Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Review: A Bed of Scorpions (Sam Clair #2) by Judith Flanders

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1069 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (March 1 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013P2ERBC

Book Description 

 Summer in London-the sun is finally shining, the flowers are in bloom, and life is humming merrily along for book editor Samantha Clair, off to lunch with her old friend, art-dealer Aidan Merriam. Humming merrily until she learns that his partner has just been found dead in their gallery, slumped over his desk with a gun in his hand. Could anything be worse? Oh yes, the police investigation is being led by Inspector Jake Field, who just happens to be Sam's new boyfriend. And Aidan, who just happens to be Sam's ex-boyfriend, wants Sam's help. Finding herself drawn into another investigation, Sam does the only sensible thing and calls her mother. Before long, Sam finds her loyalties stretched to the limit as she herself is threatened.

Armed with nothing more than her trusty weapons of satire, cynicism and a stock of irrelevant information culled from novels, Sam races to find a killer who is determined to find her first in the newest fast-paced, uproarious novel in the critically acclaimed series from New York Times bestselling author Judith Flanders.

About the Author

 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.

My Review

 A Bed of Scorpions is the second Sam Clair mystery by author Judith Flanders. I love Flanders witty writing style. I just love how she portrays main character Sam Clair. I can completely identify with Sam. I love all her observations about the realities of life. For example, it is summer and everyone who is in the office hates the people on vacation or "working from home". And the treat table in the communal office kitchen...if you don't bring back treats from your vacation to share with your co-workers...well people just didn't do it!

A Bed of Scorpions is a delightful witty novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommend.

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