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The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder


The Colour Of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris is a truly unique and interesting read.  I loved it.

Its so special when an author creates a character (good or bad) so vivid they jump off the pages and you begin to know them.  Jasper is so real to me, I can visualise him flapping his arms, he makes me smile and he also breaks my heart a little.

Jasper’s world is very different to ours, he sees colours for sounds, he is autistic and has facial blindness; he recognises people by the colour of their voices.  It is a confusing, difficult and at times very frightening world for him.

The beginning of the book was a little difficult to get into, until I found an understanding of his world.  Once I had my head into Jasper I couldn’t put it down.   In a strange way, at times I felt a little jealous of the techni-colour way he hears and I would have loved to be able to see his paintings.  (See, I actually do think he is real)!

When Bee Larkham moves into the house opposite, Jasper is happy to have found a friend who shares his love of the parakeets nesting in her garden.  It’s hard to say much about her complex character without spoilers (which I would never do).  When she disappears Jasper tries to make people understand that she has been murdered.  What follows is a colourful, complicated and utterly brilliant whodunnit.   I could not put it down and when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it.

This is one I’ll be thinking about for a long time, Jasper just won my heart.  If you haven’t read it, please do.  If you have, let me know what you thought in the comments below.

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