Book Review: The Maid by Nita Prose

My thanks to Harper Collins UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. I’ve seen nothing but the highest praise for Nita Prose's The Maid, and having finally read it, I found that all of it was well deserved. It not only lived up to its promise but more. The book was compelling,…

Book Review: A Three Book Problem by Vicki Delaney

My thanks to Crooked Lane books and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. A Three Book Problem is the seventh of a cosy mystery series, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries. The series centres around Gemma Doyle, a British woman who has moved to West London in the United States where she helps her…

Book Review: Murder on the Pier by Merryn Allingham

My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Murder at the Pier is the second in the Flora Steele series of cosy mysteries by Merryn Allingham set in 1950s England, the first of which I’d read and reviewed a few months ago.  Twenty-five-year-old Flora Steele lives in the small village…

Book Review: Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs

Death of a Busybody (1942) is the third of a series of nearly sixty mystery books featuring Inspector (later Chief Inspector, etc.) Thomas Littlejohn, published between 1941 and 1980. Death of a Busybody brings us to one of twin villages, Hilary Magna (the other being Hilary Parva), where the skinny and scholarly vicar, Rev. Ethelred…

Book Review: Murder in the Village by Lisa Cutts

My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. In Murder in the Village, the first in the Belinda Penshurst series of mysteries, we meet Belinda Penshurt, who is a little over forty and living in her family home—the village manor/castle—in the village of Little Challham. Belinda has invested in various…

Book Review: Murder at the Seaview Hotel by Glenda Young

My thanks to Headline and NetGalley for a review copy of the book. Murder at the Seaview Hotel is the first in a cosy mystery series set in Scarborough. We meet 48-year-old Helen Dexter who has just a few months ago lost her beloved husband Tom to cancer. After having spent a couple of months…

Book Review: The Bookshop Murder by Merryn Allingham

My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. The Bookshop Murder is the first in the Flora Steele series of cosy mysteries set in 1950s England. In the book, we meet Flora Steele, a twenty-five-year old, who has inherited a bookshop, the All’s Well, and a cottage from her aunt,…

Book Review: Death and Croissants by Ian Moore

My thanks to Farrago Books and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Death and Croissants is the first of the Follet Valley Mysteries and is a crazy, quirky, comic, and slightly over the top cosy mystery. In the book, we meet Richard Ainsworth, a middle-aged Englishman who has moved to the bucolic Loire…