I’m so pleased to be part of the blog tour for The Body at Carnival Bridge by Michelle Salterr- historical murder mystery.
It’s 1922 , and after spending a year travelling through Europe, Iris Woodmore returns home to find a changed Walden. Wealthy businesswoman Constance Timpson has introduced equal pay in her factories and allows women to retain their jobs after they marry.
But these radical new working practices have made her deadly enemies.
A mysterious sniper fires a single shot at Constance – is it a warning, or did they shoot to kill? When one of her female employees is murdered, it’s clear the threat is all too real – and it’s not just Constance in danger.
As amateur sleuth Iris investigates, she realises the sniper isn’t the only hidden enemy preying on women.
I was so excited to read the third book in the Iris Woodmore historical murder mysteries and The Body at Carnival Bridge by Michelle Salter lived up to my expectations.Read more: The Body at Carnival Bridge by Michelle Salter- Blog Tour/Book review
I received a copy of this book for a free and unbiased opinion.
I’ve become more invested in Iris’s complicated personal life ( family, professional and love life) over the course of the last three books. Iris has returned to Walden following her scandalous trip away with George and now has the reputation of a fallen woman. A big thing in 1922 England, despite the efforts of the suffragette movement and the hard work women had to take on in World War 1. I love how Iris is a reluctant and conflicted feminist.
I enjoyed the diverse range of characters including the romantic and realistic description of romantic relationships between older people and not just the complicated love lives of the young.
Although this is a murder mystery, I found the underlying historical and societal context more fascinating. As with the author’s other books, the issues described in the book such as equal pay for women, the right to access safe, effective contraception and equal opportunities in the workplace are still relevant today.
Despite this, the underlying murder is suitably complex with plenty of motives and suspects for Iris to wade through along with her friends Percy, Constance and Ben.
Perfect for Fans of
Murder at Waldenmere Lake ( review here) and Death at Crookham Hall ( review here) by Michelle Salter.