Title: A Body in the Village Hall by Dee MacDonald
Date Published: 29th June 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Kate Palmer is more than ready for the quiet life in Lower Tinworthy, Cornwall. But within weeks of her arrival, a woman is found dead in the village hall, stabbed to death with her own kitchen knife…
The victim is Fenella Barker-Jones: chairwoman of the Women’s Institute, doyenne of the amateur dramatic society, and reigning champion of the WI cake-baking contest. But whilst she may have been at the centre of village life, there were plenty who had reason to dislike her – as Kate is about to find out.
As a practice nurse and one of the first on the scene, Kate can’t help but get drawn into the investigation. Her patients are only too eager to tell her about the victim’s extra-curricular activities and, the more Kate hears about Fenella, the more the list of suspects grows: it seems half the village wanted her dead.
Kate’s sister Angie tells her to leave it alone, but Kate can’t resist piecing together the clues. Especially not if brings her closer to the handsome Detective Inspector ‘Woody’ Forrest, who is near to retiring himself and determined to crack his last case.
But when someone breaks into Kate’s home and leaves a warning note on her pillow, it becomes clear the murderer is prepared to do anything to keep their identity hidden… Will Kate and Woody work out who’s responsible, before she becomes the next victim?
If you love murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or Joy Ellis, then this page-turning novel will have you reading late into the night!
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This is the first in the Kate Palmer mystery series and the first book I’ve read by Dee MacDonald and I can safely say that it won’t be the last!
Nurse Kate Palmer moved from London to Cornwall with her sister hoping for a quiet life but a murder of Fenella Barker-Jones soon puts an end to that. Fenella has no shortage of enemies and amateur sleuth Kate gets pulled into the investigation.
A body in the village hall is a light hearted mystery with plenty of red herrings, intriguing character and a little romance thrown in there to boot.
This is such a fun fast paced book, I devoured it in two sittings, I didn’t want to put it down!
I love the character of Kate. Sometimes with an amateur detective, they come across as a little pushy or annoying but she comes across as caring and kind yet firm when she needs to be. Also how she puts up with her overdramatic alcoholic sister Angie is beyond me.
I wasn’t entirely surprised by the ending but I do love to play detective myself and figure out the mystery before the amateur sleuth does.
A body in the village hall is a great start to this series and I can’t wait to read more!
About the author:
Aged 18, Dee arrived in London from Scotland and typed her way round the West End for a couple of years before joining BOAC (forerunner of British Airways) in Passenger Services for 2 years and then as a stewardess for 8 years.
She has worked in Market Research, Sales and at the Thames TV Studios when they had the franchise.
Dee has since relocated to Cornwall, where she spent 10 years running B&Bs, and only began writing when she was over 70!
Married twice, she has one son and two grandsons.