A Cornish Christmas Murder
(A Nosey Parker Cozy Mystery) by Fiona Leitch
Our heroine Jodie Parker has returned from London to Penstowan in Cornwall to set up her catering business, after leaving the police force. But somehow, she always seems to find crimes which need investigating and this time is no different.
The catering van containing Jodie, her mum Shirley, her teenage daughter Daisy (13) and their Pomeranian dog Germaine, plus Debbie (a former nurse) arrives at Kingseat Abbey, where there’s a big children’s Christmas party.
We are soon introduced to the cast of characters, who end up snowed in and have to spend the night at the Abbey together. And one of them does not come out alive…
The book is perfect for this time of year, as it begins on December 20th. I’m a big Agatha Christie fan and this was right up my street! There’s a really great humour in the writing style, it’s very witty and there are wonderful, fun characters you can relate to.
I loved the whole Britishness of it too, it was very heart-warming and held my interest throughout, as we are encouraged to try to work out “whodunnit” and why, as Jodie and friends investigate. It’s a gentle, cosy mystery and I would definitely read more in this series.
One of my favourite quotes was “as an English person, there is nothing I fear more than allowing my tea levels to fall below a certain point and risk dehydrating” – hee hee! So true!
9 out of 10
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