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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

A Messy Affair by Elizabeth Mundy #Review

 Today, I am featuring the latest standalone novel in Elizabeth Mundy's Lena Szarka Mysteries Series, A Messy Affair. It is the third in the series and was published on 2nd January by Constable Little,Brown.

The only way is murder…

Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner working in London, is forced to brush up on her detective skills for a third time when her cousin Sarika is plunged into danger.

Sarika and her reality TV star boyfriend Terry both receive threatening notes.  When Terry stops calling, Lena assumes he’s lost interest. Until he turns up. Dead. Lena knows she must act fast to keep her cousin from the same fate.

Scrubbing her way through the grubby world of reality television, online dating and betrayed lovers, Lena finds it harder than she thought to discern what’s real – and what’s just for the cameras.

My Thoughts

I haven't read any of the earlier books in this series, but that didn't seem to matter. I was able to enjoy it just the same. Lena proved to be a feisty and determined sleuth with the perfect cover for her investigating activities- that of a cleaner. Able to go about unremarked on, she can watch and listen, swallowed up in the background to people's lives. 

    Lena's strong sense of family draws her into this mystery. References to Reality Television and multicultural life gives this cosy crime a slight edge which feels current. I also enjoyed the lightness of touch in the writing. It was light-hearted and never gruesome. The plot however turned out to be quite dense with some twists and turns along the way. In all, it is well worth a read.

In short: A satisfying cosy crime with an up to date edge. 
About the Author

Elizabeth Mundy’s grandmother was a Hungarian immigrant to America who raised five children on a chicken farm in Indiana. Elizabeth is a marketing director for an investment firm and lives in London with her messy husband and two young children. She writes the Lena Szarka Mysteries, featuring a Hungarian cleaner as detective.  

You can follow Elizabeth here: Twitter  |  Facebook   |  Instagram 
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Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US

Thanks to Elizabeth Mundy, Constable Little,Brown and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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