Practice nurse Kate Palmer is ready for some peace and quiet in her little Cornish village, but there’s soon to be a murder on her doorstep…
Kate’s retirement in Cornwall hasn’t quite gone as planned – Lavender Cottage is in need of substantial repairs and her sister Angie’s fondness for gin does rather stretch the purse-strings.
So when Kate is asked to do some nursing at the luxury retirement flats in Seaview Grange, she jumps at the chance. The old Victorian house has stunning views of the sea and the retirees are a peaceful bunch. That is, until Edina Martinelli, a glamorous ex-opera singer, is found poisoned in her home.
Edina’s death is ruled an overdose by Digoxin, the same medication she had been on for years. But Kate is sure the woman she met was not suicidal, and with the reputation of her practice on the line, she decides to do some digging. Luckily she’s got the newly retired Detective Inspector Woody Forrest to help her…
It’s not long before Kate discovers evidence of foul play, and there’s no shortage of suspects. Was it the besotted vicar? The ill-tempered stepson? Or perhaps Edina’s neighbour finally had enough of her constant warbling. It seems everyone had a motive, but who amongst them had the stomach for murder? And will they kill again?
If you love murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or Joy Ellis, then this page-turning novel will have you reading late into the night!
Author: Dee MacDonald
Series: A Kate Palmer Mystery Book 2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 253
Date of Publication: November 12, 2020
My Rating: 4 Stars
Kate Palmer is a retired nurse who has found herself embroiled in a murder that is just too close to home. For starters, she finds her retirement short-lived when asked to use her nursing skills at a retirement home in Seaview Grange. This is a luxury location and Kate is all too pleased to assist.
Things take a very bad turn when one of the residents, a former opera singer named Edina Martinelli, has been murdered, with poison being the apparent cause. Circumstances are quite suspicious, especially since the medication involved is the very same one that Edina had been on for years. While some feel that the cause of death was suicide, Kate is just not so sure. Having previously been successful solving a murder, Kate takes it upon herself to step in to prove that the cause of death was indeed murder, and is determined to discover the killer.
Kate is not alone in this, however. Previously, she worked with close friend, recently retired DI Woody Forrest, when another murder occurred, so the pair work together yet again this time. Just as expected, Kate discovered that she was right - this was not a case of suicide. So, who is responsible for the murder? It doesn't take Kate long to determine that there are more than a few people that were disenchanted enough with Edina to want her dead. So then, who is the killer? Kate soon realizes that she must act with swift attention, especially since other apparent murders happen in rather quick succession.
What a great cozy mystery! I loved reading this enchanting book and seeing an older woman who proved quite adept at solving a heinous crime. I couldn't help but think of other older women crime solvers like Jessica Fletcher or Miss Marple while reading this book. Therefore, I was more than delighted while reading this well-written book.
A Body in Seaview Grange is the compelling second book in this Kate Palmer series. I did not get the chance to read the first book, but I had no problems feeling more than connected to Kate and her methods of solving this murder. I was more than drawn to this book and now look forward to continuing this series.
Many thanks to Bookouture for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
She has worked in Market Research, Sales and at the Thames TV Studios when they had the franchise.
Dee has since relocated to Cornwall, where she spent 10 years running B&Bs, and only began writing when she was over 70!
Married twice, she has one son and two grandsons.