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Kate Palmer is more than ready for the quiet life in Lower Tinworthy, Cornwall. But within weeks of her arrival, a woman is found dead in the village hall, stabbed to death with her own kitchen knife…

The victim is Fenella Barker-Jones: chairwoman of the Women’s Institute, doyenne of the amateur dramatic society, and reigning champion of the WI cake-baking contest. But whilst she may have been at the centre of village life, there were plenty who had reason to dislike her – as Kate is about to find out.

As a practice nurse and one of the first on the scene, Kate can’t help but get drawn into the investigation. Her patients are only too eager to tell her about the victim’s extra-curricular activities and, the more Kate hears about Fenella, the more the list of suspects grows: it seems half the village wanted her dead.

Kate’s sister Angie tells her to leave it alone, but Kate can’t resist piecing together the clues. Especially not if brings her closer to the handsome Detective Inspector ‘Woody’ Forrest, who is near to retiring himself and determined to crack his last case.

But when someone breaks into Kate’s home and leaves a warning note on her pillow, it becomes clear the murderer is prepared to do anything to keep their identity hidden…

Will Kate and Woody work out who’s responsible, before she becomes the next victim?

If you love murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or Joy Ellis, then this page-turning novel will have you reading late into the night!

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A Brilliant, Complex Mystery!        stars 5

What a brilliant mystery this is, and a very promising start to a new series.

Kate Palmer and her sister Angie are only just beginning to settle into their new Cornish cottage; whilst attending a WI meeting at the local village hall a murder is committed and suddenly their new life doesn’t seem just as idyllic. Despite Angie’s fears, Kate just can’t leave the investigating to the police but her sleuthing leads to her putting herself in danger – but from whom?

I expected to enjoy this, having read some of the author’s previous works, but I would venture to suggest that mystery is most definitely her genre. I’m so pleased that this is the first in a series and hope that it’s going to be a lengthy one. Kate is a very likeable character; well developed but, at times, with a pain-in-the-ass for a sister. This is an intricate and well-penned story with no shortage of suspects – at times I suspected each and every person in the village! With a wonderful setting, beautifully described, an easy flowing narrative and a complex mystery running alongside the normal day-to-day routine, I found myself racing through this one, eager to find out who did what – and to whom! A terrific read and one I’m happy to recommend and give a full house of sparkling stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: murder mystery
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture
  • Publication Date: 29 June 2020
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Author Bio

Dee MacDonald

Aged 18, Dee arrived in London from Scotland and typed her way round the West End for a couple of years before joining BOAC (forerunner of British Airways) in Passenger Services for 2 years and then as a stewardess for 8 years.

She has worked in Market Research, Sales and at the Thames TV Studios when they had the franchise.

Dee has since relocated to Cornwall, where she spent 10 years running B&Bs, and only began writing when she was over 70!

Married twice, she has one son and two grandsons.

Social Media

Twitter: @DMacDonaldAuth

Facebook: @AuthorDeeMacDonald

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