Rough and Deadly #BookReview #BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources

Written by Paula Williams


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Rough and Deadly




Everyone knows Abe Compton’s Headbender cider is as rough as a cider can get. But is it deadly?

When self-styled ‘lady of the manor’, Margot Duckett-Trimble, announces she wouldn’t be seen dead drinking the stuff, who could have foreseen that, only a few days later, she’d be found, face down, in a vat of it?

Kat Latcham’s no stranger to murder. Indeed, the once ‘sleepy’ Somerset village of Much Winchmoor is fast gaining a reputation as the murder capital of the West Country and is ‘as sleepy as a kid on Christmas Eve’ when it’s discovered there’s a murderer running loose in the community again.

Kat has known Abe all her life, and she is sure that, although he had motive, he didn’t kill Margot. But as she investigates, the murderer strikes again. And the closer Kat gets to finding out who the real killer is, the closer to danger she becomes.

This second Much Winchmoor mystery is once again spiked with humour and sprinkled with romance – plus a cast of colourful characters, including a manic little dog called Prescott whose bite is definitely worse than his bark.




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Superb Entertaining Mystery!  Stars 5


A superb mystery in the ‘cosy’ category; lots going on and no shortage of suspects!

Kat Latcham’s finances have forced her back home to live with her parents in the village of Much Winchmoor – a small village where gossip carries on the wind, and spreads at twice the speed of light. When a body is found and the police declare murder, Kat’s journalistic brain goes into overload and she suspects everyone. If only that was all she had to worry about . . .

It’s a really solid mystery. Typically in a village, there are several things going on at once and the local gossips all have their own opinions as to what is happening and why. With family upset, the struggle to keep her head above water and suspicion abounding, Kat has brain overload. Trying to make sense of it all wears her down and when another body is found, this one is much closer to home.

This is a gripping and interesting read which grabbed my attention from the very first and kept it until the final page. I do like a book where all the questions are answered by the end and this fits the bill. It’s a skilfully crafted novel with several storylines all converging to make it an exciting and unpredictable read. Thoroughly enjoyable and a great all-round tale. Definitely a series I want to follow and fully a five star read!

My thanks to Crooked Cat Books for my copy and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this Blog Tour. All opinions given are entirely my own.


Tags: cosy mystery




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Meet the Author


Rough and Deadly Author


Paula Williams is living her dream. She’s written all her life – her earliest efforts involved blackmailing her unfortunate younger brothers into appearing in her plays and pageants. But it’s only in recent years that she discovered to her surprise that people with better judgement than her brothers actually liked what she wrote and were prepared to pay her for it.

Now, she writes every day in a lovely, book-lined study in her home in Somerset, where she lives with her husband and a handsome but not always obedient rescue Dalmatian called Duke. She started out writing fiction for women’s magazines (and still does) but has recently branched out into longer fiction. She also writes a monthly column, Ideas Store, for the writers’ magazines, Writers’ Forum.

But, as with the best of dreams, she worries that one day she’s going to wake up and find she still has to bully her brothers into reading ‘the play what she wrote’.


Follow Paula




Twitter. @paulawilliams44





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