Friday, September 23, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Death on the Menu


Francesca Eve has planned a showstopping funeral supper to say goodbye in style, but the last thing she expects is a murder on the menu…

When elderly millionaire and 
eccentric entrepreneur Clarence Lightman dies, his nearest and dearest gather one final time at Justice House, Clarence’s beautiful country estate, for the reading of his will. But the day ends in uproar when it is revealed that whoever solves a series of complex clues will inherit everything. Will one of Clarence’s disagreeable children outwit everyone else for the fortune, or could his devoted housekeeper or even Francesca herself win the day?

knows she should stick to the kitchen and stay out of this lethal game, but she is unwillingly drawn into the mystery when she finds one of Clarence’s sons, blood pooling from a deadly thwack to the head, shoved into the larder. Somebody is clearly not playing fair, and Francesca feels sure that they won’t stop until all of the competition has been eliminated.

Trapped in the game until all the riddles are solved, Francesca must solve the clues and find the ruthless killer to protect herself and her fellow innocent guests. But she can’t trust anyone. Fran must use all her wits, not only to hunt down the truth, but to stay alive…

An addictive cozy crime novel packed with twists you won’t expect. If you love Faith Martin, M.C. Beaton and The Thursday Murder Club you’ll adore this thrilling mystery.


Title:   Death on the Menu
Author:  Emma Davies
Series:  Adam and Eve Mystery #3
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   287
Date of Publication:   September 22, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars

Cyphers and cryptic puzzles are the backdrop in this third book in the Adam and Eve Mystery series. Francesca Eve and Adam find themselves scratching their heads more than once as they feverishly work to solve clues while once again solving a murder. The man who has died had three adult children. Could one of them be the murderer who betrayed and killed their father?

Despite a generational gap of two decades between Fran and Adam. the pair make a perfect crime-fighting duo. Although amateur sleuths, they are more than adept at finding and solving clues, no matter the danger. Since the man that has died has three adult children, that is the beginning of Fran and Adam's inquiries. 

As Fran was fulfilling another of her jobs as a traveling caterer, she has a bit of freedom roaming about the house, asking questions at every turn. What is more is that Fran and Adam get a bit caught up in the game of winning the inheritance left by the victim. In short, the victim laid out a bunch of mysterious clues, and whoever solved this intriguing puzzle would net the inheritence.

Quite naturally, Fran is certain the inheritance is the objective of the murder, but is loath to believe that one of the man's own children could have wanted their father dead, never mind be the actual killer. Along with Adam and her old friend Olivia, they are in a race against time to find all the answers needed to bring the killer to justice.

I really loved Adam's role in this third book in this enjoyable series. Adam is a computer whiz and an experienced gamer, thus making this cat and mouse game of solving clues something that he excelled at. The clues themselves were as entertaining as the story in Death on the Menu, making this book a true delight from beginning to end. As someone who can't get enough of technology, puzzles and games, this book was a strong favorite of mine. Emma Davies is an excellent author and every book I have read by her thus far has been an enjoyable ride.

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

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After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: 'I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.' Well the job in the design studio didn't work out but she's now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

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.

Pop over to her website where, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car. You can also wave to her on twitter @EmDaviesAuthor or find her on Facebook (a little too often than is good for her).

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