The Reluctant Witness

A Carlswick Mysteries Christmas novella (The Carlswick Mysteries)

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
75 Pages
Reviewed on 11/29/2020
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Author Biography

SL Beaumont is the author of the award-winning novel Shadow of Doubt and the Amazon best-selling series, The Carlswick Mysteries.

She lives in beautiful New Zealand, which is only problematic when the travel-bug bites (which it does fairly often)! Her passion for travel has seen her take many long haul flights to various parts of the world. Her love of history helps determine the destination and the places she visits are a constant source of inspiration for her.
Prior to becoming an author, SL Beaumont worked in banking in London and New York.

Shadow of Doubt won the 2020 Indie Reader Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Award, was long-listed for the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel, and was a semi-finalist for both the 2019 Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize and the 2020 Kindle Book Awards.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

A photo of a young waitress in hiding is splashed across the internet, upending the peaceful life she is trying to achieve in the suspenseful sleuth mystery novella The Reluctant Witness: A Carlswick Mysteries Novella (The Carlswick Mysteries) by SL Beaumont. A year ago, Bella's house burned down, and she barely managed to escape. Since then, she has been in hiding from those she believed set the fire. Usually wary of strangers and very cautious in developing relationships, Bella lets her guard down when Liam, an up and coming rock star, enters her life. When Bella is inadvertently caught on camera by the paparazzi and headlines on the internet, it will only be a matter of time before her enemies seek her out. Concerned that her enemies will target Liam and her new friends to get to her, Bella starts planning another vanishing act. But Liam doesn't care for the idea and insists on another plan of action. Can Bella find a way to bring all the fear and drama to an end? Or is it already too late?

A brilliant introduction to a series, The Reluctant Witness: A Carlswick Mysteries Novella by SL Beaumont is an intriguing sleuth mystery novella that is charming as well as addictive. Rife with conflict, a romantic interest, and a perplexing mystery, this is an enjoyable story that will delight everyone who loves to snuggle up with a cozy mystery but only has a limited amount of time to read. With a captivating storyline, appealing characters, and an engaging plot, it is a stunning and suspenseful short story. This splendid novella will thrill and entertain amateur sleuth mystery fans of every age. Fabulous!