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Death at Lovers Leap by Catherine Coles #Review#PublicationDay

    Today I am featuring the third in a cozy crime series by Catherine Coles , The Martha Miller Mysteries . Death at Lovers' Leap is published today, on February 16th by Boldwood Books .You can read my review of the first in the series, Poison at the Village Show   here amd the second, Death at the Country Fair   here .     Westleham Village 1948 As Valentine's Day rolls around, Martha Miller finds herself unusually melancholy at the state of her own love life. With husband Stan still missing and with her growing feelings for Vicar Luke still shrouded in secrecy, there’s only one place Martha can go - famous local beauty spot, Lovers' Leap. Legend has it that those with a broken heart throw themselves off the bridge that spans the river, but Martha is certainly not about to do such a thing! But it looks like someone else has had other ideas…. Because there in the river, Martha finds a body. But is this misadventure, a moment of lovesick madness, or is foul play a

The Bespokist Society Guide to ... London ** Blog Tour Interview**


 
Today we have something a little out of the ordinary: The Bespokist Society Guide to London. If you are looking for a serious guide to the sights and culture of 2018 London, you might consider looking elsewhere because as you will soon see, the authors tongues are very much in their cheeks. Here we have a pocket-sized, spoof travel guide to London, featuring parody 'go-to' destinations in London, and interviews with fictional London characters - all the while, gently poking fun at current urban trends and the 'luxe' side of marketing. 

Here's how the publishers describe it:


As the first travel book produced by the hugely influential Bespokist Society, this handy guide takes you to a London you’ve never seen: a London of challenging Etruscan restaurants, edgy branding parlours, emoji hotels and hidden Icelandic communities; a London where 8-ply toilet paper is a thing.

On the way, meet an eclectic band of inspiring Londoners - from scriveners to socialites via urban wordsmiths and coffee preachers - and see why London is now the global epicentre of Bespokist consciousness, community and culture.
 
I am lucky to be able to bring you an interview with one of its characters, Flora Tilson of Her Margesty’s Pleasure,
sponsored by The Bespokist Society Guide to…London

Q : Flora, five years ago there was a feeling that margarine was going out of fashion. What changed?

F : I think what happened was something of a grass roots movement. There was a group of millennials like me who’d grown up on margarine and loved the taste. But we also knew that in giving us margarine our parents had exposed us to incredibly damaging chemicals that were now causing huge health issues - from Type 2 Arthritis all the way through to dry skin. If we were going to bring back margarine as a serious spread we needed to roll our sleeves up and do it for ourselves.

Q: How did you carry it off?

F : Back in 2015 a lot of us were playing around with different flavours and combinations. It was a mad, crazy time and we had a lot of fun! I remember staying up til 1am one night with mates mixing some almond and cashew oils someone had blagged from a local farmer! But at the back of my mind I knew that one day I had to get serious - so I invested in an industrial churning machine and at the same time started to work really hard at putting my own personality into my spreads.

Q: What made you decide to open an actual margarinerie?

F: The truth is I was getting so many mums on the school run badgering me for my latest creations that I was absolutely exhausted! My house had inadvertently become an artisanal workshop and I was even getting people turning up on my doorstep at 5am demanding some marge for their breakfast crumpet! Enough was enough. I heard on the school grapevine about a garage owner under the arches in Catford who was struggling to pay the rent and I managed to persuade the landlord to turf him out. The rest is history!

Q : Where do you see artisanal margarine in the next 5 years?

F: Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon so there will obviously be a lot more of it. But I really fear for the quality if that starts happening and ultimately it will be our kids that suffer – like our generation did back in the 90s . I will just keep focusing on creating delicious, ethical and biospheric spreads and hope that people like what they taste.

Thank you so much, Flora, for sharing your thoughts on artisan margarine. Any plans on diversifying into artisan lard or dripping? 

                                                                      About the Authors

Who are we? 
 
​A social collective with a passion for the curated and the bespoke. Current chairman is Tommy Sponge

​Where did it begin?

​Like the impressionists who forged an artistic movement in the fin de siecle coffee shops of Paris, The Bespokist Society began in a biospheric winery in Norbiton in 2013.

Jez Tapano
Born : Easter Island
Lives : Plaistow
Favourite drink : Messy Monk IPA
Favourite food : Heritage carrots
Favourite hangout : Vine n Vinyl of course!

Nastya Petrov
 Born : Vladivostock
​Lives : Harrow on the Hill
​Favourite drink : Dagenham Gin on the rocks
​Favourite food : Rare breed walrus
​Favourite hangout : Nina Saviceu gallery


 You can follow the authors here:  
Website     Twitter

Book link: Amazon UK 
 

ISBN-10: 1912615142
ISBN-13: 978-1912615148


Thanks to Acorn Independent Press and Anne Cater of Randon Things Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  

Do catch up with the rest of the tour! 




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