Dotty Drinkwater Mysteries – Dianne Ezzard

Dotty Discovers Diamonds, Book Four
Four of five stars given

The girls are off for a week’s holiday at Aunt Jean’s; in part to help cousin Gillian celebrate her 40th.  Things seem just a bit off though, with Rachael thinking she recognises someone, and odd bits of arguments overheard.   It’s shaping up to be an interesting week!  Gillian’s diamonds are stolen.  Her bedroom chandelier falls, narrowly missing Gillian herself.  It’s looking dangerously like Rachel will be blamed for both incidents.

Dotty and Kylie get busy with the investigation, encountering several twists and some turns before discovering who really did it.

Ezzard has penned another fast moving tale, dotted with great characters.   Though I did have an inkling of the direction it would all go, it was entertaining to follow it to the end.  Fourth in the series, Diamonds does well as a standalone and is an enjoyable read.

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Dotty Dishes the Dirt, Novella
Three of five stars given

It doesn’t look good for Rachel’s Nana Mavis when the girls discover bones in the garden.  The intention to give Dotty a start as a gardener by cleaning up Grandad George’s garden, goes awry quickly when they dig up bones.  The police are called of course; but the girls are going to do some investigating of their own as well.

By the time the investigating is done, they’ve unearthed more bones and a very sad tale with its roots going back to the days when Nana Mavis was a young woman.   A good read, and the prequel to a new series; Dotty and her friends are well on their way to many more adventures.

[Many thanks to the author for the opportunity to read a copy of this book.   This is my honest review, the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.]

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