Rough And Deadly (A Much Winchmoor Mystery)
by Paula Williams
Everyone knows Abe Compton’s Headbender cider is as rough as a cider can get. But is it deadly?
When self-styled ‘lady of the manor’, Margot Duckett-Trimble, announces she wouldn’t be seen dead drinking the stuff, who could have foreseen that, only a few days later, she’d be found, face down, in a vat of it?
Kat Latcham’s no stranger to murder. Indeed, the once ‘sleepy’ Somerset village of Much Winchmoor is fast gaining a reputation as the murder capital of the West Country and is ‘as sleepy as a kid on Christmas Eve’ when it’s discovered there’s a murderer running loose in the community again.
Kat has known Abe all her life, and she is sure that, although he had motive, he didn’t kill Margot. But as she investigates, the murderer strikes again. And the closer Kat gets to finding out who the real killer is, the closer to danger she becomes.
This second Much Winchmoor mystery is once again spiked with humour and sprinkled with romance – plus a cast of colourful characters, including a manic little dog called Prescott whose bite is definitely worse than his bark.
This second book in the Much Winchmoor series was just as enjoyable as the first book in the series. Murder has come to the village yet again. This time it is Margot Duckett-Timble is the victim. She is hoping to become the newest member of the parish council, and she thinks by doing her civic duty of reporting Abe Compton to the Environmental Health Officer about his alleged unsanitary practice of making cider will get her elected. She certainly didn’t think it would get her murdered, yet that is what happened. Of course, the main suspect is Abe, himself. Kat doesn’t believe Abe is capable of that. There is no shortage of suspects, especially when another occurs. Can Kat solve the murder before she becomes the next victim?
What I love about a series is returning to characters and places I love, and I love the quirky characters and the village of Much Winchmoor. I always like returning and learning something new about the characters. Williams gives her readers that!
As with the prior book in the series, the characters are quirky, and I loved returning to the village of Much Winchmoor. Both the characters and the setting added a deeper level to the book itself.
Williams makes her mysteries stand apart from others in the genre. I loved how she began this story…she opened it with the murder, and then she moves back in time. The action started off with a bang, therefore, keeping my attention throughout the entire book. It is very rare to have a mystery written with humor and romance, and Williams did a wonderful job of combining them all together. She made it appear seamless!!! I am becoming quite a fan of this series, and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series, especially after reading the last chapter. It looks like Kat has many more adventures in her near future!
Paula Williams is living her dream. She’s written all her life – her earliest efforts involved blackmailing her unfortunate younger brothers into appearing in her plays and pageants. But it’s only in recent years 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 started out writing fiction for women’s magazines (and still does) but has recently branched out into longer fiction. She also writes a monthly column, Ideas Store, for the writers’ magazines, Writers’ Forum.
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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