Death at the Dinner Party by Emma Davies #BookReview #BooksOnTour #DeathAtTheDinnerParty #CozyMystery #Series #NetGalley @EmDaviesAuthor @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day Death at the Dinner Party by Emma Davies, published by Bookouture.


Francesca Eve, caterer extraordinaire, has come to Claremont House to work for the cream of society. A full breakfast spread? Simple. A glorious picnic lunch? Easy as pie. But a dead body for dinner was definitely not on the menu…

No sooner has Francesca Eve turned up for a jam-packed weekend of gourmet catering at a posh country house than she realises how challenging this event is set to be. Not only are the hosts wealthy – and demanding – beyond her wildest dreams, but each of the guests is more difficult than the last. But she never expected the host to turn up dead…

Suspicion falls on everyone in the house – could there be a murderer in their midst? Is the incredibly glamorous, and now extremely rich, widow really as upset as she’s making out? What secret is the housekeeper hiding? Whose money troubles are now forgotten? As the only person without a motive, Fran’s intimate knowledge of the house party puts her in the prime position to help the police.

As rumours swirl and guests’ pasts come to light, someone else is found dead. But when the police arrest their chief suspect, Fran becomes convinced they have the wrong person – the evidence is almost too neat to be true. So she decides to strike out alone, in the country house where the killer is still staying… Someone has killed twice to keep their secret safe. Will Fran be able to unmask them, or will this weekend turn out to be her deadliest job ever?

A page-turning cozy mystery packed with twists. If you love Faith Martin, M.C. Beaton and The Thursday Murder Club you’ll absolutely adore this unputdownable whodunnit.

What a deliciously wicked tale this is. Emma Davies has really cooked up quite the plot!

Death definitely wasn’t on the menu when Fran is hired to cater a weekend event for the affluent Mimi and Keith Chapman at Claremont House located in the Shropshire countryside. But when the host is found dead, Fran and sidekick Adam are on the case.

The second book in this series, Death at the Dinner Party is another great addition to it. I really enjoyed this mystery that captivated me from beginning to end and kept on my toes with a enough characters with secrets and motives to suspect.

I love the dynamics between Eve and Adam. They work so well together and make for a great amateur sleuthing pair. You wouldn’t think that a 40+ year old caterer and a 20+ year old gaming designer would resonate, but they really do.

You don’t need to have read the first book in the series, Death in Disguise, as Davies gives the reader enough background of it in this instalment, but I do encourage you to read it as it is also a very enjoyable read.

Death at the Dinner Party is super fun, entertaining and I loved every minute of it. I look forward to seeing how the series grows and I will be eagerly awaiting the next instalment.

Thank you to Emma Davies, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of Death at the Dinner Party, 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 with Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.


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Follow the tour for these blogger’s thoughts on Death at the Dinner Party. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this tour and for the promotional materials.


After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.

Pop over to her website where, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car.



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