#BlogTour #Review : Murder at the Summer Fete by Victoria Walters. @rararesources @Vicky_Walters @HeraBooks

Having read and reviewed the first Dedley End Mystery book here, I couldn’t resist the offer of being part of the blog tour for the second book. 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:

A fete worse than death…

After finding the killer of Lucy Roth six months ago, life has settled back to normal for bookshop owner, Nancy Hunter, and her grandmother, Jane. The annual Dedley End village fete is just around the corner, and Nancy is delighted when bestselling author, Thomas Green, agrees to launch his first new novel in ten years there.

But then a series of sinister events lead Nancy to realise someone is trying to sabotage their fete, so she, along with Jane and their journalist friend Jonathan, must turn detective to discover who isn’t at all thrilled about the return of Thomas Green.

When a body is discovered at the summer fete, the death scene mirroring that in Thomas’ latest bestseller, they realise that there’s another killer in Dedley End, but can they outsmart someone who appears to have pulled off the perfect crime?

The clues are right under Nancy and Jane’s noses, if only they can find them. Because the answers to life’s questions can always be found in a book…!

A twisty, unputdownable cozy mystery that fans of Richard Osman, S.J. Bennett and The Marlow Murder Club will love.

Purchase Links

AMZ: https://amzn.to/3HE7928

Kobo: https://bit.ly/3JLSUtX

Apple: https://apple.co/3zDUyte

The Review: Having read and enjoyed the first book set in Dedley End, I was looking forward to the second one and wasn’t disappointed. This one takes place a few months after book 1 and though it makes some reference to events in that book I believe it could be read as a stand alone. We meet again Jane, Nancy and Jonathan (who still irritates me) and follow them through being concerned about threats to a visiting author, the discovery of a dead body, and the final outcome. Once again I was transported to the lovely village of Dedley End which is everything a country village should be, welcoming and cosy, with lovely buildings and a good pub. Again I questioned whether I would do what Jane and Nancy did but, even if I disagreed with their decisions, it was still enjoyable following them through the course of the story.

What I like about these books are the characters. It feels as if they could be the people in the house in the next street. Although they decide to solve crimes that happen on their doorstep the rest of the time they have the same lives and concerns as anyone else and that makes it easy to relate to them, question their decisions, worry about them if they are in danger, etc, which is something I enjoy when I’m reading as it brings the story and the characters to life.

As with a lot of people, especially at the moment, I have few personal things going on in my life so being able to virtually travel to a fairly sleepy village with good people and a bit of mystery and drama is just the type of escapism I need at the moment. The next best thing to being able to visit the bookshop and go for an evening walk with the dog, is being able to read about it and feel as if I am there as well, for everything they experience, and I look forward to that continuing in the next book.

The Author:

Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of the bestselling GLENDALE HALL series, which continues with its third book HOPEFUL HEARTS at GLENDALE HALL in September, as well as two other standalone novels – SUMMER at the KINDNESS CAFE, and THE SECOND LOVE of my LIFE. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for two RNA awards. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim.

Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.

Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at:https://victoria-writes.com/

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