Blurb; American Eve Holdsworth is living her quintessential English dream in a picturesque village in the countryside. Meeting an attractive stranger adds to the appeal. But Ben Dryden is a pariah in Eve’s new neighbourhood, since his wife was murdered five years ago, and he was the only suspect. Eve, who is absolutely sure someone as charming as Ben could never be a killer, is determined to solve the case and clear Ben’s name, even if it’s against his will. Soon enough Eve finds herself in deep waters, and with her life at stake, she can only pray that her romantic notions won’t be the end of her …
Extract – Five Years ago; Donna Dryden watched her husband’s precious golf trophy arc through the air and shatter against the fireplace. Glass shards rained onto the stacked bricks Ben used for repairing the wall of the stupid old hearth. If he’d paid half as much attention to her as he did to the crumbling house and the management of the farm land, she might feel bad about leaving him. Instead she felt wildly jubilant. A few days, and she’d be rid of this crumbling manor house with its constant draught and smell of antiquity. She’d be rid of her father-in-law with his silent criticism and his lumbering presence. No more Ben and his indifference to her wishes. As for the money he’d have to pay her for the divorce settlement … She’d earned every penny of it, by staying buried in the back of beyond after being promised they’d return to London as soon as Ben’s father had recovered from a mild stroke. That was two years ago. At least she’d found happiness, more than she could ever say about her marriage. A fierce draught made her shiver. Typical Ben, she thought, leaving a window open to make this icy place even more unbearable. That was her last conscious thought as a brick came down on her skull.
Blurb; Two communities. One flower competition. So much dead-heading! Aldermaston’s having a bad day. A falling hanging-basket has killed the town’s mayor, and a second narrowly missed him. His wife wants him to build her new greenhouse in three days, and someone is sending him death threats.
This isn’t the quiet life he expected as the new Marquess of Mortiforde.
It’s the annual Borders in Blossom competition, and Mortiforde is battling with Portley Ridge in the final. But this is no parochial flower competition. The mayor’s mishap looks like murder, and there’s another body in the river. Someone desperately wants Portley Ridge to win for the fifteenth successive year. So when a mysterious group of guerrilla gardeners suddenly carpet bomb Mortiforde with a series of stunning floral delights one night, a chain reaction of floral retaliation ensues.
Can Aldermaston survive long enough to uncover who is trying to kill him, and why? And can he get his wife’s greenhouse built in time?
Blooming Murder is the first book in the Marquess of Mortiforde Mystery series. If you love the eccentricity of MC Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth books, and the humour of ITV’s Midsomer Murder television series, you’ll love this first instalment of the Marquess of Mortiforde mysteries.
My Review; This is book one in a new exciting series. It is very much a cosy mystery read, similar to Agatha Christie. A small village setting and a flower competition. The characters are just normal every day, likeable people. The odd bit of humour thrown in. It is a page turner of a read. A real who done it? Gripping. Mysterious.
An exciting start to a new series I am looking forward too. Brilliantly written. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me & I look forward to book two already.
Blurb; Idyllic memories? A perfect childhood? A secret buried for thirty years…
None of us could remember why we drifted apart – we were always so close at school…
That was thirty years ago, and I hadn’t thought of my school friends in all that time – it was like they’d never existed.
Then the dreams started. Dreams that I knew I’d had before. Horrific dreams of fear and fire and death.
Dreams of a ghostly urban legend who seemed to hang over my home village like an evil spirit – the Shadow Man.
I’d begun to remember, and I knew we had to go back.
What happened to us back then? Do we really want to know? Are we ready to face the Shadow Man again?
My Review; From the first page this story had me hooked and extremely intrigued! It’s a brilliant story, the first I have read by this author. It’s dark in parts. Descriptive. I think this would be perfect to aim at the younger adults Genre.
The story flicks between the past (then) and the present (now) alot, but each chapter is clearly labelled so causes no confusion. Its a brilliant horror/thriller with plenty of twists. It kept me guessing and turning those pages! It’s a fast paced, edge of your seat seat. I enjoyed every minute of it. A look into how reliable our memories really are. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Cannot wait to read more by this author in the future.