Wednesday, November 9, 2022

BLOG TOUR - A Body at Lavender Cottage



Nurse Kate Palmer is Cornwall’s answer to Miss Marple! But when a body turns up in her own garden can Kate solve the crime? Or is the murder a bit too close to home?

Kate Palmer is stunned when she wakes up one morning to discover the body of a man in the beautiful garden of Lavender Cottage. She’s spent the last few years renovating her cozy, clifftop cottage with its gorgeous views of the sparkling Cornish sea. And a death right under her nose is more than a little unsettling…

Woody Forrest, Kate’s new husband and the village’s retired detective inspector, takes a closer look he realises the victim is none other than Frank Ford – Woody’s old nemesis. Now, Frank is lying dead amongst the daisies… strangled with Woody’s blue police tie.

Kate is certain the man she loves is not a murderer and is determined to prove his innocence. But who would want to kill Frank and frame Woody? As Kate investigates, Frank’s family seem to be the obvious suspects. 
Could it be Jason Ford, the youngest son, who has an odd obsession with birdwatching? Sid Kinsella, the angry father-in-law? Or Sharon Mason, the troublesome daughter?

When another member of the Ford family bites the dust while Woody is tending his allotment, it’s clear the killer is determined to bury Woody’s reputation. But when a chance conversation on Bluebell Road provides Kate with a clue, she must find a woman named Rose, who could hold the answers Kate is looking for.

But Kate needs to dig up the truth – and fast! – before poor Woody is thrown behind bars. Can she solve the case and save her husband before it’s too late?

If you love murder mysteries with a brilliant cast of characters, twisty plots and plenty of red herrings, A Body at Lavender Cottage will have you hooked until the very last page! Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis.

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Title:   A Body at Lavender Cottage 
Author:  Dee MacDonald
Series:  Kate Palmer #6
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Cozy Mystery 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   251
Date of Publication:   November 7, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars 


Kate Palmer has proven more than effective when it came to solving murders. This time the murder victim was right in her own garden. Not only does Woody Forrest, former DI and Kate’s new husband, recognize the victim, something found on the body just might tie Woody to the murder. More than that, the victim was Frank Ford, someone from Woody’s past. As it turns out, Woody had received correspondence from Frank and Charlotte, the current detective inspector, is forced to view Woody as a suspect.

Bound and determined to prove Woody’s innocence, Kate must learn who Frank was and how he ended up dead in their garden. She starts asking about and suspicion quickly falls on Frank’s family. It seems clear that Frank had a problem with several members of his family, making it very likely that one of them was indeed the killer. However, there is soon another victim, and this points the attention back to Woody as the possible murderer. Working harder than ever, Kate is even more  determined to find answers.

A Body at Lavender Cottage is the wonderful sixth installment in this delightful cozy mystery series. Kate Palmer’s age does not slow her down a bit, and she will definitely remind readers of Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher. When you factor in Kate’s sharp skills and the intriguing plot, one that took on a few surprise turns, it is easy to see why this book will appeal to many readers. Also, not only do we have Kate and Woody, we also have Angie, Kate’s sister. Her inclusion in these stories adds an extra layer of enjoyment. The conclusion was riveting and has me more than eager for the next book in the series. 

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

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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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