Murder Served Cold
by Paula Williams
A quiet English village where nothing ever happens. Until…..
After her boyfriend runs out on her with the contents of their joint bank account, Kat Latcham has no choice but to return to the tiny Somerset village of Much Winchmoor where she grew up. A place, she reckons, that is not so much sleepy as comatose and she longs for something to happen to lessen the boredom of living with her parents.
But when she and her childhood friend, Will Manning, discover a body and Will’s father, John, is arrested for the murder, Kat suddenly realises that she should have heeded the saying “Be careful what you wish for”.
Much Winchmoor is a hotbed of gossip and everyone is convinced John Manning is guilty. Only Kat and Will believe he’s innocent. When there’s a second murder Kat is sure she knows the identity of the murderer – and set out to prove it. But in doing so she almost becomes the murderer’s third victim.
Readers of Sue Grafton might enjoy the Much Winchmoor series of cosy murder mysteries spiked with humour and sprinkled with romance.
Murder Served Cold is the first book in a series that promises to be fantastic!!!!
Kat has had to return home to her small village of Much Winchmoor after leaving her cheating ex, losing her job, and her home. This wasn’t something she wanted to do, but it was a necessity. She is hoping she won’t be here for long. The town is full of gossips, and Kat will also discover it’s a town full of secrets and a murder or two. She and her childhood friend, Will, discover a body. Not long after, his father is arrested for murder. Kat and Will know he didn’t do it, and they will do whatever it takes to prove his innocence.
Williams took her time in giving her readers the backstory building up to the mystery. In doing so, she created a list of suspects that kept me guessing who the murderer was. While this is a cozy mystery, Williams also did a great job of developing the character of Kat. I’m really going to love getting to know her more throughout the series. She also wrote with great detail and really depicted a glimpse of what it’s like to live in a small town where people know way too much about each other.
I’m so happy when I find a new series and a new author that I fall in love with, and I have found that in this series and in author, Paula Williams. Her writing is a lot like one of my very favorite mystery authors, Sue Grafton, but she also has a flair all of her own. I’m really looking forward to more of this series!!!!
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Paula Williams is living her dream. She has written all her life – her earliest efforts involved blackmailing her unfortunate younger brothers into appearing in her plays and pageants. But it is only in recent years, when she turned her attention to writing short stories and serials for women’s magazines that she discovered, to her surprise, that people with better judgement than her brothers actually liked what she wrote and were prepared to pay her for it.
Now, she writes every day in a lovely, book-lined study in her home in Somerset, where she lives with her husband and a handsome but not always obedient rescue Dalmatian called Duke. She still writes for magazines but also now writes novels. A member of both the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Crime Writers’ Association, her novels often feature a murder or two, and are always sprinkled with humour and spiced with a touch of romance.
She also writes a monthly column, Ideas Store, for the writers’ magazine, Writers’ Forum and has a blog at paulawilliamswriter.wordpress.com. Her facebook author page is https://www.facebook.com/paula.williams.author . And she tweets at @paulawilliams44.
Not only that, but when she’s not writing, she’s either tutoring, leading writing workshops or giving talks on writing at writing festivals and conferences and to organised groups. She’s appeared several times on local radio – in fact, she’ll talk about writing to anyone who’ll stand still long enough to listen.
But, as with the best of dreams, she worries that one day she’s going to wake up and find she still has to bully her brothers into reading ‘the play what she wrote’.
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