Today I am taking part in the books on tour for A Body in the Village Hall by Dee MacDonald. This was released on the 29th of June, published by Bookouture.
A Body in the Village Hall by Dee MacDonald
Release Date: 29th of June 2020
Print Length: 243 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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Kate Palmer is more than ready for the quiet life in Lower Tinworthy, Cornwall. But within weeks of her arrival, a woman is found dead in the village hall, stabbed to death with her own kitchen knife…
The victim is Fenella Barker-Jones: chairwoman of the Women’s Institute, doyenne of the amateur dramatic society, and reigning champion of the WI cake-baking contest. But whilst she may have been at the centre of village life, there were plenty who had reason to dislike her – as Kate is about to find out.
As a practice nurse and one of the first on the scene, Kate can’t help but get drawn into the investigation. Her patients are only too eager to tell her about the victim’s extra-curricular activities and, the more Kate hears about Fenella, the more the list of suspects grows: it seems half the village wanted her dead.
Kate’s sister Angie tells her to leave it alone, but Kate can’t resist piecing together the clues. Especially not if brings her closer to the handsome Detective Inspector ‘Woody’ Forrest, who is near to retiring himself and determined to crack his last case.
But when someone breaks into Kate’s home and leaves a warning note on her pillow, it becomes clear the murderer is prepared to do anything to keep their identity hidden… Will Kate and Woody work out who’s responsible, before she becomes the next victim?
If you love murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or Joy Ellis, then this page-turning novel will have you reading late into the night!
There is nothing better than starting the first book in a brand new series and especially when it is a cozy mystery. New stories, new characters, and as iin this case for me, a new author to get to know. As a reader of crime fiction, I can read some pretty dark books, so a cozy mystery thrown in to the mix makes for a gentler and fun read.
For sisters Kate and Angie, trading their busy lives in London for a much quieter and slower pace in Lower Tinworthy, a small seaside village in Cornwell, is just the fresh start that the duo needs.
But the tranquility is shattered when one of the residents is murdered and with her own kitchen knife no less! Kate, a practice nurse, but who also fancies herself as an amateur sleuth, finds herself in the thick of it as she helps Detective Inspector ‘Woody’ Forrest to solve the case.
I loved the characters and each brings life to the story. Kate was a standout and makes for a perfect lead. I instantly connected with her and she is such a joy to read. Woody was also a great character and I look forward to see how his connection with Kate will evolve in future books.
I really enjoyed Dee’s writing and how she brings everything to life. Peppered also with humour throughout, adds to it’s charming appeal and I was so caught up and entranced in the story that I was disappointed when it came to the end. Dee definitely had me under her spell and glued to the pages.
A Body in the Village Hall is a promising start for this fresh new series. A great plot, a seaside setting in Cornwell, a cast of quirky residents and a middle aged lead, makes for such an enjoyable read. Everything about this book ticks all the boxes in what I love to get out of a cozy mystery and I can’t wait to see what Dee has in store for us in the second instalment.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Dee MacDonald for allowing me to read an advanced copy of A Body in the Village Hall l which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
A Body in the Village Hall Books On Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Dee
Aged 18, Dee arrived in London from Scotland and typed her way round the West End for a couple of years before joining BOAC (forerunner of British Airways) in Passenger Services for 2 years and then as a stewardess for 8 years.
She has worked in Market Research, Sales and at the Thames TV Studios when they had the franchise.
Dee has since relocated to Cornwall, where she spent 10 years running B&Bs, and only began writing when she was over 70!
Married twice, she has one son and two grandsons.
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