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    Cozy Murder Mystery in a Small English Village

    I loved this book and this author. Her style of writing reminds me of Betty Rowland's. The basic layout of a village murder, nosy sleuth, and dishy cop is always a good one. What makes this special is how intricate the mystery is. I thought that I had the mystery figured out, but I was so wrong! There are several sub-plots that really tweak the heartstrings, too. All in all, a great book. I can't wait for more of the series. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
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    A Great Start To A Marvellous New Series!

    This is the first instalment in the new Kate Palmer Mystery series by Dee MacDonald and features experienced nurse Kate who has relocated from West London to Cornwall along with her sister, Angie. The sisters have both moved into gorgeous Lavender Cottage in the picturesque village of Lower Tinworthy, hoping for a more peaceful life. Whilst attending a Women's Institute meeting just six weeks after their arrival, a local villager is murdered in the village hall with a cake knife. The victim, Fenella Barker-Jones, had managed to acquire rather a lot of enemies over the years and Kate soon realises the police are going to need as much help as possible. DI Woody Forrest is the detective inspector on the case so Kate forms a friendship with him and they team up to figure out the puzzle of Fenella's killing. Married to a well-off landowner and businessman, Seymour Barker-Jones, Fenella was known to have had dalliances and entanglements with plenty of men, some of whom were also spoken for. But when someone breaks into Kate’s Lavender Cottage and leaves her a warning note it becomes clear the murderer is prepared to do anything to keep their identity hidden… A Body in the Village Hall is a superb cosy mystery with plenty of substance but still maintaining that cosy edge, with the chocolate-box cottage and alluring countryside locale. Divorcee Kate who is working as a practice nurse at the local medical centre, is an intrepid and caring character. Her fondness for sexagenarian Woody is charming to read about and they make an effective sleuthing duo. This is a comfortably paced, easy read with an hugely enjoyable plot, and a great cast of characters. It boasts a bucket-load of suspects with plausible motives, and many red herrings, twists and disclosures. A compelling cosy with fulfilling a conclusion that I highly recommend. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    Fun Cozy Mystery

    Kate and her sister have recently moved into the neighborhood, and Kate has gotten a part time job as a nurse in the health center. They are trying to settle in and form bonds in the community when Kate finds herself on the scene for two different murders. Of course being an amateur sleuth she decides to investigate a little. This was a light, easy read, cozy mystery. Felt a little dry at times, but overall a fun read. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    I loved the characters

    What a couple of sisters to set a cosy mystery with. Angie and Kate are as chalk and cheese. Alcoholic bohemian Angie who is constatly on the lookout for adventures and mishaps and constientious nurse Kate who simply wants quiet life in her retirement. None of them got what they want though. The tiny village that they retired to is not the place for quiet life or for bohemian parties. It is the scene of secrets and pain unraveling with the effect of snowball. With all the main characters being over fifty, this book is a very positive look at retired life. People are lively and lovely, active and curious, falling in and out of love and going about their lives with all the drive and energy you expect from younger people. ‘He’s got nice teeth… Hope they’re his own’ But the village life is the story on itself. Nothing happens in the village without everyone forming their own opinion. ‘In the course of her shift Kate was informed of at least six different characters who would have been more than happy to kill one, or both’. What a lovely thought? What a lovely place to live in, don’t you think? But all in all, the village is a lovely place when all the crimes get solved. I liked the book because of the main characters: Kate and Woody. I’d like to see how their relationship develops. Would Woody really retire? Would he stop solving crimes? Would he manage to stop Kate getting herself into danger? A very nice begining of the series (if there are to be series)
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    New Cozy Mystery Series - Not to Miss!

    What a great new cozy mystery series! A Body in the Village Hall introduces Kate Palmer, a nurse who with her sister, gin lover Angie, has relocated from London to the charming village of Tinworthy (Lower, Middle and Upper) expecting peace and quiet in the Cornwall countryside. That is not to be. After only six weeks in town, Kate has been first on the scene at two murders and finds herself in the middle of the investigation - with hunky 60 year old D.I. Woody Forrest as an added attraction. The first body is that of Fenella Barker-Jones. Married to the town’s richest landowner, Fenella has a reputation for dalliances with most of the available men in the village and with some of the unavailable ones too. Suspects abound. Her murder is soon followed by that of Kevin Barry, a local handyman who has just been released from jail. The puzzle of how these deaths are connected fascinates Kate and she is soon making a list of suspects. D.I. Forrest is both worried and charmed. The mystery bounces from suspect to suspect, all with credible motives, to a surprise ending that you won’t see coming. This delightful book is a joy to read with an excellent writing style and well described characters. I loved all the descriptions of village life from the Women’s Institute, the small shops, the cliff walks and the tourists. I can’t wait for Dee MacDonald’s next Kate Palmer mystery. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Dee MacDonald for this ARC.
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