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A Village Murder (The Ham-Hill Murder Mysteries Book 1) by Frances Evesham Blog Tour with Review

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About the Book: 

An English village can be deadly, when your past catches up with you…

In the beautiful rural Somerset village of Lower Hembrow, crammed full with English eccentrics, something is amiss…

Landscape gardener Imogen Bishop has spent the last thirty years trying to forget one fateful school night but when her estranged husband Greg Bishop is found dead in the grounds of her fathers Georgian hotel, danger threatens to overwhelm her.

Retired police officer Adam Hennessey, hoping for a peaceful life running his traditional Somerset country pub, finds himself drawn into the unfolding drama in the hotel across the road.

Imogen, Adam and Harley the stray dog form an unlikely partnership as they try to untangle a knot of secrets, solve a murder mystery, and bring a killer to justice.




Christie’s Review

4 STARS

A Village Murder is an enjoyable cozy mystery with a great cast of characters! Imogen has just lost her father in an accident when she discovers the body of her estranged husband on the property of her father’s hotel that she has just inherited. Of course, she finds herself as a suspect in her husband’s death which most definitely wasn’t an accident. She enlists the help of Adam Hennessey, a retired police officer who is the owner of the pub across from the hotel. As the two delve into her ex’s life, they find connections to an old accident that happened while she was still in school.

The several different subplots blend seamlessly into the main murder plot. The author didn’t lose the story in the various subplots. Each connected to make a multi-layered and complex mystery that kept me guessing throughout the book. The cast of characters added even more to the story. Imogen really matured through the book, and I really enjoyed the easy friendship she and Adam developed. The little hint of romance between Imogen and Daniel was a nice surprise as well. Can I just say, my favorite character was the sweet Harley, the stray dog that first brought Imogen and Adam together. I just loved him.

The author gave her readers a taste of the characters in this first book, and I can’t wait to see which direction they will go. I highly recommend reading if you like a cozy mystery with a great plot, great characters, and a wonderful scenery. I can’t wait to return to the Somerset village of Lower Hembrow!




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Meet the Author:

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One day, Frances Evesham walked on a beach in peaceful Somerset and came upon a unique nine-legged Victorian lighthouse. Her first cosy crime story, Murder at the Lighthouse, was born.

Now, she writes mystery stories: the Exham on Sea contemporary cozy crime series set in a small Somerset seaside town, and the Thatcham Hall Mysteries, 19th Century historical mystery romances set in Victorian England.

She collects poison recipes and cooks with a glass of wine in one hand and a bunch of chillies in the other, her head full of ingenious ways to dispatch her victims – in fiction, of course.
She’s been a speech therapist and a road sweeper, and worked in the criminal courts seeing crime from all points of view: victim, prosecution and defence. It taught her more about motive, means and opportunity than she could ever have imagined.

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Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan Book Birthday Blitz

 

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab

by Columbkill Noonan

Synopsis: 

Barnabas Tew, a detective in Victorian London, is having a hard time making a name for himself, probably because most of his clients end up dead before he can solve their cases. His luck is about to change, though, for better or worse: Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, notices him and calls him to the Egyptian underworld. A terrible kidnapping has occurred; one that promises to put an end to the status quo and could perhaps even put an end to the entire world. It is up to Barnabas (along with his trusty assistant, Wilfred) to discover the culprit and set things to right. Can he turn his luck around and solve the most important case of his life?

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Author Bio –

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Columbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology.  Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.

In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens.

To learn more about Columbkill please feel free to visit her website (www.columbkill.weebly.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan) or on Twitter (@ColumbkillNoon1).

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The London Murder Mysteries Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway (Win signed copies of Death in Dulwich and The Girl in the Gallery- ONLY OPEN TO UK)

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Death in Dulwich

Thirty-something single mum Beth Haldane is forced to become Dulwich’s answer to Miss Marple when she stumbles over a murder victim on her first day at work. 

To clear her name, Beth is plunged into a cozy mystery that’s a contemporary twist on Golden Age crime classics. But can she pull it off? She already has a bouncy young son, haughty cat, a fringe with a mind of its own and lots of bills to pay, as she struggles to keep up with the yummy mummies of SE21.

Join Beth in #1 of the London Murder Mystery series, as she discovers the nastiest secrets can lurk in the nicest places.

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The Girl in the Gallery

 

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Dulwich…

It’s a perfect summer’s morning in the plush south London suburb, and thirty-something Beth Haldane has sneaked off to visit one of her favourite places, the world-famous Picture Gallery.

She’s enjoying a few moments’ respite from juggling her job at prestigious private school Wyatt’s and her role as single mum to little boy Ben, when she stumbles across a shocking new exhibit on display. Before she knows it, she’s in the thick of a fresh, and deeply chilling, investigation.

Who is The Girl in the Gallery? Join Beth in adventure #2 of the London Murder Mystery series as she tries to discover the truth about a secret eating away at the very heart of Dulwich.

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Christie’s Review of Books 1 & 2: 

4. 5 Stars

Very well-written and finely crafted mystery series!!!

