This is the year I’ve given up thinking I’m smart enough to solve Dorothy Koomson’s mystery! I bow to the master of the BIG REVEAL. If you have been following me for a while, you’ll know I’m a fan and that I usually review her latest book around Spring/Summer. This year Dorothy did not disappointment. I had the pleasure of attending the online book cover reveal party and discovered the joys of Maltesers with coffee (it’s any acquired taste). My Other Husband was a long time coming, since the publication of her book The Flavours of Love I’ve been thinking a story with food and murder from another angel would be brilliant. I’m also hoping that a cook book or cake book will follow this one as well, but I digress. My Other Husband is ‘Murder She Wrote’ gone dark … the ultimate, who done it.
Someone’s trying to frame me for murder. But I can’t prove my innocence. Because then I’d have to confess about… my other husband.
Cleo Forsum is a bestselling novelist turned scriptwriter whose TV series, ‘The Baking Detective’ is a huge success. Writing is all she’s ever wanted to do, and baking and murder stories have proved a winning combination.
But now she has decided to walk away from it all – including divorcing her husband, Wallace – before her past secrets catch up with her.
As Cleo drafts the final ever episodes of the series, people she knows start getting hurt. And it’s soon clear that someone is trying to frame her for murder.
She thinks she knows why, but Cleo can’t tell the police or prove her innocence. Because then she’d have to confess about her other husband . . .
A series of terrifying murders. A set of complex lies.
And a woman with no way to clear her name.
Thoughts on My Other Husband
Firstly, I luv Cleo’s Black Caribbean bestie, Trina. Her character and dialogue is authentic. Trina felt like home to me. We all need tried and true, ride or die bestie like Trina. Cleo and Trina’s strong bond is what we need to see more of. Even Cleo, in fact. It was gratifying see a black female protagonist that you don’t normally read about come alive. She exists in normal life and reminds me a bit of myself at university; no not vain at all.
Secondly, although Dorothy is known for her thrillers, she often delivers wonderful love stories. They feel real, raw, racy and tender in parts. In My Other Husband, Dorothy captures the cute awkwardness of a university romance and puts it up against mature endearing marital love. Friendship, forgiveness, marriage and trust are big themes in this novel.
My Other Husband is a stellar summer read. I feel like there could be soundtrack. I wonder, what music would Zack from Save By the Bell be into … If you came of age in the 90’s you’ll luv the pop culture references.
In the meantime, have a look at the teaser book tok by the author herself.
Publisher: Headline Review (18 Aug. 2022)
Hardcover: 432 pages
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Finally, don’t miss out on reading My Other Husband. Publication date is 18th August (wish it was sooner). It’s available at all good book stores and online. Be sure to read my other reviews of Dorothy Koomson books on the blog. Have you read any of Dorothy’s books before? What’s your favourite so far?
Photo credit: Feature Image Dorothy Koomson