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Second Chance Summer by Phillipa Ashley #Review

  I an delighted to be part of the celebrations for Phillipa Ashley's Summer novel, Second Chance Summer which was published by Penguin on June 6th. From the moment Lily Harper arrives at a remote retreat on the breath-taking Scilly Isles, she is itching to get back to civilisation - and her thriving business. Slowing Down simply isn't in her vocabulary, and so she quickly clashes with the gorgeous but dour Sam who runs the retreat. Just as Lily is about to give up and leave, disaster strikes, and she is involved in an incident that changes her perspective on everything. Lily is no longer sure she wants to return to the life she thought she loved. But will she have the courage to give the retreat, and Sam, a second chance? Praise for the Author ‘Full of genuine warmth and quirky characters’   Woman’s Own ‘Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!’ Jill Mansell ‘Utterly glorious … one of the freshest voices to emerge in women's fiction today’   Cl

Daggers at the Country Fair by Catherine Coles #Review


Today I am featuring the second in a cozy crime series by Catherine Coles, The Martha Miller Mysteries. Daggers at the Country Fair was published on September 26th by Boldwood Books.You can read my review of the first in the series, Poison at the Village Show here.

Winteringham Village 1947

As a thank you for her previous brilliant crime solving, amateur sleuth, Martha Miller is guest of honour at the Winteringham Country Fair. However, this time she is looking forward to simply judging dog shows and eating cream teas rather than apprehending a killer!

And Martha is just beginning to enjoy spending quality time with Vicar Luke Walker away from the prying eyes and gossips of her own village, when disaster strikes, and the local teenage femme fatale is found stabbed to death behind the tea tent by Martha’s trusted red setter Lizzie!

But who would want to kill such a young girl and why? Someone in the village has secrets to hide and it seems Martha and Luke have another case to solve!

Let the investigation commence

My Thoughts

In this the second of the series, Martha gets to travel out of her village to Winteringham. Her fame as a solver of mysteries has started to grow! Accompanied by the Vicar Luke Walker, she meets another group of local characters and stumbles upon a shocking murder. Enjoying all the features of a cozy crime novel, I was able to settle into the story and particularly appreciated the gathering of all the suspects for the grand reveal.

    The growing relationship between Martha and Luke moved on a little but theirs is a complicated friendship, hampered by her marital status and his status as the vicar. They make a great double act but at times, Martha gets frustrated at how she, as a woman, is perceived. The story captures the feel of the times and has a lovely period, nostalgic air. This is a series which can run and run and is well worth investing your time.

In short: clues and red herrings abound!

About the Author

Catherine Coles writes bestselling cosy mysteries set in the English countryside. Her extremely popular Tommy & Evelyn Christie series is based in North Yorkshire in the 1920’s and Catherine herself lives in Hull with her family and two spoiled dogs.

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Book link: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Catherine Coles, Boldwood and Rachel of  Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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