Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing Murder at the Castle by Lisa Cutts. This was released on the 8th of December, published by Bookouture.
When the star guest collapses at a wine tasting, it seems someone has a taste for murder. Fortunately, amateur sleuth Belinda Penshurst was at the event – and now she’s on the case!
Belinda Penshurst loves her home village Little Challham, and its charming, peaceful ways. So when wine critic Sadie Oppenshaw dies at a tasting Belinda organised, she immediately turns detective to uncover the poisoner…
Accompanied by retired detective Harry Powell and her boisterous Labrador Horatio, Belinda sets out to investigate the world of wine. There are scandals brewing everywhere… but do the local DIY enthusiasts have a deadly vendetta, or did Sadie’s reviews cause a resentful restaurant owner to crack?
When another of the guests at the wine tasting is found poisoned, it becomes clear the killer is only just getting started. Can Belinda crack the case and open the champagne, before the murderer catches up with her?
A charming cozy mystery, perfect for fans of M.C. Beaton, H.Y. Hanna and Emily Organ.
Having throughly enjoyed the first book in this series, I was very much looking forward to this latest instalment. Returning to the charming and picturesque village of Little Challham and reacquainting with its residents for this latest mystery, was just what I needed at the time for a more relaxing read.
Belinda and Harry once again steal the show and they just compliment each other so well as they come together to seek justice for the murder of one very cantankerous wine critic. The mystery was well played out with enough suspense and with its sprinkling of read herrings, keeps you on your toes. I also enjoyed the humour throughout which makes this all the more such an enjoyable and entertaining read.
Thank you to Lisa Cutts, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Murder in the Castle, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
Murder at the Castle Books on Tour
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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 Magazineanswering 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.