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Sunny Sundays at Primrose Hall by Jill Steeples #Review

  I am delighted to be on the tour to celebrate a return to Primrose Hall. Sunny Sundays at Primrose Hall by Jill Steeple was published by Boldwood Books on April 15th.   Primrose Hall is more than Jackson Moody and his fiancée Pia’s home – it’s the heart of the community. The Sunday craft fairs in the renovated stables are a popular draw for the locals and tourists alike, enticed by the beautiful surroundings of Primrose Woods as well as the irresistible goodies on display. But for Sophie Wright they’re a chance to forge a new life and a new business. After leaving behind a turbulent relationship, Sophie is starting again – and romance is the last thing on her mind. Drop dead gorgeous Tom Moody, Lord of the Manor Jackson’s newly-discovered older brother, is loving being a member of the Primrose Hall community. Content to muck in where he can be helpful, he’s just happy to be part of the family. But when tragedy strikes, Pia needs Tom more than he ever expected. And when Tom ne

Murder in Tuscany by TAWilliams #Review #ArmstrongOscarCozyMysteryBook1


 Having loved all the TA Williams romances, I was intrigued to see that he has written some cozy crime! Murder in Tuscany was published by Boldwood Books on October 18th.

A remote retreat…

Nestled high in the Tuscan hills lies Villa Volpone, home to renowned crime writer Jonah Moore and his creative writing course. It’s also the last place retired DCI Dan Armstrong expected to spend his retirement! Dan’s no writer, but maybe this break will help him to think about the next chapter in his own life story?

A gruesome murder…

But only days into the course, Jonah Moore is found stabbed to death with his award-winning silver dagger! And Dan finds himself pulled out of retirement with a killer to catch.

Eleven possible suspects.

The other guests all seem shocked by Jonah’s death, but Dan knows that one of them must be lying. And as he and Italian Commissario Virgilio Pisano begin to investigate it quickly becomes clear that everyone at Villa Volpone has secrets to hide…

But can Dan discover who the murderer is before they strike again?

 

My Thoughts 

This is a promising departure into a new genre with a relatable main character taking on the role of the sleuth. Dan Armstrong, as an ex-police detective, commands the respect of the Tuscan detectives who are called on to investigate the mysterious murder at the writing retreat which Dan is attending. I enjoyed the gentle humour to be had at the expense of Dan’s fellow writers and there some quirky characters amongst them. 

    I was overjoyed to see that the author’s favourite black Labrador made an appearance in these new series of novels. Oscar had all the characteristics of his breed with a never ending appetite and zest for life. He also turned out to be an excellent judge of character. Set in beautiful Tuscany, there is plenty to delight the reader with some lovely descriptions of the countryside and food of the area. With a few red herrings and carefully laid clues to intrigue, this  makes for an entertaining read and I am hoping for a few more investigations from this Englishman abroad in the future. 


In short: murder, mysteries and mayhem 

About the Author

T A Williams is the author of over twenty bestselling romances for HQ and Canelo and is now turning his hand to cosy crime, set in his beloved Italy, for Boldwood. The series will introduce us to retired DCI Armstrong and his labrador Oscar and the first book, entitled Murder in Tuscany, will be published in October 2022. Trevor lives in Devon with his Italian wife.

You can follow Trevor here: Twitter | Website | Facebook 

Book links: Amazon UK   
You can read my reviews of some of Trevor's books here: Dreaming of Christmas |  Dreaming of Florence   |   Dreaming of St Tropez| Dreaming of Rome | Dreaming of Verona | Dreaming of Italy
  
Thanks to T A Williams, Boldwood Books, and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the event.

 

 


 



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