Monday, April 8, 2019

Review - The Castle Mystery

Title:  The Castle Mystery
Author:  Faith Martin
Series:  Jenny Starling #4
Format:  Kindle ARC
Genre:  Mystery/Thrillers
Date Published:  February 27, 2019
Publisher:  Joffe Books
No. of Pages:  183
My rating: 4 Stars


Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is. 

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective. 

Please note this book was first published as “AN INVISIBLE MURDER” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO. 

Jenny Starling has her dream job cooking for Lord and Lady Avonsleigh in a genuine castle. 

Then one of the castle’s treasures, a fabulously jewelled dagger, is used to murder a staff member. The victim is found stabbed through the heart in the conservatory. 

Lady Avonsleigh insists that Jenny help the police find the murderer. 

But how can Jenny solve this case when the murder was committed in front of several reliable witnesses, none of whom saw a thing? 

This is the fourth of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page. 

Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis. 


“A wonderful protagonist.” Mystery Women 

Classic murder mystery story with a twist at the end” Oxford Times 

“Jenny is an attractive, intelligent Rubenesque heroine, and the cast of characters above and below stairs are captured affectionately and wittily.” EuroCrime 

“Really enjoyable and easy to read.” Anne-marie 

In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies. 


Jenny Starling is a traveling cook who has had some great assignments, although in several cases there had been at least one murder. This highly sought after cook has been forced to divide her time as a rather impressive amateur sleuth. 

Jenny is rather optimistic at this time. After all, she will be working in a glorious castle with very respectable hosts. Although she spots an odd staff member occasionally, she maintains her positive attitude. Things quickly change, however, when someone working at the castle is killed with a valuable dagger that is usually on display.

When the lady of the house insists that the police allow Jenny to assist in their investigation, she jumps right to task. In her usual brilliant manner, her powers of deduction begin to shine, impressing everyone around her. 

The Castle Mystery is another delightful cozy mystery in the Jenny Starling series. In each case, Jenny exudes remarkable skill and confidence. I loved this book and I have also enjoyed the other titles. The next book in the series is The Oxford Mystery.

Formerly published as An Invisible Murder under Faith Martin’s pen name Joyce Cato.

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Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 15 books in the series are available now.

Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing 'spooky' crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired 'proper' whodunits. So, if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

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