Title: Dead Stock by Rachel Ward
Release: 15th November 2018
Synopsis: New Year dawns and something is rotten in Kingsleigh. With a body on the bypass and pet cats going missing, supermarket sleuths Ant and Bea have a new case. But juggling problems at work and home takes its toll – and as they near the truth, more than one secret is going to come out.
The brilliant second installment of the Ant & Bea Mysteries is filled with cats, mystery and murder – what more could you need?
I absolutely adore this series. Honestly I could write a 3000 word essay on just how much I love reading about Ant and Bea. The writing is once again brilliantly done. It is captivating, and the interactions between each character feels so casual and real. The setting of Costsave is genius, and for this particular story, it worked perfectly.
I loved the development of Bea and Ant’s relationship, and how they have both dealt with the events of the previous book. They both feel like such raw honest characters, and I was completely invested in their lives.
In particular I love how Ant’s story has developed, and the situation with his family was extremely well done. I felt so sad for what he had to go through, and I think it worked well to contrast the investigation into the cat murders. It brought a real, heartbreaking element to the story.
There aren’t words to describe how much I love the characters in this series, and all I can say is that Queenie takes after her name. She is in fact an absolute Queen in this book, and the way she is written is really a stand out testament to Rachel Ward.
There is so much mystery, and so many different aspects to the book that work so well together. I was baffled by the missing cats, the death of the person on the bridge, and everything else happening around it.
I couldn’t help but read it as fast as I could because I was so desperate to know what happened next, and let me tell you, the ending was outstanding.
This series is the crime series you’ve been looking for. It’s not nitty gritty, it’s not over dramatised, it’s real, it’s fun, and it’s a breath of fresh air for the genre.
What a wonderful sequel, I can’t wait to read more about Ant and Bea in the future. Rachel, you are amazing.
*NOTE: I was sent this book in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*
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