Murder at the Summer Fete is a cosy crime novel, the second book in the Dedley End Mysteries and I would recommend you read Book 1 first (Murder at the House on the Hill), but you can read this as a standalone if you prefer.
Nancy Hunter owns the Dedley Endings Bookshop, she took over once her gran Jane retired. Her best friend Jonathan Murphy is assistant editor for the local paper The Cotswold Star. In the first book, the three of them teamed up to solve a crime in the village of Dedley End and this time, they again join forces when another mystery happens.
It’s the Dedley End summer fete and the guest of honour is famous author Thomas Green, whose latest book A Perfect Murder is being released. He is doing a talk and book signing at the summer fete and is accompanied by his wife Sasha, agent Nathan Loveday and bodyguard Derek. But before the talk can begin, a dead body is found. Has there been another murder in the usually quiet village?
I really enjoyed this, it’s easy to get into and the characters are all wonderful. I loved the community feel with lots of interesting villagers and village settings – the pub, church, café, book shop, etc.
Victoria’s writing style is lovely and she includes plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader wanting to know what happens, while staying firmly in the cosy mystery genre with no gore or horror. I read this book in two days and would definitely read more of her novels.
9 out of 10
Murder At The Summer Fete
A fete worse than death…
After finding the killer of Lucy Roth six months ago, life has settled back to normal for bookshop owner, Nancy Hunter, and her grandmother, Jane. The annual Dedley End village fete is just around the corner, and Nancy is delighted when bestselling author, Thomas Green, agrees to launch his first new novel in ten years there.
But then a series of sinister events lead Nancy to realise someone is trying to sabotage their fete, so she, along with Jane and their journalist friend Jonathan, must turn detective to discover who isn’t at all thrilled about the return of Thomas Green.
When a body is discovered at the summer fete, the death scene mirroring that in Thomas’ latest bestseller, they realise that there’s another killer in Dedley End, but can they outsmart someone who appears to have pulled off the perfect crime?
The clues are right under Nancy and Jane’s noses, if only they can find them. Because the answers to life’s questions can always be found in a book…!
A twisty, unputdownable cozy mystery that fans of Richard Osman, S.J. Bennett and The Marlow Murder Club will love.
Author Bio – Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of the bestselling GLENDALE HALL series, which continues with its third book HOPEFUL HEARTS at GLENDALE HALL in September, as well as two other standalone novels – SUMMER at the KINDNESS CAFE, and THE SECOND LOVE of my LIFE. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for two RNA awards. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim.
Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.
Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at:https://victoria-writes.com/.