This is the fourth book in the Much Winchmoor Mystery series. It follows the adventures of Kat (Katie) Latcham, who is a journalist, dog walker and barmaid, but also a reluctant detective. As an apparently much-loved resident is murdered in the village, it’s inevitable she will get involved…
I loved this from the first couple of pages! The first person narration draws you straight in, the characters are great (often hilarious) and it is so witty and clever! After the first chapter, I was pretty sure Paula Williams is the kind of author I will read everything she ever writes.
Kat is a great character, easy to relate to, but the supporting cast are also outstanding. Having lived in villages myself, I felt very familiar with the way news and gossip travels round a community. I could recognize many of the villagers as the same type of people we all know and loved the gossipy older women, with their prejudices and proclamations. Many of the character studies are hilarious, because they are just perfect! Elsie’s malapropisms are especially delightful. Paula Williams has the perfect knack of capturing each person with all their idiosyncrasies and they fall off the page and into your heart.
There are also a lot of dogs in the book and these too have their own personalities and foibles. (Writing a good dog character is much harder than it seems!)
Despite a lot of great humour in the book, there is a murder at its heart so we have drama, clues to follow and a murderer to find. I often enjoy reading cosy murders and murder mysteries and now I have another author to add to my list when people ask me for recommendations in that genre.
Murder on High
Remember, abseiling is only the second fastest way down a church tower.’
The note pinned to the teddy bear lying at the foot of the church tower could have been a joke – if it hadn’t been for the body on the path next to it!
Somebody wants to make very sure that everyone knows this was not an accident or suicide. But why?
Suddenly, no one in the village has any enthusiasm for the Teddy Bear Abseil, planned to raise money for the children’s play area, as, once again, a murderer walks the narrow, twisty streets of the small Somerset village of Much Winchmoor.
And, once again, Kat Latcham, reporter/dog walker/barmaid and occasional reluctant hair salon gopher, finds herself unwillingly dragged into a murder investigation.
This fourth Much Winchmoor mystery is spiked with humour and sprinkled with romance.
And, of course, one carefully planned, coldly executed murder.
Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/murderonhigh
Author Bio –
Paula Williams is living her dream. She’s written all her life – her earliest efforts involved blackmailing her unfortunate younger brothers into appearing in her plays and pageants. But it’s only in recent years that she discovered, to her surprise, that people with better judgement than her brothers actually liked what she wrote and were prepared to pay her for it.
Now, she writes every day in a lovely, book-lined study in her home in Somerset, UK, where she lives with her husband and a handsome but not always obedient rescue dog, a Dalmatian called Duke. She is very proud to be a member of both the UK Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Crime Writers’ Association.
Her Much Winchmoor Mysteries are based in a small Somerset village which bears in uncanny resemblance to her own – although none of her friends and neighbours have murderous tendencies – as far as she knows! Her novels often feature a murder or two, a dog and cat or two and are always spiked with humour and sprinkled with a touch of romance.
Paula is, indeed, living her dream. But she worries that one day she’s going to wake up and find she still has to bully her brothers into performing ‘the play what she wrote’.
Social Media Links –
Blog. at https://paulawilliamswriter.com/
Facebook author page is https://www.facebook.com/paula.williams.author
3 thoughts on “Murder on High by Paula Williams”
Thank you so much for this lovely review Karen. I am so pleased you enjoyed Murder on High. You have made my day!
Thank you so much for this lovely review, Karen. I am so pleased you enjoyed Murder on High. You have really made my day!
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You’re such a talented writer, it was a joy to read!