Sausage Hall by Christina James

Detective Inspector Tim Yates
Book Three

My GoodReads’ Star Rating: 3 stars out of 5, which means I liked it! ((Follow me at GoodReads!))

Artuccino’s bookish observation

One of the joys of being a book blogger is being welcomed into the world of “reviews”. I rarely accept invitations to review books for a couple of reasons. Firstly, many books don’t interest me and secondly I’m very busy with multiple projects. I only blog when something grabs me, so when an email arrived in my in-box offering me a preview copy of Sausage Hall by Christina James I immediately wrote back to say, “the book’s blurb gives me the impression that it would be a book I would enjoy” and enjoy it I did. 

I think the title of the book, Sausage Hall, tends to distract from the quality of the story. That’s just a personal opinion.  The story links a crime in the historical past, to one in the present, both perpetrated by different people but both crimes involve the owners of a mansion known as Laurieston located in Lincolnshire. Laurieston is also known to the locals as Sausage Hall because it was once owned by a butcher.

Christina James’ writing style fitted with my reading taste, like a glove.  I was a little thrown by the narrative changing from first person to third person when I began reading. However, once I became accustomed to the switch, I enjoyed it, it was like a change in melody, it complimented the style of writing.

I enjoyed the story and its great ending. Now, don’t cheat everyone, don’t go reading the last chapter till you’ve read from beginning to end in sequence.

I love the unfolding of a good mystery and Sausage Hall is certainly one.

A little about the series

This is the third book of the Detective Inspector Yates series.  Sausage Hall was the first book I’ve read, written by Christina James.  I’ll be seeking out her other two soon, the titles are: In the Family and Almost Love.

A little about the book

Sausage Hall is home to millionaire Kevan de Vries, grandson of a Dutch immigrant farmer. De Vries has built up a huge farming and food packing empire which extends, via the banana trade, to the West Indies. Sleazy MD, Tony Sentance, persuades de Vries to branch out into the luxury holiday trade. De Vries and wife, Joanna, take the first cruise out to explore the potentially lucrative possibilities. However, back at home, a break-in at Sausage Hall uncovers a truly gruesome historical discovery. And when a young employee of de Vries is found dead in the woods, D.I. Yates is immediately called in. This third outing for DI Yates tackles the exploitation of African women in the nineteenth century and draws parallels with the exploitation of Eastern European women in the 21st.. ((Source of book description: Blurb On the Book’s Back Cover and from

A little about the author

Christina James is an British author. She has had had a lifelong fascination with the South Lincolnshire Fens, with their huge skies, limitless landscapes and isolated communities; she is deeply interested psychology of the people who have lived in the Fens over the centuries, and has drawn on her interests to create the fictional world of Detective Inspector Tim Yates.

Genre – Fiction


First Published


Mystery to Thriller Gauge 03
Our temperature gauge reading of 3 reflects our judgement that the story is
an INTRIGUING read, a GOOD mystery