"If you've never encountered Beatrice, you have the most
almighty thrill coming - and this box set means that you can read
all of the first three right away. Read them in one sitting, if you
like, carrying on as the sun comes up and the sun goes down again.
Just make sure someone is around to keep putting a plate and a
glass of something beside you. Because that's how the Beatrice
Stubbs books are. Pick one up, you can't put it down until it's
finished - and, when it's finished, you feel the most acute sense
of loss. Well now that's no problem - with the box set, just start
on the next one!"
The Bagster, Amazon Reviewer"My favourite thriller / procedural novel type has a strong female lead. One that is convincingly human and real, who isn't the classic maverick detective, but works as a cog in a team, supporting her colleagues, just like in real life. Oh, and she needs to have some flaws. I need them to be written honestly, with interactions, opinions and emotions that echo people I know. As a bonus I'd like to find them entertaining enough to spend time with in person.
Beatrice has all this in spades. It's rare to have a lead who is bipolar and the thought patterns and coping processes are written with understanding and knowledge. This has been done incredibly convincingly and demonstrates, that mental illness is a condition that one can live with, successfully provided one pays proper attention - in the same way that, for example, diabetes is a condition that people live with, successfully and daily. Neither should be, nor needs to be a barrier to a successful career. This is demonstrated in an extremely effective and subtle way throughout all these 3 novels. JJ Marsh should be incredibly proud of having achieved this."
Dawn, Kobo Reviewer"Beatrice Stubbs has become an old friend over the course of this box set. So refreshing to find a heroine as fabulous and flawed as the rest of us. Evocative settings transport us round Europe from the comfort of our armchairs (or, indeed, from the poolside - I find them an excellent holiday read) and immerse us in the sights, sounds and smells of places that are now firmly on my travel bucket list. (I do hope my visits are a little less eventful, however.)"
CLMC, Amazon Reviewer