A Routine Infidelity by Elizabeth Coleman is a crime, murder mystery thriller with a side love interest, guilt, grief and complicated family relationships.
Edwina “Ted” Bristol is a private investigator. She longs for her business Edwina Bristol Investigations (EBI) to be famous.
Ted’s side kick is Miss Marple, her beloved miniature schnauzer. Her main income comes from her surveillance of cheating spouses and finding lost dogs. Her apartment and office are both in the inner suburbs of Melbourne.
The first client we meet is Chantel Considine who is a spiritual medium and Ted’s neighbour. Ted is convinced Chantel is a fraud and benefiting from the recently bereaved, as surely a medium would know if their husband was cheating and wouldn’t need to pay Ted for her services!
While investigating a cheating spouse, Ted stumbles across a plot to embezzle millions. Could this be the case to make her famous? So far it just has put her in danger and one of her surveillance suspects is murdered.
Then, there’s Ted’s sister Roberta “Bob” who has met a man on the internet. When Ted finds out she has sent him money, solving this catfishing scam becomes a high priority.
Ted has a strained relationship with her dad and her seven older brothers and her older sister due to a childhood trauma at age four. The truth about that day is a secret that she has kept buried for thirty years.
Ted is also passionate about her hobby, a medieval battle game of Swordcraft. Her battle opponent is a homicide detective, and there seems to be much more than just the sparks from their swordsflying in the air.
This is a great book to read. It is fun and entertaining, but also serious at times. I found it most enjoyable and loved the twist at the end.
The characters are fabulous, especially Miss Marple. They all intertwine together beautifully. There is suspense on many fronts which keeps you reading, it is actually hard to put the book down.
Elizabeth Coleman is the successful screen writer who wrote for the TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
I can’t wait for the next Ted Bristol Murder Mystery.
Thankyou to Pantara Press and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this fantastic story.
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