Jodie “Nosey” Parker has moved back to her Cornish birthplace with her 12-year-old daughter, Daisy in tow. After a decade as a cop in London and a divorce from her cheating husband, Nosey was anxious for a fresh start and a new career as a caterer.
It doesn’t take long for Nosey to be caught up in privately investigating the murder of her childhood friend, Tony’s ex-wife on the eve the wedding to his new fiancé. When all signs lead to Tony being the murderer, Nosey is convinced of his innocence and makes sure she gets in the way of newly appointed police supervisor, DCI Withers (who also isn’t hard on the eyes,) to put him on the right path of who the true killer is.
For the first in a series, this was quite good. It made me laugh with Leitch’s witty writing and continued to capture my attention and was entertaining.
I also really enjoyed Nosey’s character. Her self-deprecating humour had me in stitches and is something I can totally relate to because that’s exactly my personal sense of humour. Her mother and their forced-to-adopt dog, Germaine were quirky and the perfect secondary characters to the story.
Again, as with the cozy mysteries that I love, there is a hint of romance to come for Nosey. There’s also a suggestion of a possible love triangle! I’ll be looking forward in reading how that will all play out.
Thanks to One More Chapter and NetGalley for the advanced reader's copy. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Murder on the Menu publishes today!
Book Description (NetGalley)
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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