Author: J. New
Published: November 2018 by Phantom Press
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Cosy Murder Mystery, Book Review
A festive start to a brand new series from the bestselling author of ‘The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries.’
It’s Christmas in Cherrytree Downs and everyone is looking forward to the annual dinner dance at the village hall. But tragedy strikes when one of the villagers dies. Mobile librarian Penny Finch, an avid mystery reader, immediately suspects foul play.
I enjoyed J. New’s Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series very much and was drawn to this when I spied it on Amazon.
Penny Finch is looking forward to the annual Christmas party, which is held in the village hall. Her (self centred and miserly) long term fiancé Edward, prefers to attend his works Christmas party to partnering Penny so she is going with her recently single friend, Susie. The evening is brought to an abrupt halt when an unpopular resident of Cherrytree Downs is found unconscious. Penny, a first aider, can’t feel a pulse but does detect an alarming odour. Suspecting there might be more to this than meets the eye, Penny gathers up what she considers may be useful as evidence if what she fears is true.
The village policeman doesn’t inspire confidence and is about to retire, so when Penny hears the death wasn’t accidental she decides to approach Detective Inspector Monroe at Winstoke Police Station.
“I’ll certainly arrange for these to be analysed and I’ll be in touch to let you know the outcome. Oh, and Miss Finch?”
“Yes, Inspector?” For some reason, she felt her cheeks flush. Which was inexplicable considering the interview room was freezing cold.
“I’m new to the area and wondered if you could recommend anywhere for dinner?”