How to Solve Your Own Murder is an intriguing and cosy-ish mystery that spans two viewpoints and several decades.

In 1965, 17-yr-old Frances has her fortune told, but is dismayed to hear a prophecy that includes her own murder. Eventually, she will become obsessed with it, leaving instructions in her will and testament that when she is murdered, her great-niece must be one of the ones to help solve the crime…

Today, great-niece Annie is summoned to Frances’ home when the worst happens. Can she unravel the past and solve the crimes of the present?

It took me a little while to get into this one, but once I did I was hooked. Annie has Frances’ diaries to read and I enjoyed the combination of discovering secrets in the past and future at the same time. There are a lot of characters to get to grips with (with many from the present being related to those from the past!), which meant at times it was tricky to follow them all.

The mystery kept me guessing throughout and I enjoyed spending time in both timelines. While there may be another book in the series, this one served perfectly well for me as a standalone.