Sunday, August 6, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Murder at the Inn


Julia Bird loves the village pub quiz, but it seems one of her team won’t make it to the next round alive…

On the first Tuesday of each month, 
Julia Bird and her Agatha Quizteam teammates take part in Berrywick’s village pub quiz. They take it seriously – what’s the point of playing, after all, if you aren’t in it to win it? But it seems someone connected with the quiz night has taken the competition to a whole new level when Lilian, the local police constable and all-round general knowledge expert, is found fatally stabbed after the evening’s final round.

With local 
DI Hayley Gibson stuck home with a broken leg and an incompetent Superintendent brought in from the nearby town, it’s up to Julia to make sure the investigation stays focussed – whether they like it or not! While the police are convinced that the murderer is linked to Lilian’s professional life, Julia turns her amateur sleuthing eye to suspects much closer to home. Perhaps Lilian’s personal life could have something to do with the dreadful crime?

When another quiz team member is attacked, Julia is finally put on the right track. But what could possibly be important – or dangerous – enough for two attendees of the pub quiz night to meet such foul ends over? Could the culprit really be among them on that busy Tuesday night? As Julia’s race to identify the killer ramps up to desperate heights, she wonders, where will the murderous spree end?

Perfect for fans of M.C. Beaton, Faith Martin and Betty Rowlands, Murder at the Inn is a brilliantly compelling English cosy mystery.



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Title:    Murder at the Inn
Author:  Katie Gayle
Series:   Julia Bird Mysteries #4
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   266
Date of Publication:   August 3, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars

Julia Bird is ready for the next round of the village pub quiz. However, when one of the players, a local police constable, and one of Julia’s friends, is found murdered, it soon becomes apparent that someone is taking the quiz far too seriously. A well-practiced amateur sleuth, Julia decides that it is up to her to solve the murder. When another quiz player is hurt, Julia ramps up her efforts to discover what is going on.

What a delightful addition to an engaging cozy mystery series. Julia, accompanied by her adorable chocolate lab, does whatever she can to discover whoever it is that is going after the quiz team. While readers get to enjoy Julia’s exploits, the antics of her dog Jake are hilarious, especially when he and one of her chickens become best buddies. 

As Julia is a woman very close to my own age, she really made me smile as I read this book. Yes, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I do look forward to continuing the series. 

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


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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