Hello there! I'm here with your requested review!
I read the first chapter of this story a while back and I was instantly reminded when I saw your request and I was also so happy to see it was updated! I guess you could say it made an impression. Although I was too busy fangirling in that review to get anything proper across. Okay, I'm done with the chit-chat!
I love the style in which this story is written! It has that whole Agatha Christie mystery feel to it and I found myself reading very carefully, because I'm sure everything has some sort of relevance to the plot.
I loved Sirius in this. You know he's an outcast but it's more evident here, when he's stuck in a house with all of them and he just wants to get to the bottom of things. Barty is a really nice touch to add, like the crazy house guest that makes everybody uncomfortable.
I also liked the bit about Sirius calling the voice of reason in his head "Remus". It's so fitting and it's a nice touch to remind us that Sirius has other peers, unlike the rest of his family. Even the portraits give him the evil eye!
And true to the "butler did it" approach of these stories, I will say Bellatrix did it! No reason, it's just that she's evil and kills for pleasure. Maybe she was bored?
As I said, I like the writing style a lot, the plot runs along smoothly and I can tell you pay very much attention to detail! Good job!
Author's Response: Hey there - thank so much for stopping by!
Ah, I'm so glad of that! It's so difficult to remember who's read what story - the curse of having multiple WIPs, I guess, haha - but I always love seeing people coming back to read new chapters :)
I adore Agatha Christie mysteries so for you to say that is, for me, a huge compliment, so thank you very, very much! :)
Sirius is very much an outcast, but also as much of an outcast as he makes himself at the same time, if that makes any sense, haha. He's struggling to know what his own feelings are, I think, which is a really interesting and fun thing to explore :) I love Barty - he's such a great character in the books - and that's pretty much the perfect way to describe him! He definitely makes everyone uncomfortable!
Mahaha, yeah, I quite liked putting that in! I wanted to have some kind of reference to his friends - they're such a huge part of his life and they really form him - and it was such a cheeky little thing :D Yeah, the portraits are a bit creepy...
Bella, hm? It is a nice guess. Obviously, I can't tell you anything, but still... :P Haha, yeah, 'she was bored' is definitely a good enough reason for her! :)
Thank you so so much for this review - I really love it! It means so much. Thank you! :)