Kelsey Kingsley has become one of my favorite authors. She really knows how to make you love her characters and sucks you into her stories. I don’t think there’s ever been a book she’s written that didn’t hit me in all the feels one way or another. Her newest book, A Circle of Crows, is something different than she’s written before. What did I think? Keep on reading to find out what I thought and more about the book.
Nothing ever happens in Fort Crow, Scotland, or so Inspector Alec Brodie thinks. But when the body of a tourist is found in the woods, the detective begins to see that things aren’t all that they seem in the sleepy little town, especially when the murder is ruled as an accident. With raised suspicion, Alec now has to wonder, who is trying to cover up the killing of Grace Allan?
Realizing he can’t trust anybody, Inspector Brodie sets out to solve the mystery on his own, until he meets Rosie Allan, a woman determined to help catch her sister’s killer. Stubborn and set in his ways, Alec is reluctant to accept her assistance, but Rosie is persistent, not to mention beautiful, and he finds her impossible to refuse.
Together, they begin to uncover the dark secrets hidden within the small Scottish town, and with those secrets, they find answers. But can they solve the mystery without getting themselves killed—or worse, falling in love?
Romantic suspense isn’t a genre I read really often, but reading A Circle of Crows definitely wants to me to read more of this genre. The story takes place in Scotland and had the dark and creepy feelings from the start. I love when the atmosphere of a book just jumps off of the page.
Our main character Rosie is in Scotland for a reason that no one ever wants to travel for. Her sister Gracie went on a trip and has been found dead. The cops say she’s been in an accident, but there’s definitely more to the case that meets the eye. I have to say that Rosie is a strong woman. She’s in a strange country fighting for someone to be arrested for what happens to her sister and ends up in danger. All while grieving the loss of someone she really loved.
Alec is a detective and seems to be a bit of a grump, but there’s so much more than meets the eye. He’s going through things of his own and after working in a big city this little town isn’t that exciting. So when a murder is named an accident he knows something isn’t right. I loved Alec’s passion for his work and how much he truly cares. He wasn’t going to rest until he had it all figured out. It may not have been smart of him to take Rosie along with him everywhere, but he was doing what he could. Alec is protective of the people he cares about and it’s clear to everyone that reads this book.
The suspense had me on the edge of my seat until the end of the book and I just couldn’t put A Circle of Crows down. I needed to know how everything would play out. I definitely had a creepy feeling while reading at night in the dark, haha. As for the romance it’s not the biggest aspect of the book, but the slow burn really works in this book. Alec and Rosie clearly have a connection, but don’t give in right away. I definitely need more of these two characters.
A Circle of Crows also has an amazing cast of side characters. Out of all of them I think Rick was my favorite character. He had me laughing out loud. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of him either. All in all, Kelsey Kingsley wrote another amazing book and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.
If you haven’t read anything by this author yet, I really recommend it! Here are other books by this author that I’ve read and reviewed:
A Circle of Crows was an amazing book and I just couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to get more of these characters. There’s just something special about them.