Francesca Eve, caterer extraordinaire, has come to Claremont House to work for the cream of society. A full breakfast spread? Simple. A glorious picnic lunch? Easy as pie. But a dead body for dinner was definitely not on the menu…
No sooner has Francesca Eve turned up for a jam-packed weekend of gourmet catering at a posh country house than she realises how challenging this event is set to be. Not only are the hosts wealthy – and demanding – beyond her wildest dreams, but each of the guests is more difficult than the last. But she never expected the host to turn up dead…
Suspicion falls on everyone in the house – could there be a murderer in their midst? Is the incredibly glamorous, and now extremely rich, widow really as upset as she’s making out? What secret is the housekeeper hiding? Whose money troubles are now forgotten? As the only person without a motive, Fran’s intimate knowledge of the house party puts her in the prime position to help the police.
As rumours swirl and guests’ pasts come to light, someone else is found dead. But when the police arrest their chief suspect, Fran becomes convinced they have the wrong person – the evidence is almost too neat to be true. So she decides to strike out alone, in the country house where the killer is still staying… Someone has killed twice to keep their secret safe. Will Fran be able to unmask them, or will this weekend turn out to be her deadliest job ever?
A page-turning cozy mystery packed with twists. If you love Faith Martin, M.C. Beaton and The Thursday Murder Club you’ll absolutely adore this unputdownable whodunnit.
Author: Emma Davies
Series: Adam and Eve Mystery #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 330
Date of Publication: May 27, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
Francesca Eve is a talented caterer and her weekend job should be a breeze. There is household staff in the exclusive Claremont House, but she also asks her friend Adam to join her and assist. Things go horribly wrong when the maid discovers the dead body of the host.
The police come and start an immediate investigation. One thing seems very apparent - the killer is among them. Suspects to consider, the dead man's wife, their weekend dinner guests, the staff and even Fran and Adam. One of them is a killer, and it is clear that just about everyone involved had a motive. Of course, the DCI on the case, Nell Bradley, doesn't for a single minute think Fran is a suspect. In fact, Nell's friendship with Fran is undeniable. In short order, a suspect is found and arrested.
As Fran is packing up to head home, she can't help but think that the police did not arrest the right person, so she delves deep into the stories behind everyone there in order to find the right person.
Although this is only the second book in this cozy mystery series, I am already hooked. Fran is brilliant and her skills of deduction are on point. Then there is Adam, with his innate computer skills. Considering their easy friendship, it is no surprise that they work together when it comes to solving murders. With excellent pacing, an intriguing mystery and wonderful characters, Death at the Dinner Party is the perfect cozy mystery read.
Although each book is written as standalone novels, why not jump right into it with Death by Disguise, and then be prepared for book three?
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It's a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.
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