Book Review

White Horse – Joss Stirling

Let’s give a very warm welcome back to Joss Stirling, as today I am reviewing White Horse, the second book in her Jess Bridges series. Many thanks to Joss, and to One More Chapter, for my copy of the book, which I received via NetGalley. If you didn’t see yesterday’s review of book one in the series, Black River, you can read it HERE.

BLURB:

A thrilling new whodunnit series, fast-paced and funny, featuring a detective as sharp as his suits and a heroine who’s trouble.  

3000 years ago Iron Age people carved a White Horse on the Downs near Uffington Castle and now someone has dumped a body there. Laid out like a ceremonial killing, Detective Inspector Leo George isn’t convinced that the murder is what it appears.

He suspects the young female victim may have been a member of the Children of the White Horse, a secretive valley commune, but none of the cult members are talking. That is until he discovers his friend, Jess Bridges, is undercover in the commune, attempting to persuade a wayward young woman to leave the cult.

Leo is confronted by the fact that Jess is heading right into the heart of a mystery that has less to do with ancient gods than it does modern vices, and there is nothing old about spilling blood…

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REVIEW:

White Horse picks up just shortly after the events of Black River, and see Jess heading to a village next to the Uffington White Horse and Wayland’s Smithy, two places I have always wanted to visit – by the end of this series, I can see that I will have quite the road trip planned.

Although I had expected Leo George to appear in this book, I was pleased to see Michael making a return as well. I love his and Jess’s dynamic, and seeing their interactions in this book really made me smile. Watching Jess and Leo’s friendship develop over the course of the book was really lovely too, and I can’t wait for what I suspect is to come.

White Horse is focused around commune living at the foot of the eponymous white horse, and I found the dynamics within this group fascinating. It was obvious that there was more to them than met the eye, but I will confess that it took me a long time to work out what that was. As a former Religious Studies student, I can quite understand Michael’s desire to study them and other communes and cults of a similar nature.

When a series starts with a book as good as Black River, there is always the concern that the rest of the series won’t live up to expectations, but that certainly isn’t the case with White Horse. Come back tomorrow when I will be talking about Red House, the third book in the series.

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