Book Review: The Last Party (DC Ffion Morgan #1) by Clare Mackintosh

“At midnight, one of them is dead.
By morning, all of them are suspects.”

The first book in the DC Ffion Morgan series by Clare Mackintosh and set to be released on 4th August, The Last Party is set on New Year’s Eve, when Rhys Lloyd has a house full of guests. His vacation homes on Mirror Lake are a success, and he’s generously invited the village to drink champagne with their wealthy new neighbours. But by midnight, Rhys will be floating dead in the freezing waters of the lake.

On New Year’s Day, Ffion Morgan has a village full of suspects. The tiny community is her home, so the suspects are her neighbours, friends and family, and Ffion has her own secrets to protect. With a lie uncovered at every turn, soon the question isn’t who wanted Rhys dead, but who finally killed him.


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I love Clare Mackintosh’s books so I was beyond excited to see that she was starting a new series! But of course, I was also very cautious. Would this new genre suit her style of writing? Would I be invested in a new detective?

No need to worry! I enjoyed this so much that I sat and read it in one sitting.

The plot itself isn’t particularly anything new. A small town, a man with lots of enemies, a determined detective who vows to find out the truth. But Ffion isn’t like most detectives. And in fact, she has more secrets than most, so she’s not exactly willing to upturn every rock to find out the truth. More, she’s making sure that nothing can lead back to her in doing so.

But while the concept of having a murder happen at a party with a small town full of suspects isn’t anything groundbreaking, what really made it stand out for me is the setting of the small Welsh town set on Mirror Lake. I instantly got this beautiful picture of the location and the luxury cabins where these residents reside, as well as a vivid picture of the individual locals on the other side of the lake who want to be left alone.

This is all due to Mackintosh’s phenomenal writing. It’s not often a book can so easily make you feel at home with a new setting and set of characters, but Mackintosh makes it all seem so effortless!

Most of all, I absolutely loved the character of DC Ffion Morgan. There’s a lot of great wit in her narrative and I really liked how her female character broke the typical boundaries. I am more than excited to read another book led by her!


The Last Party (DC Ffion Morgan #1) by Clare Mackintosh
Release Date: 4th August 2022
Print Length: 447 pages
Genre: Detective Thriller
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group UK

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