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Murder in the Village

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Belinda knows Harry from a previous meeting many years ago, and convinces him to join her in her investigation of Tipper’s death, promising also to help him with the dognapping gang. Intriguing storyline with extremely interesting characters that draw you and have you wanting to help them figure things out as well. The narrator was great, no silly whiney voices for different characters but you could tell the difference when someone else spoke. This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to finish.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. I liked the fact that both of these main characters are intelligent, rational human beings which often is not the case in all cosy mysteries!

I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of Murder in the Village, the first novel to feature local businesswoman Belinda Penshurst and retired detective inspector Harry Powell, set in the English village of Little Chalham. They obviously like each other and some of their dialogue is very humorous, but Harry has issues to deal with before they can progress. Much more exciting is the attempt to take down a drug supplier which eventuates in a gun fight, injuries and deaths. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he's determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.

Maggie has lived in Provence long enough to know that village life is built on gossip and nurtured resentments for the least perceived slight—especially from an outsider. Instead, another problem takes over all her time - a problem that could have serious ramifications for both herself, and her superiors. A story wrapped with humor, wit, intrigue, murder, mystery and a lot of intriguing interpersonal interactions between the two main characters as well as between each of them and the townsfolk.

We discover the reason Jerome Raleigh transferred from the Metropolitan Police and the constant thread of Hillary Greene's late husband's criminal past is taken that little bit further.

An arrogantly famous American chef opens up a bistro in St-Buvard where things don't end well, to say the least.He diedbeing prosecuted, however, the cops are still looking for his ill gotten gains and investigate Hilary. The book has plenty of twists and turns, a great pace for the plot and it is a gripping story - 5stars from me for this one and looking forward to book 5! When a suspicious death occurs there she is pulled into solving the mystery, along with retired police detective Harry Powell, a newcomer to the village. As I mentioned at the start of the review, this is a series that just keeps getting better and better. Interrupting her ongoing investigation is a raid by the Vice Squad on a garden centre to recover guns being sold.

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