Sweetpea – C. J. Skuse


Sweetpea is published by HQ on 20 April 2017 and is available to buy here

When she was good, she was very, very good. When she was bad, she was deadly.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhiannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

My thoughts 

I simply cannot get enough of black comedy. Black comedy, with a smattering of crime, is the bees’s knees. Sweetpea is blacker than a black thing. It’s quirky, hilarious, totally refreshing and bold.

Things you will do when reading Sweetpea:

  1. Laugh out loud
  2. Scare the cat laughing
  3. Laugh even louder
  4. Agree with some of Rhiannon’s thoughts
  5. Worry that you have a teeny bit of Rhiannon in you!

Sweetpea is Rhiannon’s journal, following her adventures through life. It is told in a dry witty style. She make lists of things that drive her around the bend or people she wants to kill. They are spot on! Hugely entertaining. Bloody marvellous. She has a dark side. From time to time, she kills people. She is kind to animals and children though. Probably best to be nice to her eh?! Give her whatever she wants, promote her at work and make sure you stay friends with her. Apart from that murdery inclination she is fairly normal, living with her boyfriend and dog and working as a kind of skivvy on the local newspaper.

This is just fabulous. FABULOUS! Sweetpea is a must read in 2017 for all fans of black comedy. Join in the love fest for Rhiannon, a girl who knows how to use a knife!

Recommended, if you want a guaranteed laugh!





About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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2 Responses to Sweetpea – C. J. Skuse

  1. Pingback: Top 12 Crime Books of 2017 | #northern #crime

  2. Great review, I absolutely loved this too!

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