Dead Silent by Sharon Jones

Poppy Sinclair and her boyfriend, Michael, visit Cambridge. He has an interview at the university and she is going to see her dad. Except she doesn’t really want to see her dad; what she wants is to be with Michael and move their relationship on. Nothing goes to plan. They haven’t been there long when a gruesome murder is discovered and Poppy discovers that her father is a suspect. Determined to find out the truth, she starts trying to uncover the motive for the murder which she is sure is bound up in one of Trinity College’s secret societies.

An enjoyable murder mystery book with a love story; ideal if you are looking for a detective story, some suspense and a bit of love. The writing style is straightforward, making the book an easy and fun read. The murders are suitably gruesome and bloody for those readers who like a bit of gore, and the odd collection of characters at the university, the secret societies and the undercurrents of dislike that swirl around keep the reader guessing as to the motive. Poppy and Michael’s relationship provides a break from the macabre; both are likeable characters and their relationship is normal and natural. This is the second book in the series, but you do not need to have read the first book to enjoy Dead Silent.

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