Not as good as the first book but still a solid installation in the Nosey Parker series.
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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Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is back!
When a body turned up at her last catering gig it certainly put people off the hor d’oeuvres. So with a reputation to salvage, Jodie’s determined that her next job for the village’s festival will go without a hitch.
But when chaos breaks out, Jodie Parker somehow always finds herself in the picture.
The body of a writer from the festival is discovered at the bottom of a cliff, and the prime suspect is the guest of honour, the esteemed painter Duncan Stovall. With her background in the Met police, Jodie has got solving cases down to a fine art and she knows things are rarely as they seem.
Can she find the killer before the village faces another brush with death?
The second book in the Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker 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)
Hey everyone! I’m back again with a review of another book in The Nosy Parker Mysteries! If you missed my review of the first book, Murder on the Menu, you can click here.
A Brush With Death takes place shortly after the first book and once again follows our heroine Jodie “Nosey” Parker as she sticks her nose into yet another case. Similar with the last book, I’m still not convinced that Jodie is contributing anything to these cases (other than some much needed humor), but it’s undeniable that the story wouldn’t be the same without her.
While this second installment has the same wonderful style of writing and sense of humor, I definitely preferred Murder on the Menu. The same trope of “Jodie is too attached to the main suspect and wants to prove them innocent” is used in both books and I grew a bit tired of it. As an ex-cop I would think that she would be a bit better at not being completely biased in these investigations. I’m incredibly thankful for DCI Winters (who is by far my favorite character) as he often provides a much needed reality check for Jodie. If Fiona Leitch decided to write a series with DCI Winters as the main character, I’d be all over it.
Returning back to the story, if you’ve read some of my past reviews, you know that I can’t stand cheating. In fact, books with cheating as a many plot device tend to trigger me pretty badly. If I had known that the main (non-crime) plot of this book was going to revolve around Jodie wanting to get romantically involved with a married man, I would have chosen to skip it. I’m also not a fan of love triangles and this series seems to be headed in a very love-triangley direction. Jodie kind of comes across as the type of person who would fall for any attractive man she meets, and I’m really hoping she’ll grow past that as the series progresses .
Personal gripes aside, A Brush with Death not only has an amazing pun in the title but it is also an extremely solid installment in The Nosey Parker Mysteries. It has all of the elements you would want in a cozy mystery and even more. Murder? Nosey main character? Hot dudes? Cute dog? Food? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes! Plus, with all of the food talk, you are sure to feel hungry as you read this. But don’t worry! Fiona Leitch has your back with recipes at the end of both installments for you to try at home.
If you’re looking for a new cozy mystery series to start, be sure to pick up/pre-order your copies of Murder on the Menu and A Brush with Death today!
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