plus there was something about the romance that seemed a bit unbelieveable. The one other small thing I had a gripe with was possibly the location of the book. Given that the author is Australian, I expected the setting to be Australia but instead had to deal with an English setting. Again, it’s probably just a personal thing and not one that spoilt the story in any way. I thought the mystery was well thought of and quite intricate with historical aspects in it.

All in all, it’s a decent read if you like the romantic-mystery with a bit of history genre.

My rating:

***This has been reviewed as part of a virtual author book tour based on a copy of the book provided by the author. Click on the link to read other reviews and giveaways by other bloggers. It has also been reviewed as part of the Aussie Author Challenge 2012***

Until next time,


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  • Teddy Rose
    13 May 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks so much for taking part in the tour. I’m glad you enjoyed the book.

    • Psych Babbler™
      15 May 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks for the opportunity Teddy! Enjoyed the whole process! 😀