Feather and Claw book review

Feather and claw was gifted to me in exchange for a n honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Book: Feather and Claw 

Author: Susan Handley 

Publication Date: 15th December 2018 

Genre: Mystery/thriller 

Rating: 3 STARS 


They say choice not chance determines human destiny, but on foreign shores not everyone is what they seem and choices can be ill informed.

Mentally and physically exhausted after her last case, Cat McKenzie heads to the sunny shores of Southern Cyprus. When a fellow guest, an American business man, suddenly dies, Cat’s instincts scream foul play. Unable to step out of her skin as a detective, she can’t help but start to dig.

Drawn into a dark world inhabited by arsonists, bird-trappers and a cold-hearted killer, Cat is soon playing a dangerous game; one that has tragic consequences.

To get closer to the truth, Cat must get closer to the killer and allow the killer to get closer to her. But surrounded by strangers, each appearing to be as respectable as the other, she first needs to figure out which of them are feather and which of them are claw.

My Review 

I was really looking forward to this book and was expecting this to be a five star read but unfortunately this one was not for me. 

46% into the book and I still hadn’t seen any thriller aspects. I became very bored and felt like nothing was happening in this story except our main character getting more frustrated with her friend she was on holiday with. 

Although this story was not for me I know for sure that this book would be a good book for people starting out in the mystery/thriller genre. 

About the author 

Susan Handley grew up in the Midlands and despite a love of literature, and crime fiction in particular, she never dreamt of being able to carve out a career as a published writer. But the desire to write never left her and after years of writing by night she has at last been able to share the results of her efforts.

Susan now lives in a small village in rural Kent with her husband and three cats. When she’s not indulging in her love of writing crime fiction she loves walking (the hillier the better), bike riding (the flatter the better) and tending her veggie patch.

Susan has published two novels. A Confusion of Crows is the first to feature DC Cat McKenzie, a one-time marine biologist turned detective. In the second in the series, Feather and Claw, the death of a fellow guest sees Cat put her holiday on hold and turn detective, only with no team to rely on and outside of her jurisdiction, she learns the hard way that trying to outwit a murderer is no game. A third Cat McKenzie mystery is due out in 2020.

Susan has also produced a collection of short stories, called Crime Bites Volume 1. Full of bite-size crime stories there’s bound to be something to suit all tastes. A second volume is due to be published later in 2019.

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