Excited to share with you my review for this delightful story! Thank you Rachel for my invitation to the tour and Stephanie for her lovely story!🦙
Grumbling guests and escaping piglets are precisely what Martha doesn’t need. She’s already struggling to run a holiday cottage and a rather large smallholding single-handedly. Since her husband Mark died, three years ago, her rural property in France, beautiful as it is, has become an increasingly heavy millstone around her neck.
So whilst she’s horrified to stumble across a corpse at the local farm supplies shop, it does at least distract her from her own woes. Best friend Lottie, the cheese to Martha’s chalk, swoops in to offer moral support, and encourages Martha to join her in some unofficial sleuthing. Meanwhile, police officer Philippe Prudhomme, a former fellow chess-player of Mark’s, undertakes a rather more professional investigation.
However, despite everyone’s efforts the killer remains at large. And when more bodies (one and a bit, to be precise) come Martha’s way, it definitely feels like he’s closing in on her…
There’s suspense, humour and excitement in this entertaining cosy mystery set in the French countryside.
Stephanie Dagg has crafted a clever and entertaining story. A lovely cozy mystery with a thread of humor running throughout. Set in France Martha lives on a farm full of furry and feathery friends. Martha’s husband Mark died prematurely a few years ago and left Martha in charge of the farm. This included a barn full of animals, out of date machinery, and irascible tenants. It’s no wonder that Martha found it a welcome distraction when she discovered a body at the local feed store. Yes you heard that right a body and a Little more.
Martha was a character who grew on me throughout the story and I enjoyed trying to figure out the mystery. The animals were a lot of fun and added a lot of humor and heart to this story. This book really had everything you want in a cozy mystery. Quirky lovable characters, a lovely quaint setting, and an interesting mystery. I enjoyed all the characters in this book, the two-legged and the four-legged, and even the ones I did not like. A perfect cozy mystery full of all the charm I’ve come to expect from Stephanie Dagg.
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Author Bio –
I’m an English expat living in France, having moved here with my family in 2006 after fourteen years as an expat in Ireland. Taking on seventy-five acres with three lakes, two hovels and one cathedral-sized barn, not to mention an ever increasing menagerie of animals, has made for exciting times. The current array of creatures ranges from alpacas to zebra finches, with pretty much everything in-between! Before we came to France all we had was a dog and two chickens, so it’s been a steep learning curve.
I’m married to Chris and we have three bilingual TCKs (third culture kids) who are resilient and resourceful and generally wonderful.
I’m a traditionally-published author of many children’s books, and am now self-publishing too. As well as being an author, I’m also a part-time editor and, with Chris, manager of three carp fishing lakes. My hobbies are cycling, geocaching, knitting and sewing.
Social Media Links – @llamamum