on May 25, 2022
Also by this author: Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Blues, Twos and Baby Shoes
It's a quiet English village-except for one crazed murderer-in this delightful romp by the author of the Constable Mavis Upton series.
Librarian Prunella Pearce has left heartbreak behind to start a new life in the village of Winterbottom, where there's little social life to be had aside from the meetings of The Winterbottom Women's Institute at the parish hall.
But a bit of excitement ensues when the group is about to elect a new president-and the nominees for the position begin dropping like flies. One is found facedown in a lemon drizzle cake, stabbed with a crochet needle. Another nearly dies spectacularly in the revolving doors of a Harrogate hotel. When Pru and her friend Bree agree to do some undercover snooping to help the police, little do they know that one of the Winterbottom women is hiding a scandalous secret . . .
HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY Gina!!!! I read this book 2, yes 2, years ago and I am so glad I can finally share my review with you all!!
I don’t ever remember reading a cosy mystery before and for this to be my first outing, well I couldn’t ask for a better welcome. I have been eager to read this book for so long, so when Gina asked if I wanted to read this well I jumped at the chance. I adore Gina and her Mavis Upton series so to have a chance to meet Pru properly I would have eaten a hat!
Yes, there are murders, hence the title, but the book is very lighthearted and the comradery with the woman in the WI was so heartfelt and hilarious. I loved them. They made me smile and Pru is a hoot. So many mishaps and even the deaths are done in a comical way but it doesn’t distract from the fact women have died.
I found it an incredibly easy book to read but a difficult one to put down. It was fascinating to watch everything so unravel, the women being picked off one by one and the inventive ways they were picked off. Not sure I could look at lemon drizzle lemon cake the same!!
I know authors are always nervous when they introduce new characters to the fold and I know that as a reader you get nervous, I mean what if we don’t like them!! I have to say Gina doesn’t disappoint because I feel like Pru has always been in my life! She fits in straightaway, her personality shines and I found her endearing although constantly finding trouble!!!
Gina’s books are a ray of sunshine. They bring a smile to your face and you know are going to have a fun adventure and there will be laughs along the way. When you open up a book with Gina Kirkham on it, you just know that you have a style of writing that will make you happy. It is a style you will instantly recognise and it’s a formula that works perfectly. Gina was born to write this story of Pru, her personality shines through the pages and as I said before it’s a hoot!!
Until next time xxx
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