Wednesday, the 8th of April–time for Shelf Control! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it. If you participate, link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks!

After a couple of weeks of picking young-adult fantasies (here and here) and some popular fiction (here), I’m back to my favourite genre, mysteries. This time my pick is one I have waiting on kindle–The Case of the Screaming Beauty by Alison Golden and Grace Dagnall. This is the first of a series featuring Inspector David Graham (six books so far, see Goodreads here). This one is set in Lavender bed and breakfast in Chiddlinghurst, which has a ‘rich Tudor atmosphere, an enviously manicured lawn’, and a dead body! Found in one of the rooms is Norah Travis who has been murdered–with no witnesses and no motive. Inspector Graham and Sergeant Harris investigate. While the proprietors of the Bed and Breakfast seem to have nothing to hide, a long-time guest is shifty, while there are a number of suspects from an ex-husband to a housekeeper, and questions. This one is described as a ‘modern murder mystery with on old-fashioned feel’.

The author: Raised in Befordshire, England, Alison Golden is the author of the Inspector Graham, Revd. Annabelle Dixon, and Diana Hunter books; the first two are cosy mysteries, the last a thriller. She is now based in San Francisco.

I have read another of the Inspector Graham mysteries, The Case of the Hidden Flame earlier, in which the Inspector, newly posted to Jersey, finds himself investigating the first murder his new police station has seen in decades, a body found at the beach, of a guest staying at the White House Inn, where he is also staying. This was a light-hearted and quick cosy which I enjoyed reading (review here). The Case of the Screaming Beauty, which is set prior in time to this one (I think it was a prequel, but it appears as book 1 in the series now), seems to be on the same lines and sounds like one which will be a fun read.

Have you read this one or any others in this series? Which ones and how did you like them? Looking forward to your thoughts!

The cover image is from goodreads as always, as is the info about the book (here) and author (here)

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