Exciting, enjoyable, and atmospheric!
Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ andJulie Butterfield for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!
About the Author
Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of ‘always wanted to write’ authors who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper – or rather fingers to keyboard.
She wrote her first book purely for pleasure and was very surprised to discover that so many people enjoyed the story and wanted more, so she decided to carry on writing.
It has to be pointed out that her first novel, ‘Did I Mention I Won The Lottery’ is a complete work of fiction and she did not, in fact, receive millions in her bank account and forget to mention it to her husband – even though he still asks her every day if she has anything to tell him!
Book CWs: For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.
When Isabelle Darby moves to the delightfully cosy village of Lower Dimblebrook, she’s searching for peace and quiet as well as a chance to escape from heartbreak. After making friends with Fiona Lambourne, another newcomer to the village, Issie is left reeling when tragedy strikes and Fiona is murdered, the second wife Anthony Lambourne has lost in unfortunate circumstances. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the local gossips insist that Fiona had been embroiled in an affair before her death, something which Issie knows not to be the case. Determined to clear her friend’s reputation and solve the mystery of the rumours, Issie takes on both the gossips and the handsome but stern DI Wainwright, making both friends and enemies along the way!
Review (No Spoilers)
If there’s one thing that I wasn’t expecting from this book, it was how much I would enjoy it despite disliking one of the main characters. Isabelle (Issie) Darby was perhaps one of the most infuriating main characters I’ve ever encountered in a mystery novel, but Julie Butterfield has a way of writing that made it almost impossible to put this book down.
It’s not difficult to point out why I wasn’t a fan of Issie; she suffered from one of my least favorite tropes: unnecessary secrets. In a book that focuses on trying to solve a murder, you’d think that Issie would be more open to cooperating with local authorities. Instead, she keeps practically every discovery she makes a secret from the lead investigator (and often doesn’t listen to his instructions) for extremely weak reasons. I often found myself screaming at her for being so blatantly foolish. Towards the end of the book I actually wanted to jump into the pages and shake her into sense!
Despite all this, I very much enjoyed making my way through this novel. DI Wainwright was a character that rubbed me the wrong way from the start, but he grew on me so quickly that by the end I felt as if he could have possibly been my favorite character. Trying to solve a case in a small town where the inhabitants are less than helpful can’t be easy and the more I read the more I found myself understanding why he was such a grump and empathizing with him on a level I didn’t expect.
On top of that, this book has one of the best opening chapters I’ve ever read. I actually considered whether or not I could type out the entire chapter for all of you to read because it absolutely captivated me. If you’re interesting in seeing what captured my attention so quickly, you can either get a free sample sent to your Kindle from Amazon or view the first 50-ish pages with Google Books.
If you’re a fan of cozy mysteries and small towns full of juicy gossip, definitely give Deadly Whispers in Lower Dimblebrook a try. The second book, Wilful Changes in Lower Dimblebrook, is also out so you could even have yourself a nice sit-in and binge your way through!
Feel free to follow along with the rest of the tour listed below! If you’d like to purchase a copy of Deadly Whispers in Lower Dimblebrook, you can find it on Amazon US (affiliate link), Amazon UK, and Kobo!
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