Saturday, January 28, 2023

BLOG TOUR - A Village Fete Murder


Julia Bird can’t wait to attend the annual village party at the local stately home, with its tea tents, cake stalls, and… dead body in the maze?

The annual village celebration at Berrywick House is underway, complete with over-decorated cake stalls, fiercely contested flower competitions, and even a maze for the disappointed losers to hide in. 
Julia Bird, now a well-known – even notorious – member of the community, with her trusty Labrador Jake, has thrown herself headlong into the festivities. But her reputation for adding drama to any event stands up yet again when she discovers a dead body in the maze…

It seems 
Ursula Benjamin, village know-it-all and prickly baking competition participant, has been strangled – and the killer has to be someone at the fete. As Julia grapples with finding yet another murder in Berrywick, she starts to wonder, could one of the competitive cake-bakers have taken the contest to deadly new heights? Or is there something darker in Ursula’s life that led to her untimely demise?

Embroiled once again in a murder enquiry, Julia isn’t about to leave the investigation to the police. Like it or not, she’s involved, and she’s going to help them solve the mystery. But when there’s another death, and it’s clear the murders aren’t isolated incidents, the stakes become even higher. Can Julia figure out the identity of the killer, and prevent any further dastardly deeds, before the wholesome spirit of the village is ruined forever?

If you like utterly gripping English mysteries, then you’ll love A Village Fete Murder. Perfect for fans of M.C. Beaton, Faith Martin and Betty Rowlands.

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Title:    A Village Fete Murder 
Author:  Katie Gayle
Series:   Julia Bird Mysteries #2
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   255
Date of Publication:   January 27, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars

What was meant to be an enjoyable outing for Julia Bird, retired social worker, turned into her using her sharp deductive skills when a dead body is discovered in a maze where a village party is being held. Known for being a "professional interferer", Julia has no plans on leaving the investigation to the police. Julia's retirement was supposed to be a time of gardening, enjoying her dogs, baking and spending time with her new beau, Sean. With both Julia and Sean being in their sixties, defining their new relationship could be difficult.

Julia is becoming almost too good at solving murders, and that is exactly what she plans on doing now. The victim, named Ursula Benjamin, was at first thought to have died due to a heart attack, but it doesn't take long before it was clear that she was murdered. She was a math teacher, and was one not well liked. In fact, she was known as a bully, making fun of children in one way or another.

This third book in the Julia Bird series takes a very serious look at bullying, and the fact that the one guilty of this was someone who should have had the best interests of her students at heart. Instead, she had a reputation for being unkind and unfair. Julia wonders if indeed Ursula went too far. 

A Village Fete Murder was another engaging read in a wonderful series. I love that Julia and I are about the same age as it makes her very relatable. Also, what is a cozy mystery without a loveable dog? In this case, Jake takes center stage, which adds to the enjoyable nature of this series. The mystery was great and I love that I was kept guessing throughout. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

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

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Katie Gayle is the writing partnership of best-selling South African writers, Kate Sidley and Gail Schimmel. Kate and Gail have, between them, written over ten books of various genres, but with Katie Gayle, they both make their debut in the cozy mystery genre. Both Gail and Kate live in Johannesburg, with husbands, children, dogs and cats. Unlike their sleuth Epiphany Bloom, neither of them have ever stolen a cat from the vet.

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