Day 5 of The Jenny Starling series and book 5 is THE OXFORD MYSTERY.
The Oxford Mystery (Jenny Starling #5) by Faith Martin
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Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is.
Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.
Please note this book was first published as “DEADLY STUFF” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.
Jenny Starling has a summer job cooking at a prestigious Oxford college. But she’s not expecting murder on the menu.
Then womanisingtaxidermy society president, Maurice Raines, is found with a knife in his neck in the dining hall.
Everyone is in classes at the time of his death. So, frustratingly it seems they all have an alibi.
However there are many suspects, including Maurice’s wife and his lover.
The college and police need Jenny’s help to solve this perplexing case. But can Jenny keep her concentration with a budding romance on the cards?
This is the fifth in a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.
Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.
In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.
FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year.
What the bloggers thought:
Black Books Blog
As with the previous books this is a very cosy mystery, with no blood or gore in it and enough twists to keep you entertained and guessing throughout. Read more here
Musings of a tired mummy
The book is easy to read, feels comfortably and traditionally English, full of red herrings and interesting characters. The Oxford Mystery kept me guessing until the end and I look forward to seeing where Jenny ends up next… Read more here
Nicki’s book blog
Maybe don’t read these if you are hungry- they may give you an
appetite! I think my only criticism (and its tiny) is that we keep being reminded of Jenny’s six foot, junoesque build which is a tad repetitive. That said she is not a woman to mess with and has a nose and ears for what is around her. Who wouldn’t love her as a neighbour or friend.?Then again…..she is always around when there is a murder so perhaps not!
A wonderful read to curl up with and enjoy. Read more here
Joanna Larum’s Reviews
This is the fifth in the Jenny Starling series and, I have to admit, my favourite so far. This time, Jenny is employed by an Oxford college (St Bede’s) to cook during the summer holidays for the various meetings and conferences being held there. Read more here
I read this novel as a standalone and it worked well, however, now I feel like I’m missing out on a wonderful series and must go back to read the rest! I loved the mystery, it kept me guessing until the reveal and that is so important in a story like this. Read more here
Robin Loves Reading
In this series to-date, Jenny’s focus has never been directed towards romance. It was a delight to see something blooming in that direction. I am not sure what is next for this series, but I certainly look forward to seeing more of Jenny in the future. Read more here
Linda Strong Book Reviews
Once again, this is a well written mystery with memorable characters. Although this is 4th in the series, it is easily read as a stand alone. Read more here