Short Story Review: Virtually Scared to Death by Gillian Larkin

Virtually Scared to Death is the first book in the Julia Blake cozy Mysteries by Gillian Larkin.

Julia Blake runs her own cleaning business in Leeds.  When one of her clients and friend, a video game designer named Mark Castle, dies in what appears to be mysterious circumstances, at least to her, she decides to investigate.  However, it’s not all plain sailing.

On the whole, I enjoyed this quick read.  I thought the play on words for the story’s title was very clever and amusing.  The story flowed nicely, as did the dialogue, and there was enough description provided by the author to bring the story to life without slowing the pace of the narrative.  The characters were believable and engaging, especially Julia Blake.  I would definitely consider reading more in this series.

All in all, Virtually Scared to Death is an easy-going, light read, one that I couldn’t put down until I had finished it.  I highly recommend this to those who are fans of cosy mysteries.

I downloaded this short story for free from Smashwords.

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