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A Christmas Miracle in the Little Irish Village by Michelle Vernal #Review

  Michelle Vernal's A Christmas Miracle in the Little Irish Village was published on September 27th by Bookoutre . Ava Kelly loves returning to Emerald Bay for Christmas. Snowflakes fall on the green rolling hills and mulled wine fills The Shamrock Inn with the smell of winter spice. But this year, the Kelly family is hoping for a miracle… When twenty-four-year-old Ava Kelly and her adventurous twin Grace return home to The Shamrock Inn, their Ma’s favourite baubles bring back so many memories of Christmases past. They have always done everything together, even leaving their little Irish village for the excitement of London. But with the locket her handsome ex Shane gave her hanging just above her heart, Ava has just one wish this festive season… After a year stuck in a job she can’t stand and going on dreadful dates, Ava longs to be back with Shane. Curling up in front of the fire with him, the brooding fisherman everyone else sees melts away as his blue eyes meet hers.

Death comes to Bishops Wells by Anna Legat #Review


For those of you who enjoy a cosy mystery, I have just the thing today. Death Comes to Bishops Well is the first in the Shires Mystery series by Anna Legat. It was published on August 26th by Headline Accent.

When Sam Dee moves to the beautiful Wiltshire village of Bishops Well, he expects a quiet life of country walks and pub lunches. OK, so his new neighbour, Maggie Kaye, is a little peculiar, but she’s very nice – and his old pal Richard Ruta lives just down the road.

But when Richard throws one of his famous parties, things take a sinister turn. Sam, Maggie and the rest of the guests are dumbfounded when Richard falls down dead. A horrible tragedy – or a cunningly planned murder?

With a village full of suspects – and plenty of dark secrets – just who exactly would want to bump off their host? Is there a connection to another mysterious death, nearly twenty years before?

Armed with her local knowledge, Maggie – with Sam’s reluctant but indispensable help – is soon on the case. But when the body count starts to rise, will sleepy Bishops Well ever be the same again?

 My Thoughts

If ever there was a story with lots of twists and turns, this is it. It has all the hall marks of a cosy mystery, starting with the idyllic rural village setting and then the introduction of a raft of characters and therefore possible suspects. The two amateur detectives play their part and there is plenty of gentle humour to carry the story on.

    The two main characters are more mature which is a refreshing change and have plenty of life experience to draw on. Sam, recently widowed, has moved to the village and finds himself living next door to Maggie. What he does not realise is that she can see ghosts. They add a certain whimsy to the story! What they both share is an insatiable sense of curiosity which leads them into quite an investigation. There is plenty of potential in this series for the characters to grow and I shall be interested to see if they feature in Book 2 of this new series.

In short: murder and intrigue abound

About the Author


Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. Murder isn't the only thing on her mind. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from dark humorous comedy, through magic realism to dystopian. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.

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Book links:  Amazon UK  |  Amazon US

Thanks to Anna Legat, Headline Accent and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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