Saturday 3 June 2023

The Body at Carnival Bridge (Iris Woodmore Mysteries #3) by Michelle Salter (2023)


How deadly is the fight for equality?

It’s 1922, and after spending a year travelling through Europe, Iris Woodmore returns home to find a changed Walden. Wealthy businesswoman Constance Timpson has introduced equal pay in her factories and allows women to retain their jobs after they marry.

But these radical new working practices have made her deadly enemies.

A mysterious sniper fires a single shot at Constance – is it a warning, or did they shoot to kill? When one of her female employees is murdered, it’s clear the threat is all too real — and it’s not just Constance in danger.

As amateur sleuth Iris investigates, she realises the sniper isn’t the only hidden enemy preying on women.


This third Iris Woodmore mystery had me completely baffled until the last minute. The murder plot was intricately woven and full of details that may or may not be connected. The attempted shooting of Constance Timpson was another worrying matter. 

Iris has returned from her travels just in time to get caught up in another murder investigation but she has some fences to mend with old friends before she can start. 

There are a lot of changes to Walden and lots of new faces. Some are more likeable than others. I took an instant dislike to Archie, the smarmy new Reverand and I had to wonder at Iris finding him attractive. Plenty of intimidating characters live at the convalescent home for soldiers and this further confuses the matter when Iris is looking for suspects. 

I like how the author uses dark subject material that wouldn't normally be tackled in the genre. The author pays attention to detail in the social history of post-war Britain and uses it to great advantage to further the plot; the effects of the Great War on returning soldiers, the change to society for men and women, the weakening of social class distinctions, women's rights, reproductive rights and terminations etc. Times are changing at a speed which is too fast for some members of society.

I found myself reading through this book quite quickly as I wanted to find out what would happen next. Iris's personal life is as eventful as the investigations she gets mixed up in and I'm looking forward to reading how things progress with her father and his fiancΓ©e, and Iris and her friends.

The Body At Carnival Bridge is out now Amazon

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