So it’s my final review today and I hope I have given you all a taste of the variety of the books delivered by one of my favourite authors. There’s a list of the series in the author bio at the bottom of the page if you fancy starting one from the very beginning-you won’t regret it!
Today I’m doing something I’ve not actually done before and publishing a review before the book is actually published but as it’s the second in the series, it gives you time to read Murder At The Wedding first!
About this book…
With heads still spinning from the recent murder at Carmel Cove’s largest wedding, excitement mounts as a famous author books into the hotel with her entourage. Excitement quickly turns to fear and suspicion as another murder rocks the small community.
When a member of Ruth Morgan’s amateur dramatic club is arrested for the crime, Ruth must once again take the reins and battle wits with not only her nemesis, the local Detective Inspector, but also the murderer who is determined to evade capture.
Grab this fast-paced cozy mystery today. Readers who enjoy Faith Martin’s mysteries will enjoy this novel.
I’m determined not to fall behind with this series and with the next book out just before Christmas, I made sure I was good and ready…even though now I have longer to wait!! I wasn’t sure before I started this new cosy crime series if it would work for me but thankfully it has and I actually enjoyed this second instalment more than the first. The character of Ruth seems to have settled into herself now after her introduction in Murder At The Wedding and I didn’t find myself as irritated by her this time!
After the local scandal that took place at “the wedding of the year” when a well known community figure was murdered, Ruth is looking forward to a little R&R. But a bookish event at a local hotel means that one of the biggest authors around is in the area and that can’t be missed! But, as in all good murder mysteries, another death occurs leading to one of Ruth’s amateur dramatic members being arrested for murder. The fight to prove his innocence proves harder than expected especially once her arch rival Inspector Littlejohn is sent to investigate the case! And the victim seems to have made lots of enemies on their way to the top so how will Ruth figure out who killed them…and, more importantly, why?
I’ve really settled into this series now and felt like I was visually involved in the setting of the hotel from the moment we arrived there! Having attended many bookish events in the past (although thankfully no one has ever been murdered at one!!) the event was delivered perfectly by the author who has also plenty of behind the scenes knowledge of events and publishing! This added a real sense of believability to the storyline and I loved how the suspects came from all angles of the victims life.
I found Ruth much more likeable in this second book of the series and have settled into her foibles and those of the other recurring characters. Once again I didn’t work out who the murderer was but everything came together in an organically crafted case that I thoroughly enjoyed. I still think that this series needs to be optioned for tv as it definitely feels the same standard as “Midsummer Murders” or “Death in Paradise”. And I’m really looking forward now to Murder By The Sea which will be swimming it’s way to Amazon on 18th December.
Murder At The Hotel will be released on 18th November so plenty of time to catch up on the series so far!
Meet the author…