Today I am thrilled to be sharing a giveaway and an extract from Hattie Goes to Hollywood by Caroline James. This was released on the 14th of February published by The Publish Hub.
Hattie Goes to Hollywood
Release Date: 14th of February 2020
Print Length: 434 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: The Publish Hub
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A Cumbrian Village…
A red-hot summer…
Join super-sleuth Hattie as tempers and temperatures rise in the Cumbrian village of Hollywood. With mischief and shenanigans aplenty, will Hattie discover the truth?
A funny and intriguing mystery – the first in a new series by Caroline James
When recently bereaved Hattie Mulberry inherits her aunt’s dilapidated cottage in the village of Hollywood in Cumbria, she envisages a quiet life. But retired hotelier Hattie is bored and when her neighbour asks her to investigate a suspicious suicide,
Hattie’s career takes a new direction and H&H Investigations is born. During the hottest summer for years, Hattie discovers there have been three recent suicides in Hollywood and she determines to find out why. Temperatures rise as she throws herself into village life and, with mischief and shenanigans aplenty, Hattie has her work cut out. But will she establish the truth?
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Hattie Goes to Hollywood Extract
As Hattie gets acquainted with life in the village of Hollywood, she sets off to find the pub and meets the mischievous landlord named Reggie…
Hattie was gasping for a drink.
A grassy expanse of green spread across the centre of the village, where a pond glinted in the sunlight and she paused to watch a duck dip its head in the water. It shook as it emerged and drops sprayed, making tiny circles that rippled across the still surface.
The duck looked up and met Hattie’s eye.
She fumbled about with the crust on the loaf and breaking a piece off, tossed it on the pond. The duck dived for the morsel and in seconds the crust was gone.
Hattie continued her walk and studied the buildings that made up the village of Hollywood. Drystone walls and hedgerows separated white-walled properties, with grey-slate roofs and circular chimney pots. Large houses stood alongside rows of pretty cottages in tightly packed lanes, contrasting with the spacious farms and barn conversions that lay on the outlying hills.
The Holly Bush came into view and she smiled at the thought of a refreshing drink. The old thatched pub was an oasis, nestling on the edge of the village and, as Hattie got nearer, she saw that the door was open, welcoming the weary walker to the delights inside. She stepped in. A group of hikers sat in a snug, to one side of the pub. They tucked into crusty pies with fat, hand-cut chips and as the delicious savoury aroma drifted into Hattie’s nostrils, her mouth watered. A group of men chatted at one end of the bar. They held pints of cask ale with a creamy top, a trail of froth on the sides of their glasses.
‘Now then, what can I get a beautiful girl on such a sunny day?’
A man stood behind the bar and a smile lit his handsome face. Hattie felt her cheeks colour as she stared into eyes the colour of treacle, deep pools that glowed with humour.
‘A gin and tonic, thank you.’
She watched him pick up a glass and reach for an optic, his arms strong beneath neatly rolled sleeves. Blue jeans hugged his hips and, adding ice to the glass, he flicked the top off a bottle of tonic and handed Hattie her drink. Hattie wished that she’d put some lipstick on, or at least combed her hair before coming into the pub. She guessed that the man was of similar age but wearing far better than he deserved, if the mischievous twinkle in his eye was anything to go by.
Hattie smelt a rascal and was instantly drawn.
‘Cheers,’ he said, ‘welcome to Hollywood.’
‘I’ve just moved into the old cottage in Lover’s Lane,’ Hattie said and gulped her drink.
‘Strange name for a lane, I don’t suppose there’s been much love there in recent times.’ She was making foolish conversation and wondered what was in the gin.
‘That can be remedied.’ He winked and she felt her cheeks burn.
‘My name’s Reggie.’ He reached out a hand. ‘Reggie Cleator, and this is my pub. You’re most welcome.’
‘Hattie, Hattie Mulberry.’ She took his hand and strong fingers gripped her own.
‘Did you bring a friend with you?’ Reggie nodded towards the open door.
The duck from the pond stood on the threshold, it’s green head iridescent in the light, eyes black and beady as it stared at Hattie.
‘Oh heck, I fed it some bread,’ Hattie said and hoped that the duck didn’t come any further.
‘A crust from the convenience?’
‘Stale as rock.’
‘Caviar to a mallard; you’ve a friend for life.’
Hattie turned away from the duck and, ordering another drink, reached for a menu.
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Let’s Get to Know Caroline
Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, which includes talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer’s & Journalists and the Society of Authors and writes articles and short stories, contributing to many publications. In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.
Books by Caroline James:
Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me
Coffee Tea The Chef & Me
Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me
The Best Boomerville Hotel
Hattie Goes to Hollywood
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