- Title: Bedsit Three: A Tale of Murder, Mystery and Love
- Published: 2015
- Author: Sally Jenkins
- Started: Sunday 4th September 2016
- Finished: Wednesday 14th September 2016
Bedsit Three focuses on the lives of the tenants of Vesey Villa, a collection of bedsits. There is a new tenant in Bedsit Three, Ian, after the old tenants – Ignatius Smith and his girlfriend – suddenly vanish from the town. Ian wants to prove himself as a father to his son, Marcus, and finds solace in his neighbour Sandra, and her daughter Halifax. However, the tenants find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery case when it is revealed that neither Ignatius or his girlfriend have been seen for a very long time…
I found Bedsit Three very engrossing and easy to read, which I think is important for books in the mystery and thriller genres.
The prologue was really well-written; this was a pleasant surprise for me, as I am notorious for skipping the prologue because they never tend to be quite scruffy and don’t add anything to the plot. However, this does not apply to Jenkin’s book!
I felt the plot flowed at a reasonable pace, although some of Sandra’s scenes at college or Ian’s scenes with Jo felt somewhat of a side-track. My favourite parts of Bedsit Three were the first person narration scenes with Ignatius – you could really see inside his head, and understand his mental process. In addition, with a name like Ignatius, it’s immediately clear that he’s going to be a creepy character.
Speaking of names, I didn’t like the names Ignatius or Halifax – I know they were meant to be original and had special meanings, but I still just thought they were very weird – especially in contrast to more mundane character names like Ian.
My only concerns with Bedsit Three are the title and the use of description.
I think the title is too long (Bedsit Three would more than suffice), and at times the description of mundane items or events was far too detailed. For example, something as ordinary as a cup of tea might be described as ‘a warm, ceramic mug of delicious brown tea’, which doesn’t sound very genuine.
All in all, the plot was dramatic, the climax was dramatic and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Star Rating: 4/5 Stars
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Many thanks to Sally Jenkins for sending me her book for free. You can find her website here: sally-jenkins.com
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