Short Story Review: The Flood: A Tess Darling Mini-Mystery by Tash Bell

Tess Darling, director, and cameraman and sidekick, Miller, are on their way to Barnstaple House in deepest Devon, in the middle of a storm.  The flood waters are rising.  The venue is ‘an exclusive club and holistic hotel’ that caters for celebrities.

Arriving at their destination should have raised their spirits, if only because they were sheltered from the weather, but when they meet the cast for the interviews they are supposed to be filming, spirits plummet further.

As Tess and Miller are taken on a tour of the house / hotel by owner, Noah Dellows, the power suddenly goes off and they are plunged into darkness. Noah goes off to turn on the back-up generator, but when the lights come on, one of their company is dead.  There is a killer amongst them.

But who could it be?  It soon transpires that everyone had a reason to kill, but can Tess discover who has blood on their hands?

The story line is a classic but the modern setting and cast make it a refreshing read.  I usually enjoy fast-paced stories, but I found that this one was perhaps a little too fast in places for my liking.  That being said, the characters and the witty humour found throughout made this quick, light-hearted mystery enjoyable and entertaining.

I downloaded a copy of The Flood: A Tess Darling Mini-Mystery by Tash Bell when it was available for free from Smashwords.

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