The perfect introduction to a fun new cozy mystery series. Full of laughs and innuendos.
Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Fiona Leitch 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
Fiona Leitch is a writer with a chequered past. She’s written for football and motoring magazines, DJ’ed at illegal raves and is a stalwart of the low budget TV commercial, even appearing as the Australasian face of a cleaning product called ‘Sod Off’. Her debut novel ‘Dead in Venice’ was published by Audible in 2018 as one of their Crime Grant finalists. After living in London, Hastings and Cornwall she’s finally settled in sunny New Zealand, where she enjoys scaring her cats by trying out dialogue on them. She spends her days dreaming of retiring to a crumbling Venetian palazzo, walking on the windswept beaches of West Auckland, and writing funny, flawed but awesome female characters.
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The first book in a NEW cosy mystery series!
Still spinning from the hustle and bustle of city life, Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is glad to be back in the Cornish village she calls home. Having quit the Met Police in search of something less dangerous, the change of pace means she can finally start her dream catering company and raise her daughter, Daisy, somewhere safer.
But there’s nothing like having your first job back at home to be catering an ex-boyfriend’s wedding to remind you of just how small your village is. And when the bride, Cheryl, vanishes Jodie is drawn into the investigation, realising that life in the countryside might not be as quaint as she remembers…
With a missing bride on their hands, there is murder and mayhem around every corner but surely saving the day will be a piece of cake for this not-so-amateur sleuth?
The first book in the Murder on the Menu cosy mystery series. Can be read as a standalone. A humorous cosy mystery with a British female sleuth in a small village. Includes one of Jodie’s Tried and Tested Recipes! Written in British English. Mild profanity and peril.
Review (No Spoilers)
This book was definitely a lot funnier than I thought it would be. I’ve only ever really read two cozy mystery novels (I’ve read 3 Hercule Poirot novels but those don’t seem like cozy mysteries to me) and Murder on the Menu was by far the funniest one. I laughed out loud several times and I really enjoyed following Jodie (Nosey) Parker on her journey to clear her old friend’s name.
The fact that Jodie was nicknamed “Nosey” at a young age was absolutely perfect for her character. As an ex-cop, she definitely has the experience needed to hunt down clues, but it’s her nosiness that ultimately pushes her to do so. While I do think the police in this book would have been able to solve this one without her, I can definitely empathize with her need to poke around.
I think by far my favorite part about reading this was the writing style. I would probably describe it as informal, light, and fun. It kind of felt like I was reading a blog post or a well-written diary that was dedicated to recounting the events of the case. It was this style that enabled me to enjoy the book as much as I did. Not only was it funny, but it was also very relatable. You can definitely count me in for this entire series!
Feel free to follow along with the rest of the tour listed below! I’ll be back on the 10th to review the second book in the series, A Brush with Death. If you’d like to purchase a copy of Murder on the Menu, you can find it on Amazon (affiliate link) or here!
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