The series center around main character, single mother, Beth, her son Ben, and her charming cat, Magpie.  As the series opens, she has just landed a great job as an assistant archivist at Wyatt’s, the boys’ Endowment school in Dulwich. She is really excited and hoping when the time comes, her son Ben, will be able to get in. It will also help her financially, adding to what she makes in doing odd jobs, such as editing a website or selling features to a newspaper. Imagine her surprise when she finds the body of her new boss on her very first day.  She becomes a possible suspect, so she finds herself trying to solve the mystery to clear her name and finds herself dealing with Inspector York who infuriates her. It’s a mystery at its finest! While investigating on her own, she discovers dark secrets looming just below the surface of the beautiful, affluent village of Dulwich.

In the second book, Girl in the Gallery, Beth once again finds herself at the center of a new mystery. Again, she finds herself at odds at times with Inspector York. However, they do make a great team, and they do work well together most of the time. Castle does a great job of continuing to build not only the main characters but the secondary characters as well.  Not only is this a great mystery, Castle also touches on some really important social issues. I love the setting, and as with the first book, I’m anticipating the next book in the series. As she asks, her friend, “And anyway, seriously, what else could possibly happen in Dulwich,” we all know Beth will be back. She has a knack for murder mysteries, and I for one can’t wait until she’s back.


Author Bio 

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Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, set in Brussels and London, was a European hit and sold out in two weeks.

Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 and has been a number one best-seller in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain and Germany. A sequel, The Girl in the Gallery was published in December 2017 to critical acclaim. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, will be published this summer, with Homicide in Herne Hill due to follow in early 2019.  Alice is currently working on the fifth London Murder Mystery adventure. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.

Alice is also a mummy blogger and book reviewer via her website: https://www.alicecastleauthor.com

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NEW REVIEW FROM CHRISTIE: Murder in Little Shendon

 

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Murder in Little Shendon

by A.H. Richardson

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Picture, if you will, a picturesque village called Little Shendon, suddenly caught up in dealing with a murder of one of its citizens — not a particularly well-liked one at that. Which makes it all the more intriguing because the list of suspects becomes very long. This tantalizing tale unfolds with delightful twists and turns to find out whodunit to Mr. Bartholomew Fynche, the murdered shopkeeper.
Fear grips the community as the investigation slowly progresses. Everyone is interviewed; everyone is suspect! From the murdered man’s housekeeper to Lady Armstrong, her staff and her nephew. Or could it be the shy librarian new in town? Or the defiant retired army major and his ladyfriend, the post mistress? Or perhaps the weird sisters who live on the edge of town? Then there is the couple who own the local inn and pub, along with the two Americans who are staying there? Even the vicar and his wife fall under the gloom of suspicion.
Uncertainty, wariness, and terror reign as neighbors watch neighbors to discover the evil that permeates their upturned lives. No one feels safe in this charming little village.
A.H. Richardson, noted author, places in your trembling hands a mystery murder that will keep you reading until you learn the details, uncovered by Police Inspector Stanley Burgess and his two amateur detectives, his friend Sir Victor Hazlitt and the famed Shakespearean actor Beresford Brandon. Scratch your head with them over the strange clues that turn up. Follow them as they tread carefully among the landmines that appear innocent as they lie hidden beneath the surface of mystery.
Something evil skulks in this tiny country village. Who is the murderer? And why was this strange uncivil man dispatched in such a seemingly civil community? You are challenged to discover the culprit before the last few pages. And no fair looking ahead — it’s the journey that proves the most enticing.

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CHRISTIE’S REVIEW

4.5 STARS

~4.5 Stars~

FANTASTIC TRADITIONAL BRITISH MYSTERY!

I’m a lover of British mysteries, so Murder in Little Shendon was right up my alley. It really reminded me of Agatha Christie, and I love her books!
The charming village of Little Shendon is everything I pictured a village in England to be. However, the citizens find themselves in the midst of a murder mystery. Mr. Fynche, a local shopkeeper has been brutally murdered. The suspect list is long as he wasn’t very well-liked at all. The whole village had one reason or another to dislike him.

Inspector Burgess, along with his friend, Sir Victor and Berry Brandon make a great team of crime investigators. Each bring their own unique backgrounds and manner in which they try to solve the crime. Before they know it, someone else is murdered. They really have their hands full, and the pressure is on to solve both crimes.

There are a lot of twists and turns throughout the book. I would think I had figured out who the killer was only to find out I was wrong. The book is very well-written and very descriptive in nature. I found myself right along with Burgess, Victor, and Berry trying to solve the crime. There is no better way to spend the day than curled up reading a fabulous British cozy mystery!

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ABOUT A.H. RICHARDSON

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A. H. Richardson was born in London England and is the daughter of famous pianist and composer Clive Richardson. She studied drama and acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was an actress, a musician, a painter and sculptor, and now an author.

She has written a series of children’s chapter books, the Jorie series, which includes Jorie and the Magic Stones, Jorie and the Gold Key, and Jorie and the River of Fire.

In addition to the Jorie series, she is also the author of the Hazlitt/Brandon series of murder mysteries. Murder in Little Shendon is the first book in the series. It’s a thriller murder mystery which takes place in a quaint little village in England after World War Two, and introduces two sleuths, Sir Victor Hazlitt and his sidekick, Beresford Brandon, a noted Shakespearian actor. And she has more ‘who-dun-its’ with this clever and interesting duo… Act One, Scene One – Murder and Murder at Serenity Farm.

A. H. Richardson lives happily in East Tennessee, her adopted state, and has three sons, three grandchildren, and two pugs. She speaks four languages and loves to do voiceovers. She plans on writing many more books and hopes to delight her readers further with her British twist, which all her books have.