Today is my day for the Blog Tour for The Manor House Murder by Faith Martin.
Meet Monica Noble: the vicar’s wife with a taste for solving crimes.
Please note this book was first published as “AN UNHOLY SHAME” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.
THE WEEKEND TURN MURDEROUS
Monica Noble and her husband Graham, the local vicar, are invited to participate in a high-flying church conference being held at a swanky manor house hotel in their village.
At the Saturday night dinner, the ambitious female cleric Celia Gordon tragically dies, seemingly of a peanut allergy.
But when Chief Superintendent Jason Dury arrives on the scene he quickly discovers that it's a case of murder.
And Monica's husband is the prime suspect.
Other suspects include an eminent bishop, an archdeacon viciously opposed to female clergy, and his wife, the curator of a local museum, who is definitely up to something.
But if Monica is to find out who killed Celia, and free her husband from suspicion, she must grapple with a very ruthless — and increasingly desperate — killer, putting herself and those around her in mortal danger.
This is the third of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with great characters and baffling crimes which will keep you gripped till the final page.
Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.
MONICA NOBLE was widowed young, leaving her to raise her feisty daughter on her own. That is, until she met and fell in love with Graham Noble, a country vicar (pastor), who enticed her to leave her high-flying job in advertising in the city and move to the Cotswold countryside. There she found bucolic life very pleasant indeed — until murder started to rear its ugly head. And she discovered, to everyone's surprise, that she had a flair for solving the most unholy of crimes.
FAITH MARTIN is the million-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE and JENNY STARLING mysteries, which have topped the global best-seller charts.
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MONICA NOBLE MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE VICARAGE MURDER
Book 2: THE FLOWER SHOW MURDER
Book 3: THE MANOR HOUSE MURDER
JENNY STARLING MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY
Book 2: THE WINTER MYSTERY
Book 3: THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY
Book 4: THE CASTLE MYSTERY
Book 5: THE OXFORD MYSTERY
Book 6: THE TEATIME MYSTERY
Book 7: THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY
Series: Detective Monica Noble #3
Format: Kindle ARC
Publisher: Joffe Books
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My rating: 4 Stars
Monica Noble and her husband, Graham, a vicar, have been invited to a church conference, where many big timers will be. Some will be friends. Some will be enemies. As the event begins, just as dinner is getting going, a female cleric, Celia Gordon suddenly dies. It is an apparent allergic reaction, but it does not take time for Jason Dury, Chief Superintendent...and Monica, to realize that it was murder.
Furthermore, Graham is the prime suspect. Monica works fast and feverishly to clear his name. She knows her gentle, loving husband could never harm anyone. As things progress, there are other suspects. Monica has a fabulous ability to get to the bottom of things, even if it means placing herself and her loved ones in danger.
As always, this series has delivered another hit in The Manor House Murder. Monica and Graham are a wonderful couple, and that is a sweet addition to a wonderful cozy mystery series. For a quick read, be sure to grab this, as well as the first two books in the series, The Vicarage Murder and The Flower Show Murder.
Many thanks to Joffe Books, Books n All Promotions and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the university city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time. The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style 'whodunits' under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.