Amy Myers is known for her short stories and historical novels featuring Victorian chef Auguste Didier and chimney sweep Tom Wasp. Her contemporary series features classic car detective Jack Colby, and she is currently working on a new 1920s mystery series featuring Nell Drury, chef at Kent’s Wychbourne Court.
Tigers in Red Weather is Liza Klaussmann’s debut novel. She divides her life between London and Martha’s Vineyard (otherwise known as the Island), the book opens in New England in 1945, covering a period of twenty-four years.
Cousins Nick and Helena are splitting up as housemates, Nick to meet her sailor husband Hughes in Florida and Helena to Hollywood to marry producer Avery Lewis. The two couples however will meet each summer at the family home of Tiger House on the Island. Nick and Helena had both looked forward to a life of bliss ahead, but as the years pass it doesn’t seem that their lives will turn out that way, especially when in 1959 Daisy, Nick’s daughter, and Helen’s son Ed find a dead body at Tiger House and family secrets begin slowly to unravel.
This interestingly structured story is told from five viewpoints, one following the other. Each major player adds his or her own perspective and role to the overall plot, until finally the last piece of the jigsaw slots into place. Both readable and compelling as one waits for each clue as to where the story might be leading, Tigers in Red Weather is a mystery hard to put down – and the author’s second novel is going to be very easy to pick up.