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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing Death on the Menu by Emma Davies, published by, Bookouture.


Francesca Eve has planned a showstopping funeral supper to say goodbye in style, but the last thing she expects is a murder on the menu…

When elderly millionaire and eccentric entrepreneur Clarence Lightman dies, his nearest and dearest gather one final time at Justice House, Clarence’s beautiful country estate, for the reading of his will. But the day ends in uproar when it is revealed that whoever solves a series of complex clues will inherit everything. Will one of Clarence’s disagreeable children outwit everyone else for the fortune, or could his devoted housekeeper or even Francesca herself win the day?

Francesca knows she should stick to the kitchen and stay out of this lethal game, but she is unwillingly drawn into the mystery when she finds one of Clarence’s sons, blood pooling from a deadly thwack to the head, shoved into the larder. Somebody is clearly not playing fair, and Francesca feels sure that they won’t stop until all of the competition has been eliminated.

Trapped in the game until all the riddles are solved, Francesca must solve the clues and find the ruthless killer to protect herself and her fellow innocent guests. But she can’t trust anyone. Fran must use all her wits, not only to hunt down the truth, but to stay alive…

An addictive cozy crime novel packed with twists you won’t expect. If you love Faith Martin, M.C. Beaton and The Thursday Murder Club you’ll adore this thrilling mystery.

Unfortunately sometimes the feathers of a family can be ruffled by the reading of a will. In this tale, for the deceased Clarence Lightman, his decision to have his family compete in a game where the winner inherits his whole fortune, causes quite the uproar from his three children! Rubbing my hands with glee, I couldn’t wait to dive in a see how it would all unfold.

I really enjoyed this mystery and once again being reunited with Francesca and her mystery solving companion Adam. As the caterer for the funeral supper, Francesca becomes tangled up in the game when she stumbles upon the body of one of Clarence’s sons. Someone will stop at nothing to make sure they get their hands on this fortune, even murder!

Davies does a great job of keeping the reader engaged throughout. There are not a lot of characters to suspect, which you would think would be easy to solve, but she expertly keeps you second guessing yourself, with twists and turns aplenty. All round, this is another fun and riveting read and I can’t wait for more from this mystery solving duo.

Thank you to Emma Davies, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Death on the Menu, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Follow the tour along the way for these bloggers thoughts about this book. 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.




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