Thicker Than Water (Murray of Letho, #10) by Lexie Conyngham


The tour organizer sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

When young Walter finds a dead body along with the dead fish in his tutor’s fishpond, he knows he should tell his old master, Charles Murray of Letho. The dead man leaves a pretty wife and child and a broken string quartet, but someone must have profited by his death – could it be the avenger from his past as his widow fears, or is it someone from closer at hand? St. Andrews is once again the setting for a murder mystery, and a puzzle that Murray must solve before the murderer strikes again.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Scottish
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Regency
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Series: Murray of Letho, #10
Length: 288 pages
Release date: 2017-04-29


‘Where does he travel to?’ he asked.

‘Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth sometimes. Wherever there’s trade, ‘ she said. ‘He’s no idle, my brother, not like some.’

‘No, he’s not idle,’ agreed Constable Round without expression. Murray tried not to laugh.

My Opinion

This book leads you – together with Charles Murray – to visit professor Shaw in St Andrews. His former servant Walter finds a dead man in one of the professor’s ponds.

With Thicker Than Water, Lexie Conyngham has created the 10th suspense story in the Murray of Letho series. It can be read as standalone as well; in my case it took me a while to get familiar with the characters, making my start slowly until I really got into the flow. From that moment on, it was a quite compelling and fun read, drawing me finally closer to Murray and the case. Lexie Conyngham makes you want to find the truth and the reasons why as much as Murray. Charles Murray is complex and believable, a good reason to read the other installments as well. The story develops in a calm way; it comprises authentic characters, interesting turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like historical fiction, Scotland, suspense stories with believable characters, and if you appreciate mystery series.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence :mrgreen: – 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

About the author

Author of the Murray of Letho and Hippolyta Napier series of historical crime novels, Lexie lives in North-East Scotland and after some years of trying the traditional methods (with absolute and complete lack of success) she was persuaded to test her limited technical skills with e-books. When she isn’t writing (that would be Sundays) she teaches, knits, gardens, drinks wine or whisky, and sits looking thoughtful while random facts wander around her head.

She can be followed, should such a thing appeal, on Pinterest ( or even Facebook (…).

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Thicker Than Water?  Or – if you did not yet read Thicker Than Water – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂









3 thoughts on “Thicker Than Water (Murray of Letho, #10) by Lexie Conyngham

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  2. Karen, I’m definitely hooked by your review and premise of the book – I’ve never read a book set in St. Andrews where I studied! Would be a great opportunity to ‘revisit’ and also as a fan of mystery and some historical fiction this ticks all the boxes for me! Thank you for the recommendation.

    • Thank you for the praise, Annika.
      If you read the series in the right order, you will read more of St Andrews (even if perhaps not all books are set there). It was a little challenging to ‘start’ with book 10, getting to know the characters took some chapters.
      I also love to read about locations I know. Happy reading!

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