The Mad Days of March


Fiction - Mystery - Murder
222 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2021
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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite

The Mad Days of March by Philip Catshill tells the story of Terry March, who works for the council and leads what some would refer to as a dull life. Terry is trapped in an unhappy marriage to his sarcastic and obsessively clean wife, Brenda. Shortly after receiving a redundancy notice from the council, a lady in the lift loses her footing on a station platform and falls in front of a train. Back at the office, Ashley Bryant is employed by the council to update the administration and resembles Terry’s daughter Megan. When his wife Brenda vanishes, her twin sister Carol moves into Terry’s home. When the lady in the lift, Ashley, Lauren, and Carol, seem to be attracted to Terry, he is confused. Just when he thinks his life couldn’t get more complicated, Terry finds his wife’s body in the garden, and Lauren’s house burns down. He becomes a millionaire overnight, but then Megan disappears, adding more mayhem to his life.

Wow! That is all I could say after reading The Mad Days of March by Philip Catshill. What an awesome novel, with more twists and turns than a bird’s nest and full of surprises. This quick read veers from the sublime to the ridiculous. The interesting array of characters are all well defined, with as many personalities as a box of crayons. The story is consistently interesting and exciting, with vivid descriptions of the scenes and characters. There are mild references to sex, mental illness, and relationships. Overall, a fantastic novel and highly recommended.