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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

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 Hattie are both at crossroads in their lives, so news of their brother's baking competition is the perfect excuse to bring them to Millbrook. And as the siblings relish each other's company, and Robert relishes being at the heart of his community, a summer of scones may just light the way to long-lasting happiness for them all.

Enjoy Judy Leigh's wonderful world of family, friendship and feasting in this perfect feel-good story for all fans of Maddie Please, Dawn French and Caroline James.

My Thoughts

Another Judy Leigh novel aways holds out the promise of lashings of humour and some down to earth characters. This one is no exception. Here we see the lives of three siblings and how their lives in late middle age have lived up to their expectations. You are always sure that they have great affection for each other and that each can see in their sibling, just what changes will help them to be happy. Hattie is aware that her life has been dominated by her ex husband but needs encouragement to make any changes. Her sister, Bunty, is incorrigible and arrives unexpectedly with a new boyfriend in tow. It does not take long to get the measure of him. In Dorset, Robert has carved a solitary but contented life, quite unaware of the effect he has on the locals. 

    There is much humour in the villagers but also some good common sense on the best way forward. Love and change may appear unexpectedly but you certainly sense that by the end of the story, there will be some new beginnings.

In short: love, affection, friendship

About the Author

Judy Leigh is the USA Today bestselling author of The Old Girls’ Network and Five French Hens and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.

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



  1. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing my book and for your kind words. Sending warmest wishes, J x


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