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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

Love at First Site by Phoebe MacLeod #Review

I am delighted to be taking part in the celebrations for Love at First Site by Phoebe MacLeod. It is published on July 25th by Boldwood Books

It’s a relationship under construction, and there are no warning signs…

Project Manager Ella Mackenzie thought she had her whole life perfectly mapped out – just like one of her colour-coded spreadsheets.  She is the last person to do anything reckless or impulsive.

But when her and her terrible boyfriend split, she is left single, homeless and without a backup plan.

Suddenly, her whole worldly belongings are crammed into the back of her little Fiat, and she’s driving two-hundred-and-fifty miles across the country to start a new job that she should never have accepted in an industry she knows nothing about. What could possibly go wrong?

Ella doesn’t know the first thing about building sites, but thankfully Noah Harris is an expert in construction and is there to show her the ropes (and the ladders).

And, as Ella is about to find out, he’s an expert in a few other things too…

My Thoughts

 I really enjoyed the underlying tone of humour which is written through the story. She is used to keeping her personal life separate from her working life but that leaves her open to being misled and betrayed. She always keeps your sympathy however and I found that I liked her in every context we met her. Her family care about her but you understood her impatience with the fuss that she encountered there. It is when Ella goes to her new job that the comedy really kicks in.

    This is an entertaining read. I particularly enjoyed John's contribution. You soon realise that there is more to him than the grumpy builder he at first appears, with a blanket dislike of women working on building sites. With the slow burn romance with the personable Noah, this is a lovely way to spend a weekend's reading. 

In short: witty and amusing writing 

About the Author


Phoebe MacLeod is the author of several popular laugh-out-loud romantic comedies. She mainly sets her books in her home county of Kent and her first new title for Boldwood will be published in November 2022. They will also be republishing her existing titles from August this year.


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

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