Title: Let Sleeping Murder Lie by Carmen Radtke
Date Published: 1st March 2021
Genre: Cozy Mystery
American Eve Holdsworth is living her quintessential English dream in a picturesque village in the countryside. Meeting an attractive stranger adds to the appeal.
But Ben Dryden is a pariah in Eve’s new neighbourhood, since his wife was murdered five years ago, and he was the only suspect.
Eve, who is absolutely sure someone as charming as Ben could never be a killer, is
determined to solve the case and clear Ben’s name, even if it’s against his will.
Soon enough Eve finds herself in deep waters, and with her life at stake, she can only pray that her romantic notions won’t be the end of her …
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I want to thank Zoe at Zooloo Book Tours for inviting me on this tour and the author for providing me with a copy of Let Sleeping Murder Lie in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve read a couple of Carmen Radtke’s historical mysteries so I was eager to read a book of hers set in more modern times.
Eve moves to an English village living her dream but gets herself embroiled in a murder mystery concerning the handsome Ben Dryden who was accused of murdering his wife Donna five years earlier.
Let Sleeping Murder Lie is a cozy mystery with a good helping of romance, all set to the backdrop of your average country village.
Eve is a great character who I really warmed to, even though some people might see her as introverted and not willing to take part in village clubs which personally I’d feel the same about.
I felt sorry for Ben. Looking after his elderly father and running a large house would be tough enough without everyone thinking he murdered his wife.
Another great secondary character was Hayley who runs the local pub and becomes a sort of Watson to Eve’s Holmes, helping her pump the locals for information.
I feel the village atmosphere is really captured in this book, with petty rivalries, gossip and some outspoken characters.
I felt it was at times a little heavier on the romance than the mystery, but I enjoyed the will they/won’t they, between Ben and Eve.
Let Sleeping Murder Lie is a gentle read which will satisfy any cozy mystery lover out there.
About The Author:
Carmen Radtke has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books and newspapers by her side.
She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents and always dreamt of becoming a novelist and screenwriter.
When she found herself crouched under her dining table, typing away on a novel between two earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, she realised she was hooked for life.
When Carmen is not writing cozy mysteries, reading or dreaming of travel, she is busy acting as resident cat servant or tap-dancing (badly, but enthusiastic).
She is currently working on her next Jack and Frances mystery.
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