Union Clues is the first book in a series and is set, mostly, in the world of narrowboats and canals, about which I know little. This story is split into three parts, each of which is told in the voice of its main character – Stella, Nancy and Dawn. It is a mystery but don’t expect there to be a body turning up on the first few pages because this tale is more about the characters, the relationships they are in and the impact they have on each other when they meet.

Radcliffe has done a terrific job with the characterisations in this book and I thoroughly enjoyed the backstory’s of Stella and Nancy which led in nicely to them being on the canal. There was enough detail about the canals and narrowboats to be reassured the author knows her stuff without it becoming boring and I was left feeling like it was something I’d like to do.

There is definitely a crime, we know all about that, but why would the victim then deny it even happened? This is a book about deceit and revenge, it is very well written and if you like your characters fully rounded and doing their thing in a beautiful setting then I’d encourage you to give it a go. Highly recommended.

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