The Pershore Poisoners by Kerry Tombs || Book Review

It was the top hat that caught my attention…

Just kidding… The book was on the display shelf at the library, and usually those are the popular books that get checked out more often than others so of course I want to know what the hype is around it. I’ve picked up some good books from that shelf, and some, like this one, didn’t live up to any hypes.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Originally published: 2014

Pages: 320
Format: Paperback

Plot from Amazon:

Pershore, 1890.

Talbots’ Lodging House is renowned for its revolting fare. But no one ever died from dining there – until now.

Everyone who tasted the chef’s soup is left with a nasty case of food poisoning.

Detective Inspector Samuel Ravenscroft and Constable Tom Crabb are called in to investigate. Rumours abound that the dead man has been poisoned – a theory that fits with the circumstantial evidence.

Another guest dies in equally mysterious circumstances. Could arsenic be the common lethal ingredient?Ravenscroft and Crabb begin to unearth long-buried secrets. But something’s troubling Ravenscroft.


The book was filled up with repetitive moments and conversations that helped to add length but no real attraction to the plot.

The reveal behind the murders was surprising enough to conclude the story but it wasn’t a major mind-blowing moment as you find out get to figure things out on your own long before that. The beginning chapter and the very last chapter were basically the only exciting events to happen in the book.

I did enjoy how all the characters were written to be under suspicion and it created a guessing game of who is hiding what information and for what reasons. Not enough though to not figure out some of the crucial pieces that were suppose to keep the story moving along.


There are no insane plot twists, no frightening antagonists – just a simple cozy mystery ready for a quick read.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.19 on GoodReads. I gave it a 3.

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