by Fiona Leitch
Publication Date January 15, 2021
Published by HarperCollins UK
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Genres: Fiction / Crime, Fiction / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce, Fiction / Humorous / General, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Culinary, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths, Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
‘A sparklingly delicious confection to satisfy the mystery reader’s appetite’ Helena Dixon, bestselling author of the Miss Underhay Mysteries
The first book in a NEW cozy 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 quite like having your first job back at home be catering an ex-boyfriend’s wedding to remind you of just how small your village is. And when the bride 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, murder and mayhem lurks 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 cozy mystery series. Can be read as a standalone. A humorous cozy 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.
Murder on the Menu by Fiona Leitch is her first book in her Nosey Parker Mysteries series, and it was a blast to read. Witty banter, gorgeous Cornwall scenery, and an inquisitive dog all make for a delightful mystery I won’t soon forget.
Josie Parker left her life as a London Metropolitan police officer to move back to her hometown in Cornwall with her daughter, Daisy. In Penstowan, Cornwall, Josie sets up a catering business, using an old van with some unusual decals, to cater to weddings and other events. Her first large catering job is for an ex-boyfriend (only together for 2 weeks) to be held at the local hotel. Before long, the ex-wife turns up dead and the bride-to-be goes missing. DCI Withers is on the case, and he’s not too happy about Josie (nicknamed Nosey) Parker who keeps showing up at the crime scene, and everywhere he investigates.
This was just so much fun. I thought the balance between mystery, humor and character development was perfect. The pace was excellent as it moved quickly as the investigation unfolded, but had enough downtime to enjoy the scenery and get to know the characters. I also thought the humor was well done, it wasn’t over the top like you see in some cozy mysteries, but just good humor throughout the book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a cozy mystery. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Have you read Murder on the Menu? What did you think of it?