The Gypsy Killer by Angela Dandy – Book Review

The Gypsy Killer by Angela Dandy – Book Review

The Gypsy Killer by Angela Dandy

The Gypsy Killer

Author – Angela Dandy
Publisher – SilverWood Books
Pages – 308
Released – 20th October 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1800421103
Format – ebook, paperback
Rating – 4.5 Stars
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When a fire destroys a gypsy caravan and kills LJ’s wife, Jess, all eyes turn to the residents of Bartonford, a picturesque village in Warwickshire. With property prices plummeting, the villagers will stop at nothing to see the back of the gypsies. But will they resort to murder?

Student Elizabeth Goodge is no lightweight when it comes to ferreting out information. What she discovers is shocking. The life of another gypsy hangs in the balance – one more in a long line of victims.

A story of family, hope, despair and obsession – no-one is safe while the gypsy killer roams free.

Review by Jane

The Gypsy Killer is a murder mystery that keeps the reader on their toes. It’s obvious early on that there’s a Gypsy killer at large, with the hook being immediate by the fine crafting of the author’s expressions and storytelling. I was definitely longing to know more.

This is the tale of Jess with her eager imagination and passion for life which was beautifully emotive and vivid in texture and tone. She’s a wonderfully fresh character that I connected with from the outset. She was adopted into the Roma family and the traditions of these people which gave a very detailed insight into a community that is not very well established in the ordinary world and the prejudices they face.

All of the characters were utterly rich and refreshing with so much detail but the character Fred was definitely one of my highlights, and I particularly loved how, despite the murders, the author still managed to introduce humour into the novel.

The only very slight downside I would say was that there are a lot of coincidences that show the path the author is taking you on before you get to the twist but that didn’t put me off as there are twists and turns aplenty and I was completely immersed in both the characters and the story.

I really enjoyed this book, it is one of those books that you stay up late into the night to read – ‘just one more chapter’. The authentic writing style is fast-paced and page-turning stuff and the ending felt as though it was full of suspense, most definitely keeping me on my toes.

The Gypsy Killer is a good read that I would highly recommend and I will definitely be picking up previous books written by this author.

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Author Info

Angela Dandy The Gypsy Killer

Born in Grantham, Angela went to school in Newton Abbot before departing for the big city when she was eighteen for what turned out to be an interesting and highly varied career with a major corporation. Majoring in IT in the 70s, she completed her career managing major change programmes. Retiring early to Stratford-upon-Avon in 2002, Angela rediscovered her childhood love of writing.

She started her first novel, ‘Lakeside’, while relaxing in California’s National Parks. Completing ‘Lakeside’, she has since published ‘The Silver Sting’ and its sequel, ‘The Silver Dollar’, and now ‘The Gypsy Killer’. Her stories draw on people she has known and places she has visited. In Angela’s own words, “The characters in my book have their own unique lives. They represent the richness and diversity of life.”

Angela loves theatre and everything theatrical and has spread her wings into writing short and one act plays, the first of which is due to be performed in her hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon in 2021. An active member of the Bardstown Writers group and the Stratford Playwrights group, Angela still finds time to travel, drive her classic car, enjoy crafting, entertain family and friends, and get thoroughly dirty in her garden!

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4 Responses

  1. i do enjoy books that make you want to keep reading and this one sounds perfect..

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    Excellent reviewing, you have me Jonesing for this one.

  3. Thank you Vidya. I know these books are definitely wonderful.

  4. Thank you DJ. That is good to hear.