Thursday, April 14, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Murder at the Gardens


A lovely day out takes a dark turn when a complaining customer is found dead… Luckily amateur sleuth Belinda Penshurst is on the scene – and ready to investigate!

Belinda Penshurst has always loved Brabourne Gardens. A keen animal lover, she enjoys walking its winding paths and listening to the excited squeals of schoolchildren encountering the kind of wildlife you don’t normally find in England. So when one of the visitors is found strangled, she’s determined to learn whodunnit – and why.

The victim, Simon Carter, had a reputation for making trouble… But surely that’s not a good enough reason to want him dead. Together with retired detective Harry Powell, Belinda investigates the goings-on behind the scenes, and learns that some of the staff are more savage than the animals.

Is it Estelle Samuels, the anti-social owner, who clearly has something to hide? Or the security guard who takes his job too seriously? Most worrying of all, Belinda’s ex Ivan was there when the body was found, and she’s determined to clear his name. As suspicions swirl, one thing’s for sure: if Belinda keeps following the killer’s tracks, she might find herself in their sights…

Can she sniff out a murderer, before she becomes prey?

A completely unputdownable and charming cozy mystery. Fans of M.C. Beaton, H.Y. Hanna or Emily Organ will love the Belinda Penshurst series!

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Title:   Murder at the Gardens
Author:  Lisa Cutts
Series:  Belinda Penshurst Mystery #3
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   266
Date of Publication:   April 14, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars

Belinda Penshurst finds herself ready to solve another murder. This one takes place at Brabourne Gardens, a private zoo. Belinda's good friend Harry has taken a job at the zoo, and before long, a murder occurs, and Belinda is not about to sit back and let someone else solve the growing mystery.

Complicated by the fact that her ex, Ivan, is there, as well as disgruntled zoo employees only make discovering the murderer that much harder. The excitement starts early on when a child is dropped into a Lion enclosure. This terrifying action was the first thing in what proved to be awful events, and that included the murder of Simon, who was apparently not very well liked. 

Then there is the complication of Ivan, Belinda’s ex. His sudden presence gives Belinda pause, and just might cause complications considering her growing attraction to Harry. Despite this conundrum, Belinda doggedly pursues the murderer, especially as she doesn’t want anyone else to lose their life. 

With delightful banter, romantic confusion, the beautiful environment and more than one likely suspect, Murder at the Gardens is the thoroughly enjoyable third book in a very entertaining series. 

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

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Lisa Cutts is a full-time detective constable investigating murders for a living. When off duty she writes a fictitious version of her day job. She lives and works within the county of Kent with her husband and Labrador.

She is the author of the DC Nina Foster books, Never Forget and Remember, Remember. Never Forgotwas longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award 2013 and the winner of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award 2014 for Best Thriller. She has also written four books in the East Rise Incident Room series, Mercy Killing, Buried Secrets, Lost Lives and Don’t Trust Him. All four centre around DI Harry Powell and his Major Crime Team battling to solve the latest murders within the county. Currently she is writing the Little Challham mysteries, cosy mysteries set in a fictional village in Kent.

She writes a monthly column, Behind the Tape, for Writing Magazine answering police procedural questions from other writers. In early 2016, she was honoured to become the Patron of Rochester Literature Festival and help establish Murderous Medway, an annual crime fiction festival packed full of amazing author panels. As well as being on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book, Lisa has twice appeared on This Morning to chat about TV crime dramas Broadchurch and Line of Duty.

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