Murder on the Menu by Fiona Leitch
Series: Nosey Parker #1
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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.
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I will say that I moved this book to the back of my reading pile a number of times. I have no idea why, other than I felt like I couldn’t get into it. Despite the fact that I hadn’t even read a single page, I was captivated by it. When I finally sat down to read it, while I was waiting in the heart clinic, no less, I loved it from beginning to end. This was exactly what I needed in the middle of the seriousness of those visits. I needed to laugh and just feel good. If I could give this book more stars, I would.
Along with her 12-year-old daughter, Jodie, she has returned to her home town in a Cornish village. Once a police officer in London, she begins a new job running a catering service out of her van. The van she calls the “gimpmobile,” which I just love. I mean, come on, people! I mean, my first car was called the “pitmobile” because it was the pits! She gets her first gig catering her old friend Tony’s wedding. Her former nickname of “Nosey Parker” comes out in full force once a murder happens and she just can’t seem to help solving it. She was a cop, after all.
All of the secondary characters were so wonderful that they brought so much to the story. Even the gimpmobile adds a charm and a bit of fun that I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. I can’t wait for the next book in this series to come out.
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