The Appeal by Janice Hallett

This is a cosy mystery with a difference – a modern epistolary with a murderous twist! Set in the little town of Lockford, an amateur dramatics society, The Fairway Players, are in the midst of putting on a performance of All My Sons, which is not going smoothly; running alongside this, a heart-wrenching, but questionable, charity appeal for an ill little girl called Poppy. Tragically, a murder has occured, but when we begin, the reader does not know who is dead or why it happened. From the blurb:

‘Roderick Tanner QC has assigned law students, Charlotte and Femi, to the case. Someone has already been sent to prison for murder, but he suspects that they are innocent. And far darker secrets have yet to be revealed…the murderer is in plain sight!’

Charlotte and Femi need to sift through the information, distinguish the truth from the lies, find the clues and avoid the red herrings. However, Tanner hadn’t just assigned the case to them, I felt like he had also assigned it to me! In a flash, I immersed myself into the world of The Fairway Players. Trying to stay impartial and look for the facts, I got cracking on solving the case.

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