Author: J. New
Published: January 2019 by Phantom Press
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Cosy Murder Mystery, Book Review
When a much loved pillar of the community is found dead in the duck pond early one morning, the village residents are left reeling with shock.
Initially deemed a tragic accident it’s not until Penny receives a letter from the victim, dated one week before the death, that she begins to suspect a different motive.
Death at the Duckpond is the second book featuring mobile librarian Penny Finch and her rescue pup Fischer, and finds the intrepid pair embroiled in another mystery.
Penny has lived in the Village of Cherrytree Downs all her life and loves her job driving her converted VW camper around the area, chatting with the regulars and helping them choose their next books.
Myrtle Montague, who lived in a manor house overlooking Cherrytree Downs, was one of the most popular residents. When she was discovered drowned in the duckpond on the village green it was accepted as a sad and tragic accident by her friends and those who knew her. A call from Mrs Montague’s solicitor to arrange an appointment with Penny gave her pause for thought. It transpires a letter had been left with the solicitor to be given to Penny in the event of Mrs Montague’s death—written only the week before.
Mr Hawkins nodded. “Yes, she was a unique character.” He slid a cream envelope across the table towards Penny, his eyes never leaving hers. “Mrs Montague thought highly of you, Miss Finch. As it happens, she came to see me only last week. Our firm has been handling her affairs for many years, and she had a personal request to ask of you.”