Day 6 of The Jenny Starling Series and book 6 is THE TEATIME MYSTERY,
THE TEATIME MYSTERY 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 “JUST NOT CRICKET” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.
Jenny Starling is doing the catering for the village cricket match. But she’s not expecting one of the players to turn up dead.
Everyone from the village has turned out to watch the match, and with this being the club’s centenary, Jenny Starling has been hired specially to provide her stunning food for the event.
Then the next man up to bat, Tristan Jones, is nowhere to be found. He is discovered behind the pavilion, murdered by a blow to the back of the head with an old cricket bat.
The handsome twenty-something had a reputation as a Lothario, with an appetite for married women. Did a scorned woman or a cuckolded husband kill him?
However, he’d annoyed other people too. He was a stockbroker who took big risks with other people’s money and lost their lifesavings.
Soon another body turns up and Jenny Starling is going to need all her cunning to crack this complex case.
This is the sixth 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.
What the bloggers thought:
Linda Strong Book Reviews
As with the others in this series, this is well written with mystery and suspense from beginning to end. Jenny is a terrific character … she’s smart, she’s sassy with a sense of humor. She also finds herself involved in murders and it’s her quick mind that helps her help the police. The village residents are deftly drawn and lend an air of credibility to the plot. Read more here
The Word is Out – Alyson’s Reviews
The very astute detective inspector and his sergeant are both well aware of Jenny’s reputation and decide to make use of her talents when necessary, although in this story she takes more of a back seat, quietly observing until all the pieces of the jigsaw fall into place. A real “locked room” type mystery and very enjoyable. 5* Read more here
Nicki’s Book Blog
I love this series. A book you know you can settle down with comfortably with nothing to give you nightmares or put you off your dinner. Read more here
Always entertaining and I love the characters, they are so English to me. Another one loved wholeheartedly Read more here
Robin Loves Reading
This delightful read, which was formerly published as Just Not Cricket by Faith Martin’s pen name, Joyce Cato, is a delightful cozy mystery where Jenny excels in both solving unlikely murders while developing scrumptious recipes. Read more here
Joanna Larum’s Reviews
I enjoyed this afternoon at the village cricket match. It’s a nice cosy read, excellent for a sunny afternoon and is, I think, the best of this series so far. Read more here
Black Books Blog
The village and settings are very well writtten and the characters are believable which nakes the story better. Read more here
The Teatime Mystery is a comfortable and easy to read book. The events are over such a short space of time that there isn’t a lot of time to develop Jenny’s character further but it is an enjoyable read. The English countryside and traditions are evoked well in the manner of Midsomer Murders. Read more here
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