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Blog Tour: The Adventures of Isabel by Candas Jane Dorsey // Review

“Finances had gone beyond desperate and into hopeless, and even blue sky after weeks of rain and Bun purring like a motorised bread pudding couldn’t cheer me up.”


Genre: Mystery, Fiction
Pages: 220
Published: August 5, 2021
Rate: 3 ⭐⭐⭐
Goodreads Synopsis
Rescued from torpor and poverty by the need to help a good friend deal with the murder of her beloved granddaughter, our downsized-social-worker protagonist and her cat, Bunnywit, are jolted into a harsh, street-wise world of sex, lies, and betrayal, to which they respond with irony, wit, intelligence (except for the cat), and tenacity. With judicious use of the Oxford comma, pop culture trivia, common mystery tropes, and a keen eye for deceit, our protagonist swaggers through the mean streets of — yes, a Canadian city! — and discovers that what seems at first to be just a grotty little street killing is actually the surface of a grandiose and glittering set of criminal schemes.

Disclaimer: A copy of the book was sent to me for review by the publisher but all thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

My Take
The Adventures of Isabel was an interesting read for me. The author uses the first person narration with our main character and third person narration with everyone else. That did take me a while to get used to.
The writing is simple and easy to follow along with which makes it a quick read. I love the short chapters too.


The characters are eccentric. Each with a distinct, different, personality which made it easy to keep up without any confusion.

“…Furthermore, I know nothing about the real world of crime.”

I did struggle with getting into the book at first, and struggled with the first few pages as I got the feeling of the setting. It also felt like the plot was lost in all the action and the murder mystery was forgotten. The pacing was alright though it does go up and down.

At the end, I was glad that I got to read the book. It’s a fun filled, interesting detective mystery.


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