Today I’m taking part in a blog tour for another Fiona Leitch book, having loved the previous one I read, Murder Ahoy!.
Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
The Book: Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is back!
When a body turned up at her last catering gig it certainly put people off the hor d’oeuvres. So with a reputation to salvage, Jodie’s determined that her next job for the village’s festival will go without a hitch.
But when chaos breaks out, Jodie Parker somehow always finds herself in the picture.
The body of a writer from the festival is discovered at the bottom of a cliff, and the prime suspect is the guest of honour, the esteemed painter Duncan Stovall. With her background in the Met police, Jodie has got solving cases down to a fine art and she knows things are rarely as they seem.
Can she find the killer before the village faces another brush with death?
The second book in the Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker cosy mystery series. Can be read as a standalone. A humorous cosy mystery with a British female sleuth in a small village. Includes one of Jodie’s Tried and Tested Recipes! Written in British English. Mild profanity and peril.
The Review: This was a fun read. I’ve not read the first book in the series yet, but that didn’t impact on this at all as there’s enough background explanation of the characters.
Although Jodie is involved in catering parts of the town’s gala day (don’t call it a fete!) she spends much if the story trying to investigate a suspicious death, trying not to annoy the local DCI and deciding how she feels about the famous painter that the gala day has brought in.
I really liked Jodie as a character. She’s trying to adjust to what seems to be a recent change in circumstances. She’s also really realistic which perhaps sounds odd, but I liked her being unsure about what she wanted to do, having takeaways when she didn’t feel like cooking and basically being a normal person which made it easy to relate to her. The suspicious death and investigation of it kept me guessing. It unfolded as the story progressed and I really liked the way the layers to it were revealed.
As I’ve said this is a fun read and being only the second in the series I feel it’s got the series off to a good start and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes next.
Fiona Leitch is a writer with a chequered past. She’s written for football and motoring magazines, DJ’ed at illegal raves and is a stalwart of the low budget TV commercial, even appearing as the Australasian face of a cleaning product called ‘Sod Off’. Her debut novel ‘Dead in Venice’ was published by Audible in 2018 as one of their Crime Grant finalists. After living in London, Hastings and Cornwall she’s finally settled in sunny New Zealand, where she enjoys scaring her cats by trying out dialogue on them. She spends her days dreaming of retiring to a crumbling Venetian palazzo, walking on the windswept beaches of West Auckland, and writing funny, flawed but awesome female characters.
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