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⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2
Thank you, Goodreads FirstReads, for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

They’d be a group one would never suspect : three senior 70+ ladies. Daphne, Grace, and Meg barely knew one another. They were merely acquaintances enjoying a post-class snack in a coffee shop.

Instantly, their lives were upended when Nina, a distraught young teen, burst into the shop seeking their help.

Who could have known that planning a murder would serve as a bonding experience?

Overall, it was a good read. I liked the premise, alternating perspectives, and humor. However, it was wordy so it felt long to me.
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kulmona | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 8, 2023 |
I wanted to like the book more than I ultimately did. It was a little slow in places, and I felt the whole story was a tad too long. The writing was well done but I could tell this was stretching me slightly outside of the crime novels I usually read and enjoy.
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cdaley | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 2, 2023 |
Thanks to NetGalley and all for an ARC copy of this book.
I really enjoyed the writing style and the character development. I liked the relationships developed throughout the story. I just had a hard time with some aspects of the plot development.
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TheHobbyist | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 6, 2023 |
I really thought that this book might be really interesting from the blurb on the back. A group of three old ladies who decide to kill someone (for a very good cause). But I had a really hard time getting into it. The ladies were interesting in their own right, had very interesting lives that had not been very happy and dealt in large degree with women's issues. In addition to the young woman, Nina, they were trying to protect from "Toad" the sex trafficker from whom she escaped. And thrown in was her backstory as well, but with so much backstory and secrets from each other it all moved at a glacial pace. I was not eager to pick up the book each time I had to put it down and while I did finish it. It really wasn't that interesting.

I would, however, like to thank #NetGalley and Harpers 360 for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
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she_climber | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 15, 2022 |
A Beginner's Guide to Murder by Rosalind Stopps is a recommended murder mystery.

Three senior women who are all in their seventies, Meg, Daphne, and Grace are meeting for coffee after a Pilates class when a teenage girl named Nina comes running in looking for help. The women are going to but first she goes into the restroom. Then a toad-like man enters the shop, pursuing her. The women recognize he is dangerous and get rid of him. After this they come up with a plan to get Nina out of the shop in order to protect her. When they hear Nina's story they are all determined to protect her.

Chapters alternate between the points of view of Meg, Grace, Daphne, and Nina showing the current situation and also jumping back in time reveal their backstories. They are all sympathetic characters with backstories full of challenges. After a slow start the plot does become a more exciting dark comedy of sorts, although the plot could have been tightened up. In this case, the alternating chapters and time periods didn't work as smoothly as they do in other novels and the writing was lacking in my opinion. A three star rating makes me an outlier but I really felt this novel was entertaining, but simply okay.

Trafficking of women is a serious topic. Busting up human trafficking rings is frequently in the news. For all the excuses and reasons to not involve the police immediately, in this day and age they should have been. The plot is too improbable for me to accept that murder would be easier. At this point in time you could go to the police and be believed and protected at least in the USA. I couldn't shake off the overwhelming urge to yell at these characters to go to the police, find a secure woman's shelter, get the help and protection that are available.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
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SheTreadsSoftly | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 30, 2022 |
It has been a long time since I didn’t finish a book. With so many people giving it four and five stars, I may have enjoyed it, but after getting 20% in and still not being hooked I just couldn’t give any more of my time to it.
I did notice some other reviewers saying it was a slow start and once you got to the middle it really started to get going, so hopefully.

The reason I couldn’t get into it is because it was all tell and no show. The characters were telling us all the things they were instantly thinking or about past events that may have a relevance to the story, but it just kept going and going.
And with me not really being invested in the characters yet, because they didn’t simply ask the girl why she was running from the man, as add to any horror of the situation, I found myself not caring.

If you do decide to give A Beginner’s Guide to Murder by Rosalind Stopps, I hope it really is the intense thriller filled with dark humor that others have said it is.
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KimHeniadis | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 21, 2022 |