My Brother’s Spare

Debut author, Shira Behore, introduces readers to Valeria Anson, the daughter of a kingdom’s head of law enforcement, who desperately wants to solve her mother’s murder.

Thank you to NetGalley and Long Island Press for an e-book copy of MY BROTHER’S SPARE to review. I’m not the biggest fan of Historical Fiction. I’m a huge mystery reader, but I shy away from historical fiction sometimes because the stories can be hard to follow, or the language doesn’t have an easy flow to it.

I didn’t find that to be the case with MY BROTHER’S SPARE. Author Shira Behore takes us back in time to the 19th Century long before cell phones and DNA evidence were used to solve murders.

Valeria Anson’s father is the Chief of the Kingdom’s Imperial Force, aka, the head of law enforcement. Valeria and her twin brother, Victor, witness their mother’s murder when they were children. The evening has haunted Valeria for years. Determined to find her mother’s killer, Valeria finds herself questioning her past, becoming an amateur sleuth unbeknownst to her father and gains a partner in the kingdom’s serial killer.

At the heart of the whodunit is Valeria’s loyalty to her father and brother, all the while taking her spot as the quiet daughter who should be happy her father has not sent her off in an arranged marriage.

The serial killer, Alias Black, becomes a trusted ally, even though, you know, he kills people. The two have a slow burn of a romance. The morally grey area of the characters, for me, made the book.

I’m hoping MY BROTHER’S SPARE is the beginning of a new mystery series.

This Nieve kingdom is as dangerous as Jessica Fletcher’s Cabot Cove, but I feel like it could be a treasure trove of mysteries waiting to be solved.

I rate MY BROTHER’S SPARE four out of five stars.

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