Good afternoon my loves!
Today I get to share with you my review for the brilliant Strange Tricks by Syd Moore as part of the blog tour. Once you’ve finished reading this post, I’d love for you to check out all of the other brilliant bloggers on the tour. You can find their Twitter handles below and there you’ll find links to their posts.
Thank you so much to Isis Audio for sending me a free copy of this audiobook, so that I could take in tour. Please note that that has not affected my review.
Title: Strange Tricks
Author: Syd Moore
Publication date: 3rd June 2021
My rating: ★★★★☆
Secretly Rosie Strange has always thought herself a little bit more interesting than most people – the legacy her family has bequeathed her is definitely so, she’s long believed. But then life takes a peculiar turn when the Strange legacy turns out not just to be the Essex Witch Museum, but perhaps some otherworldly gifts that Rosie finds difficult to fathom. Meanwhile Sam Stone, Rosie’s curator, is oddly distracted as breadcrumb clues into what happened to his missing younger brother and other abducted boys from the past are poised to lead him and Rosie deep into a dark wood where there lurks something far scarier than Hansel and Gretel’s witch…
Okay, I have to admit at the off, this while I do own several audiobooks from this series, this was my first experience listening to one of Essex Witch Museum Mysteries. Having said that, please do not hesitate to pick this one up immediately. While it is book six in the series, I think it works wonderfully as a standalone.
There is so much to love about this book – the unsettling moments, the shots of pure comedy, and the incredibly relatable characters, are but a few.
Rosie, owner of the Essex Witch Museum, and our protagonist, is someone that, we’re she a real life human, I swear we would get on like a house on fire. She is sharp witted, comedic while also managing to maintain the darker aspects of her character.
If you know me in real life, or in fact on social media, you’ll know that for the past 3 months, I’ve really been struggling to read. I’m not sure why that is – maybe it’s because I’m spending so much time at the gym now? I know, who am I?! But once I pressed play on this audiobook, I had no trouble whatsoever in getting into it.
Both author and narrator are exceptionally skilled and manage to weave a tale that is as compulsive as the summer days are long. The book went by in a flash for me, particularly Celeste’s diary entries, which gave wonderful depth to the story.
The only drawback for me, and honestly, it’s so tiny, was the sexual (is that even the right word here?!) tension between Rosie and Sam. However, I will say that that is more to do with me, and my tastes, that it is in any way to do with the book or plot itself.
All in all a brilliant read, and a series I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to!
Peace and pages