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A Body in the village Hall by Dee NacDonald **Book Review** @bookouture

Happy Monday all

How’s life treating you? Read any good books lately?This was a fun cozy who done it with a charming setting!

My Thoughts

A cozy and charming who done it. Kate is a nurse who just moved to a small village in Cornwall for a quieter life. *Kate must not read enough, seems as though every time you move to a small village for a quieter life things happen* not Long after Kate and her sister arrive in the village a body is discovered and the victim was killed by her own cake knife. Kate soon learns through the village grapevine and her patients that the victim Fenella had a lot of enemies. A lot of enemies equals a lot of suspects, and Kate is determined to suss out the culprit. Local police chief Woody Forest *Best name ever* ends up teaming up with Cate to puzzle together the mystery. OK a little far-fetched that the police would welcome a civilian into the investigation. BUT Kate is an expert. She has watched lots and lots of murder mysteries on television, make sense. *so now I’m thinking I too am an expert* In spite of Kates questionable expertise she was a great character and this was a fun book. I loved puzzling the mystery together and was suspicious of everyone in the village at one time or another. The setting was so charming I absolutely loved how the village and the surrounding area was described. An entertaining start to what looks like a compelling new cozy mystery series.

*** Big thank you to Bookouture for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

Kate Palmer is more than ready for the quiet life in Lower Tinworthy, Cornwall. But within weeks of her arrival, a woman is found dead in the village hall, stabbed to death with her own kitchen knife…

The victim is Fenella Barker-Jones: chairwoman of the Women’s Institute, doyenne of the amateur dramatic society, and reigning champion of the WI cake-baking contest. But whilst she may have been at the centre of village life, there were plenty who had reason to dislike her – as Kate is about to find out.

As a practice nurse and one of the first on the scene, Kate can’t help but get drawn into the investigation. Her patients are only too eager to tell her about the victim’s extra-curricular activities and, the more Kate hears about Fenella, the more the list of suspects grows: it seems half the village wanted her dead.

Kate’s sister Angie tells her to leave it alone, but Kate can’t resist piecing together the clues. Especially not if brings her closer to the handsome Detective Inspector ‘Woody’ Forrest, who is near to retiring himself and determined to crack his last case.

But when someone breaks into Kate’s home and leaves a warning note on her pillow, it becomes clear the murderer is prepared to do anything to keep their identity hidden… Will Kate and Woody work out who’s responsible, before she becomes the next victim?

If you love murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or Joy Ellis, then this page-turning novel will have you reading late into the night!


About the Author

Aged 18, Dee arrived in London from Scotland and typed her way round the West End for a couple of years before joining BOAC (forerunner of British Airways) in Passenger Services for 2 years and then as a stewardess for 8 years.

She has worked in Market Research, Sales and at the Thames TV Studios when they had the franchise.

Dee has since relocated to Cornwall, where she spent 10 years running B&Bs, and only began writing when she was over 70!

Married twice, she has one son and two grandsons.  

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