Tuesday, May 28, 2019

BLOG TOUR - The Teatime Mystery

Today is my day for the Blog Tour for The Teatime Mystery by Faith Martin.


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 “JUST NOT CRICKET” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

Jenny Starling is doing the catering for the village cricket match. But she’s not expecting one of the players to turn up dead.

Everyone from the village has turned out to watch the match, and with this being the club’s centenary, Jenny Starling has been hired specially to provide her stunning food for the event.

Then the next man up to bat, Tristan Jones, is nowhere to be found. He is discovered behind the pavilion, murdered by a blow to the back of the head with an old cricket bat.

The handsome twenty-something had a reputation as a Lothario, with an appetite for married women. Did a scorned woman or a cuckolded husband kill him?

However, he’d annoyed other people too. He was a stockbroker who took big risks with other people’s money and lost their lifesavings.

Soon another body turns up and Jenny Starling is going to need all her cunning to crack this complex case.

This is the sixth in 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.


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.


FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year.



Title:  The Teatime Mystery
Author:  Faith Martin
Series:  Jenny Starling #6
Format:  Kindle ARC
Genre:  Mystery/Thrillers
Date Published:  May 24, 2019
Publisher:  Joffe Books
No. of Pages:  193
My rating: 4 Stars

Jenny Starling is a traveling cook who is rather looking forward to her next assignment. She is about to cater for the village cricket match. Per normal Jenny style, she takes stock of all the guests, all while crafting just the perfect menu with her exquisite recipes.

When Tristan Jones, a man with far too many enemies, turns up dead, Jenny is afforded the opportunity of helping the police in their investigation. Nothing is as it seemed as Jenny works hard on figuring everyone at the event. It is only reasonable that one of the players, or their family member, is undeniably guilty of the murder. 

It doesn't take Jenny long to discover that Tristin Jones had plenty of enemies. For one thing, he was a young man with more than one paramour. What's more is that as a stockbroker, the way he handled people's money left a lot to be desired. 

This delightful read, which was formerly published as Just Not Cricket by Faith Martin's pen name, Joyce Cato, is a delightful cozy mystery where Jenny excels in both solving unlikely murders while developing scrumptious recipes. 

The previous titles in this series are The Birthday Mystery, The Winter Mystery, The Riverboat Mystery and The Oxford MysteryI definitely look forward to continuing this engaging series by Faith Martin.

Many thanks to Joffe Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Review Links:
The Birthday Mystery,
The Winter Mystery
The Riverboat Mystery,

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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