Hence Jenny Starling was born — after all, a cook who travelled to country houses and other prime whodunnit destinations, she was just asking to become an amateur sleuth. She began her working life as a secretary but left to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. When Jenny Starling, the travelling cook with a penchant for trouble, accepts an assignment to cook for a wealthy businessman on his luxurious river-boat, the fabulous Stillwater Sam, she sees nothing but plain sailing ahead. Meanwhile, when complaints are made about email scams, computer analyst, Tina Silver, is brought in to help examine the software. When I opened this book, the writing felt comfortable and familiar in a way that welcomed me into the world of the book. All looks set for a peaceful and happy few days.
I received a free electronic copy of this British Police Procedural On February 2, 2019 from Netgalley, Joyce Cato, and Joffe Books in exchange for an honest review. Buy your copy of Cardinal Obsession. Buy your copy of The Work of a Narrow Mind. Of course with Jenny on board, murder never seems to be far behind her, and in short order, Jenny finds a dead body and then has to figure out whodunit and why. There are so many suspects and lots of sub-plots in this story and aside from the parrot, who is wonderful, it is difficult to empathise with any of the passengers or crew on the Riverboat.
This time it is their hope to solve it before she does. When one of the guests is found murdered, of course by Jenny, she again assists the police as she has a head start having known the guests albeit for a few hours. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Each book is a complete, stand alone mystery, filled with complex clues, some clever red herrings and one of the most likeable, unique heroines in detective fiction. Connections to executives of Wilson Macaulay Industries begin to emerge. My thanks to NetGalley and Joffe Books for providing an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My sincerest thanks to Joffe Books and Netgalley for this arc.
Taking a job as a temporary chef with a man named Lucas Finch, and was told not very well liked. This is a minor issue, however, as you could substitute almost any officers of the law here and have the same result. There are so many suspects and lots of sub-plots in this story and aside from the parrot, who is wonderful, it is difficult to empathise wit Another eclectic cast of characters for Jenny Starling, the enigmatic travelling cook to cater for. It moves at a pace that is just fast enough to keep you engaged and provides enough new information as you progress through the book to keep you wanting to move forward. This year, competition is fierce, and when her fellow judge, a well-liked vicar, is killed, Monica must wake up and smell the roses. A good read and I look forward to more. Posted in Tagged , , , Joyce Cato was born in Oxford and went on to work as a secretary before becoming a full-time writer.
The River Thames is especially lovely in summer, the limited number of guests a doddle to cook for, and even her employer's parrot has taken a fancy to her. It is not a profound novel, preferring broad brushstrokes, but it is entertaining. Confession at Maddleskirk Abbey by Nicholas Rhea When a woman confesses to Father Will, one of the monk-constables at Maddleskirk Abbey, that she has committed murder, he can do nothing but absolve her from her sin. Another enjoyable story in this well-written series with a likeable main character. Her previous novels Portrait of a Murder and Money Never Sleeps were also published by Robert Hale.
Lucas Finch is an old soldier, active in the Falkland War and was a very poor cockney lad until he made his fortune in English tea biscuits. Or should she stay to complete the job she was sent to do? I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for an advance copy of The Riverboat Mystery, the third novel to feature travelling cook and amateur sleuth Jenny Starling. The E-mail message field is required. Now that he is able, he indulges himself on several fronts - he owns a one-of-a-kind paddle steamship which he keeps docked at his country home situated in the village of Buscot on the River Thames. A second murder quickly follows, this time a local scientist.
Your Hillary Greene series is set in Oxford. The pacing is superb, as is the length of the book. She has a full time job in a school but not being one for holidays and being told she must take time off she finds herself a temporary job for a couple of days. Buy your copy of An Unholy Whiff of Death. Add a dash of humour and a little more modern-day thinking to the mix, and the travelling cook mysteries were born. His previous novels include This Rage of Echoes and Midnight Bazaar — A Secret Arcade of Strange and Eerie Tales, also published by Robert Hale. When a body is found in the nearby woodland, his moral dilemma grows.
This is my third read in the series, and all of them are equally enjoyable. A Narrow Victory is the latest book in the thrilling Hillary Greene series. When asked to judge the neighboring village's Flower Show, vicar's wife Monica Noble is thrilled, even if she can't tell a begonia from an azalea! And for a weekend cruise with passengers to impress, Lucas hires a temporary chef. All looks set for a peaceful and happy few days. This is the third book based on Jenny Starling, the first two, Birthdays Can Be Murder and A Fatal Fall of Snow were also published by Robert Hale. And since anyone aboard could be the murderer, she'd better keep her wits about her - and her sharp knives handy! When Jenny Starling, the travelling cook with a penchant for trouble, accepts an assignment to cook for a wealthy businessman on his luxurious river-boat, the fabulous Stillwater Sam, she sees nothing but plain sailing ahead. Of course with Jenny on board, murder never seems to be far behind her, and in short order, Jenny finds a dead body and then has Traveling cook Jenny Starling is back! So when someone is murdered, Jenny finds herself once again in the thick of things.