Review: The Haunting of Mount Cod by Nicky Stratton
July 3, 2018
'Lady Laura Boxford lives with her pug, Parker in the retirement complex of Wellworth Lawns, formerly her family home. One day she and her friend Venetia see the ancient actor, Sir Repton Willowby arriving. He’s Venetia’s cousin by marriage and Venetia says he murdered his wife. He lives at the Edwardian pile, Mount Cod and he says he’s being haunted by the ghost of an eighteenth century serving wench called Rosalind. Laura is convinced he’s a charlatan using the ghost as a ruse for finding a new wife. She determines to get to the bottom of the mystery on account of Venetia’s daughter who stands to inherit Mount Cod. But did Sir Repton murder his wife and is the house haunted?'
It has been a while since I have read any form of crime genre. Admittedly it is one I occasionally enjoy but don’t tend to pick up. However, after reading the synopsis for ‘Mount Cod’ I thought it was something I would really enjoy. It was definitely a crime novel, with interesting motives and plot, the big reveal and figuring out what the narrator knows as you read more and more. However it wasn’t scary, and being a bit of a scaredy cat myself, I could relate to the characters.
Laura is a delightful character to read. She has the right amount of energy and ‘homeliness’ to make you feel like you’ve read about her before. She is typical of your usual romance novel main leads, however she has a lot of substance and together her and parker made the novel for me. I would happily read another ‘Laura Boxford Mystery’. Laura was different and fresh but felt familiar, in a good way! Something I really enjoyed was the variety of characters. I hardly read books where older characters are prominent, they don’t seem to be written about very often. And actually it made a change. Set in a care home, it felt like it could be very real and almost like a diary entry or someone’s personal story. You have comedic Cheryl, Venetia who is perhaps slightly too trusting, Laura who is determined and caring and of course the ever eccentric Mr Repton. Again Nicky Stratton has created a sense of familiarity which works so well and creates comfort and enjoyment as a reader. There is also a funny scene on page 270, involving a toenail.
Overall, I enjoyed the ‘Haunting of Mount Cod’. It was a strangely comforting read. The type of book you want to read on an autumn evening with a blanket and a cup of tea. So much so that I will probably read it again around Halloween time. Very light-hearted and often comical the ‘Haunting of Mount Cod’, is most definitely a novel you should consider if you like the crime genre, but if you aren’t into the gory details - basically if you like Agatha Christie and the thriller aspect, as well as a similar writing style, then I think you’ll love this! I can’t wait to read another one of Nicky Strattons’ novels!