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The Vintage Village Bake Off by Judy Leigh #Review

  Here we are with another amusing romcom by Judy Leigh . The Vintage Village Bake Off was published by Boldwood Books on December 4th. Now in his seventies, Robert Parkin is stunned to find himself the unlikely sex symbol of the village gardening club. Living in happy solitude with his cat Isaac Mewton in the Devon village of Millbrook, entertained by his mischievous chickens and goats, Robert has never figured out the rules of romance. But as the local ladies vie for his company, it soon becomes clear that Robert's Victoria Sponge cake is the lure, and as his baking prowess grows, so does his confidence. Cheesecakes, meringues, puddings, Robert can do it all, but his real masterpieces are his scones - ginger, rosemary, coconut, fruit, his recipes are inspired and soon come to the attention of the local media. Which county does the best cream tea - Devon or Cornwall? It's time for an age-old debate to be settled with a competition. Robert's sisters Bunty and Ha

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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