I recently got my hands on a copy of The Seventh Petal by author Ann Morven in order to review the work. Generally, I’m asked to review poorly written works and challenged to find nice things to say about them. With The Seventh Petal, I was pleasantly surprised. Finding nice things to say wasn’t easy – mainly because there were so many nice things to say that I had to pick and choose what to include in my 250-word review.
The plot of The Seventh Petal centers around Sheil B. Wright (a stage name, we are frequently assured) who somehow finds herself in Scotland just as a gruesome crime has been committed. Sheil also has the unfortunate fate of discovering the body of the local Laird and enduring several days with the motley crew stationed in his castle. As the police race to find the killer and more people begin dropping dead, Sheil starts to uncover the mystery of the great treasure of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
While reading, I frequently thought of the great Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Ann Morven weaves a plot so intense and manages to create such lovely detailed characters that the 138 pages of The Seventh Petal flew by too quickly. I’ve recently discovered that Morven has published several short crime novels with Sheil B. Wright at the helm; I plan to read them very soon. I want to find out if her other works are just as fun to read.