Murder on the Menu by Fiona Leitch @fkleitch @0neMoreChapter_ #BookReview #NoseyParker #NetGalleyCountdown #Book593

Posted February 5, 2021 by Zoé in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Murder on the Menu by Fiona Leitch
Series: The Nosey Parker Mysteries #1
Published by One More Chapter on January 15, 2021
Format: eARC
Source: Net Galley
Genres: Cosy Mystery
Pages: 286
Also by this author: Dead in Venice, Murder Ahoy!

The first book in a NEW cosy mystery series!

Still spinning from the hustle and bustle of city life, Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is glad to be back in the Cornish village she calls home. Having quit the Met Police in search of something less dangerous, the change of pace means she can finally start her dream catering company and raise her daughter, Daisy, somewhere safer.

But there’s nothing like having your first job back at home to be catering an ex-boyfriend’s wedding to remind you of just how small your village is. And when the bride, Cheryl, vanishes Jodie is drawn into the investigation, realising that life in the countryside might not be as quaint as she remembers…
With a missing bride on their hands, there is murder and mayhem around every corner but surely saving the day will be a piece of cake for this not-so-amateur sleuth?

The first book in the Murder on the Menu cosy mystery series. Can be read as a standalone. A humorous cosy mystery with a British female sleuth in a small village. Includes one of Jodie's Tried and Tested Recipes! Written in British English. Mild profanity and peril.

Anyone who knows me knows I am a MASSIVE fan of Fiona’s. When I heard that she was writing a new series I squealed. I mean I obviously want more Bella, but generally, I just want more of her writing.

In walks Jodie “Nosey” Parker, who from the outset is just a delight. A true delight. She is a woman, who although she has left the police, she never really left the police. I just had a constant smile on my face with her latest escapades. I mean weedy wobbler had my snorting, along with the Gimpmobile.

She reminds me so much of Bella, but this time, tamer and has the background of a sleuth. She is a family woman but just like Bella, gets a bit hot under the collar for a policeman.

I loved the backdrop of Cornwall and the light and airy feeling we have. Yes, a murder has occurred, but it just doesn’t feel like it with the goings-on. Everything is light. It was just what I needed. It is the type of book, that despite what is going on, the sun is still shining. Crazy I know but that is how this cosy mystery made me feel. I definitely think I have a new genre I like! It has the seriousness of death and murder but none of the darkness. It is sweet and light, like the cakes Jodie didn’t get to make!!

I definitely have a new heroine whose stories I love to read about. She is a character you can imagine being your friend. She is down to earth but straight-talking, hilarious and incredibly savvy, well most of the time. She is someone I want in my corner as you know she will fight for you. I do love how disaster seems to happen when she is around and how the same man always turns up where she is!

I have one complaint, and Fiona knows this complaint, it was over too quickly! I know there are more books in the series, thank god, because I feel we are only just scratching the surface with Jodie and her family. Plus there is plenty more sleuthing to be had for sure!! Fiona’s writing is so easy to lose yourself in, the friendly, amusing conversational tone really doesn’t relent. There are no lagging moments, its all sleuthing or doe eyes and I personally love the combination.

Until next time xxx

About Fiona Leitch

Fiona Leitch is a writer with a chequered past. She’s written for football and motoring magazines, DJ’d at illegal raves and is a stalwart of the low budget TV commercial, even appearing as the Australasian face of a cleaning product called ‘Sod Off’. After living in London, Cornwall and New Zealand she’s finally (for the moment) settled on the sunny South Coast of England, where she enjoys scaring her cats by trying out dialogue on them and writing funny, flawed but awesome female characters.

Her Westminster-set romantic comedy ‘Parliamentary Affairs’ was recently optioned by an up and coming LA producer, and her action comedy ‘Lost In Berlin’ was a finalist in New York’s Athena IRIS Screenwriting Lab 2017. She’s also been shortlisted for the BBC Writers Room. Her debut novel ‘Dead In Venice’ has just been shortlisted for the Audible New Writing Grant, while her short horror story ‘Tinder’ was selected for the Twisted 50, volume two anthology, published Spring 2018

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