move your blooming corpse book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

This past year I have started reading what people call “cozy mysteries”. These greatly wet my appetite for good mysteries and plots that make me think. Move Your Blooming Corpse brings to mind the writing of Agatha Christie and the filming of Downton Abbey. You take a step back in time and enter Victorian England with horse racing, women suffragettes, and of course, tea time. It was quite a trip but I definitely enjoyed the travel!

The book opens with a horse race but it also includes a man being trampled by a horse in that race and a murder by pitchfork in the stables! There were plenty of people who were not happy with the young woman who got run through but who actually had the guts to follow through on their anger? Henry Higgins, the main character, is good as the older, mature voice of reason. We see the stupidity of his friends through his eyes and his thinking. The young woman who is his sidekick, Eliza, is quite a trip. She is funny, innovative, spunky and just a bit on the ditsy side. The characters were definitely a big pull for me. They are all entertaining and not one-dimensional. They have depth to their personalities that you don’t often see in Edwardian style novels. I guess the time period is just hard to write about v. watch on TV.

I do have to mention that I have not read the first book in the series so I was at a loss when I first started reading Move Your Blooming Corpse. You do find out bits of the past as you read but I would definitely urge you to read them in order–the first book definitely helps to set the stage for this story. There are a few swear words, some of which are slang terms that us Americans don’t use. Overall, though, the book was clean and well written (and D. E. Ireland is actually the pen name for two writers).

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Minotaur Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.