Book Review – If It Looks Like A Duck by Frank Malley

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Genre: Mystery

Number of Pages: 311


“A dead body. A suicide note. A man called Crime. Enter a stubborn reporter who’s certain not all’s what it seems.

“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, well …”

When the body of landlord Roger Mansell is found in the River Lex, and a note uncovered on his boat, police say suicide.

Jaz Sharkey, a tenacious reporter on a failing newspaper, thinks murder. Her suspicions fence a bunch of regulars from the charming village pub. Identical twins, the psychotic ex of Jaz’s bold sidekick, Trish Parker, and a man called Crime.

As Jaz and Trish look for clues and editor Dan Armitage fights to keep his paper afloat, things turn sinister.

Quirky and funny, but with all the pace, twists, and adventure of a mystery. Join the hunt.”


I had already read and enjoyed one book from this author, so was pleased when I was asked to read and review this book. Whilst it was the second one in a series, I didn’t feel that I had missed out on anything. 

The writing was clever, resulting in a mystery that was full of action with a surprising twist at the end that I didn’t see coming! What I also particularly enjoyed was all the literary references. I love a story that contains these references, no particular reason, just personal preference. I have been aiming to try and read more books about/featuring books. 

It was these references and other little details that really brought the story to life. It was cleverly done to have so much going on without the story feeling long or unnecessarily dragged out. 

The chapters were fairly short, which gave a good pace to the story and kept it moving. As I said above, there were lots of different things going on, but they all added to the story, without seeming to slow it down. 

The characters were excellent. There were so many suspicious ones! They all had their own little quirks and drew you into thinking that they all could have potentially done it. 

Lastly the settings. I enjoyed reading about Lexford and all the places in that town that I got to visit whilst reading this story. The description of the town was excellent and added an extra layer to the story. 

Overall a good mystery with lots of action and a surprising twist at the end!

⭐Rated 4/5⭐

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10 thoughts on “Book Review – If It Looks Like A Duck by Frank Malley

    1. Emily Jane Post author

      I meant that the description made it feel like a real place. I looked it up on Google to see if it was a real place but it wasn’t as far as I could see.

      Thank you 😊


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