Tuesday, October 19, 2021

BLOG TOUR - A Body at the Altar


Jilted grooms, sudden deaths, broken hearts and threatening letters. All in a day’s work for super sleuth Kate Palmer!

Nurse Kate Palmer thought the pretty Cornish village of Tinworthy would be the perfect place for a peaceful retirement. She couldn’t have been more wrong! But even she is shocked when she attends a beautiful wedding at St. Pirin’s Church and the handsome groom drops dead in front of her very eyes.

While the rest of the wedding party panics, Kate notices the strange behaviour of the not-so-blushing bride and the posh mother-in-law – and vows to find out the truth behind the poor young man’s sudden demise. Especially when the new detective Charlotte Martin makes it known that she doesn’t want Kate involved – and also shows an interest in Woody Forrest, Kate’s partner in crime-solving.

Undeterred, Kate discovers this isn’t the only wedding to have been sabotaged. A series of peculiar letters contain the clues Kate needs to get to the heart of the matter. But is the mystery letter writer behind the unusual deaths? Or is more than one person responsible for the strange goings on in the seaside village…

As Kate digs deeper, she adds more suspects to her growing list: the world-weary vicar, the unlucky-in-love cleaner and the bride’s former flame. But, as a pair of boots bring Kate closer to the killer, it becomes clear their investigation has placed Woody in danger.

Can Kate solve the murder and save the man she loves at the same time?

If you love cozy crime mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or Joy Ellis, this page-turning novel will have you reading late into the night!

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:   A Body in the Altar
Author:  Dee MacDonald
Series:  Kate Palmer #4
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   275
Date of Publication:   October 18, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars

Aah, a wedding. Perhaps this might be the quiet time nurse Kate Palmer needs. Having solved a few murders has given her a bit of a reputation. She is even thinking of retirement. But for now, she is attending a wedding. Shockingly, the groom drops to his feet - dead! How was Kate present for yet another death? A murder, as things turn out.

Kate doesn't shirk away from things. In fact, from the moment the unthinkable happens she notices things that others likely have missed, and those things include the almost bride's reaction, and also that of the bride's mother. There is no way Kate will let things rest, nor will she leave matters in the hands of the police. Defying detective Martin doesn't bother Kate in the least.

What does bother Kate, however, is that the new detective is quite attractive and seems to only be able to handle this case with the assistance of former detective, Woody Forrest. Well, Woody is Kate's love interest and Kate doesn't trust the new detective around him. Instead, Kate intends to solve the murder herself, with Woody's assistance, all while keeping an eye on the detective.

Before long, Kate recognizes a pattern that proves similar to what has happened at this wedding. There is a connected set of clues that Kate surmises and she is determined to discover what happened to the groom and to others in other similar circumstances.

Cozy mysteries are always so delightful, and A Body at the Altar is a perfect example of that. This is the fourth book in the Kate Palmer series and she proves to be an enjoyable protagonist. I love her age, her wisdom and her experience. Also, her relationship with Woody has made a good series even better. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Aged 18, Dee arrived in London from Scotland and typed her way round the West End for a couple of years before joining BOAC (forerunner of British Airways) in Passenger Services for 2 years and then as a stewardess for 8 years.

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.

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