Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day Murder in the Village by Lisa Cutts, published by Bookouture.
Meet Belinda Penshurst. Castle owner, dog lover… crime solver?
Belinda Penshurst loves her home village Little Challham, with its shady lanes, two pubs and weekly market, and she’s determined to keep it peaceful. She may live in Challham Castle but she knows almost everything that goes on under her nose. So when irritable pub landlord Tipper is found dead in his cellar, she’s perfectly placed to investigate.
Retired detective Harry Powell moved to Little Challham for a quiet life. He didn’t expect to be dragged into a murder investigation. But the police don’t seem half as enthusiastic as Belinda about the case, and there are strange things happening in the village. Particularly the number of dogs that have disappeared lately…
Is there a dognapper snaffling schnauzers and luring away Labradors? Is Belinda barking mad to be worried that her brother Marcus was arguing with Tipper on the day he died? Belinda and Harry track down the suspects: the rival landlord, the outraged barmaid, the mysterious man in the black car following dogwalkers around. But are the dogged detectives running out of time to sniff out the killer, before he starts hounding them?
A charming cozy mystery full of laughs and eccentric characters. Fans of M.C. Beaton, H.Y. Hanna and Emily Organ will love the first novel in the Belinda Penshurst series!
Belinda Penshurst has so much love for the townsfolk of Little Challham and their canine friends. When her beloved hometown with its shady streets and quaint market, is shattered by the news of the death of the somewhat cranky barman, who can she turn to for help when the police don’t seem that enthusiastic to save the day and the dogs that are mysteriously disappearing! (no dogs are harmed in this book)
The first in a new series, Murder in the Village is one story I really enjoyed. A great mystery to join in and help solve and with a cast of colourful characters, makes for a super fun read. The mystery has been well plotted, executed and plays out well and also keeps you on your toes. The banter shared between Belinda Penshurst and retired detective Harry Powell as they become involved in the case, is on point and they work really well together.
Murder in the Village is a promising start to a new series. I loved its charming and picturesque English country setting which made me feel I was also there experiencing it as its characters do. All up this is a well written and lighthearted cozy mystery with a great cast that I look forward to reading more of.
Thank you to Lisa Cutts, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Murder in the Village, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Murder in the Village Books on Tour
Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about Murder in the Village. Thank you to Sarah from Bookouture for my spot on this books on tour.
Let’s Get to Know Lisa Cutts
Lisa Cutts is a full-time detective constable investigating murders for a living. When off duty she writes a fictitious version of her day job. She lives and works within the county of Kent with her husband and Labrador.
She is the author of the DC Nina Foster books, Never Forget and Remember, Remember. Never Forgot was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award 2013 and the winner of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award 2014 for Best Thriller. She has also written four books in the East Rise Incident Room series, Mercy Killing, Buried Secrets, Lost Lives and Don’t Trust Him. All four centre around DI Harry Powell and his Major Crime Team battling to solve the latest murders within the county. Currently she is writing the Little Challham mysteries, cosy mysteries set in a fictional village in Kent.
She writes a monthly column, Behind the Tape, for Writing Magazine answering police procedural questions from other writers. In early 2016, she was honoured to become the Patron of Rochester Literature Festival and help establish Murderous Medway, an annual crime fiction festival packed full of amazing author panels. As well as being on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book, Lisa has twice appeared on This Morning to chat about TV crime dramas Broadchurch and Line of Duty.