When I met Heloise Chancey in She Be Damned I fell in love – but I fell in love with her even more in A Necessary Murder. Heloise was even more fierce in the second of her mystery books & the plot she participated in was full of even more suspense than the first. I’m obsessed with this series & cannot wait for the next book.
I was sent this book by Legend Press in return for an honest review.
This book contains scenes of a sexual nature, discussions of murder & extreme violence, as well as characters prejudice against those of Asian descent
If you’d like to read my review of the prequel to
A Necessary Murder you can find it here.
This morning I told M. J. Tjia that I’m Heloise Chancey’s biggest fan – M. J. even made it official, so expect a lot of positivity from this review… because, to be honest, this series is bloody amazing. I’m not usually a mystery kinda’ gal, & I don’t read a lot of suspense or thriller books, but due to the historical settings & Heloise’s fierce character it was easy for me to fall in love with the premise of this series.
In the second instalment of Heloise’s on-the-side detective work we’re first introduced to murder on Heloise’s own back-step… as more people die & more questions present themselves, it’s impossible not to get addicted to this mystery. If She Be Damned was packed full of red herrings & surprise twists, then A Necessary Murder was overflowing with them; I genuinely had no idea where this story would end & when small details were revealed (wait until you get to the last murder) I was left in genuine shock. Add in Heloise’s personal affairs, her maid’s past coming to haunt her, & the general hubbub of 1863 England & one becomes totally enthralled.
As with She Be Damned, Heloise is sent into an undercover position to see what she can find out about the murders that are being committed – but this time Heloise is put into an environment she’s not very familiar with. I love being inside Heloise’s head & following her around as she starts to fit small clues together & gets as much gossip out of people as she can – I also love the wit & determination that powers Heloise, & adore that not much phases her. But, whilst following Heloise around we’re also getting small bits of information from Amah, & knowing things that Heloise doesn’t yet know makes the reading much more interesting.
One of my favourite things about this book was learning more about Amah Lee Lin… it was nice to jump between Amah & Heloise again, & as with She Be Damned, I loved how slowly Amah’s secrets are unravelled throughout the story. Although Heloise’s name is on the cover, Amah is just as much a part of the book this time, & the mystery that surrounds her is just as engaging as that which surrounds the murders.
Basically, I bloody loved this book – I’m hoping that was obvious. M. J. Tjia’s writing is so captivating & Heloise’s character totally pulls you in – the historical setting & descriptions build up the pictures in your mind brilliantly, & the mysteries don’t stop coming right up until the final pages. This series is great for people that want to invest in murder mysteries in small doses; at 272 pages A Necessary Murder isn’t so long as to bore you, instead it’s just the right length to keep you interested until the end.
I read this book over the space of three sittings, with most being read in the third, & I loved being able to whizz through it; but I’m also devastated that I now have to wait ages for the next Heloise Chancey Mystery… whilst I wait I’m going to shout about my love for this book to ever book-dragon I meet; that includes you… BUY THIS BOOK.
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