My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is another absolutely delightful – if such a phrase can be used to describe a murder mystery story – installment from the talented pen of Agatha Frost.
While a lot younger than Miss Marple, Julia reminds me of a mix of a younger version and Tuppence Beresford, another wonderful Agatha Christie female character who mixed daring do and espionage with investigative research.
In this Peridale mystery the stakes are somewhat higher for Julia as she investigates the murder of her father’s second wife’s brother. Mix in troublesome behaviour from young waif Jessie and a pending first date with the dashing Detective Inspector, and things literally end up crashing around her.
Once more there is an intriguing twist which wasn’t obvious to me before the big reveal and once again the Englishness of the setting was exceptionally well done.
While reading this one I had to go make a cup of tea and pop in a couple of crumpets!
#ARC received from the author in return for a fair and honest review.