In this new realm of reviewing books, I have to constantly remind myself that I’m not going to love every book I read, be it from the library, a second hand book store, ARCs for review from NetGalley, or directly from the authors themselves.
I received A DEADLY DECEPTION as an arc for review from NetGalley. This did not affect my review.
A DEADLY DECEPTION by Tessa Harris begins its action straight away, pulling the reader directly into Constance’s world. Ms. Harris’ novel, historical and mystery and thriller combined, follows Constance Piper as she navigates her reality in a time when Jack the Ripper terrorized England in the 1880s. This is the third installment of The Constance Piper Mystery Series, beginning with THE ANGEL MAKERS.
Through two perspectives the story is told. First, through Constance, flower seller by day, paranormal investigator by night. Secondly, through Miss Emily, whose identity I shall keep hidden (unless, of course, you’ve already read THE SIXTH VICTIM). As I was unaware of the connection, it came as a pleasant surprise, and she plays quite an important role. Constance can’t keep away from the new investigation; her intuition is too strong and her connection to the victim fuels her motivation. All in all, as I attempt to write a spoiler-free review, the clues and details drew me in from the very beginning.
With vivid description and well researched specifics, A DEADLY DECEPTION proves itself to be a unique dive into a tumultuous time in British history. Tessa Harris is well practiced with her words and, while not everyone will appreciate this version of a familiar and heavily studied subject, I found it refreshing and invigorating. If you enjoy a story that crosses several genres, then I’d recommend this latest from Tessa Harris.
RATING: FOUR out of FIVE stars
I give it this rating due to the fact that I have yet to read the first two books in the series. Constance is already an established character, so I missed out on the early stages of her growth by jumping into the series with Book Three.
A DEADLY DECEPTION releases on August 27th.