Blog Tour Wrap Up – The Manor House Murder (Monica Noble #3) by Faith Martin #mystery #crimefiction @faithmartin_nov @joffebooks

Thank you very much to all the wonderful Bloggers, Reviewers and readers who helped with the launch of THE MANOR HOUSE MURDER your help is very much appreciated. x

What the bloggers and reviewers thought:

Nicki’s book blog

A book you can really relax with whilst the grey matter can still be a little active. A robust plot and some larger than life characters who you can picture easily. Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

The crime is puzzling and well thought out. I really enjoy how all the characters interact with each other. Read more here

The Word is Out

And all the red herrings must have worked – I guessed a few parts of the ending but not the identity of the killer this time. An entertaining read. Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Reading ‘The Manor House Murder’ became addictive.  I just couldn’t get enough of the story.  Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

As always, this series has delivered another hit in The Manor House Murder. Monica and Graham are a wonderful couple, and that is a sweet addition to a wonderful cozy mystery series. Read more here

Loopy Laura

Faith Martin’s narrative is so familiar and gentle despite the murderous plot. I have said before that it has the classical English village feel of Agatha Christie novels which is one of the biggest compliments I can give! Read more here

Black Books Blog

This is the third, and final, book in the Monica Noble series, and this time things get very personal for her when her husband is chief suspect in a murder investigation. Read more here

Nightfall Mysteries

Sharon Rimmelzwaan


The Manor House Murder

Monica Noble #3

Available from AMAZON

an addictive crime mystery full of twists

Meet Monica Noble: the vicar’s wife with a taste for solving crimes.

Please note this book was first published as “AN UNHOLY SHAME” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

THE WEEKEND TURN MURDEROUS
Monica Noble and her husband Graham, the local vicar, are invited to participate in a high-flying church conference being held at a swanky manor house hotel in their village.

At the Saturday night dinner, the ambitious female cleric Celia Gordon tragically dies, seemingly of a peanut allergy.

But when Chief Superintendent Jason Dury arrives on the scene he quickly discovers that it’s a case of murder.

And Monica’s husband is the prime suspect.

Other suspects include an eminent bishop, an archdeacon viciously opposed to female clergy, and his wife, the curator of a local museum, who is definitely up to something.

But if Monica is to find out who killed Celia, and free her husband from suspicion, she must grapple with a very ruthless — and increasingly desperate — killer, putting herself and those around her in mortal danger.

This is the third of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with great characters and baffling crimes which will keep you gripped till the final page.

Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.


My Review

Monica is a vicar’s wife with a teenage daughter from a previous relationship. 

Carol Ann is studying for exams that will pave the way to university but she also aspires to be a model.  She wants to hate her stepfather, Graham, but really likes him although she will never admit it.  She brings a little humour to the book as we read of Monica’s struggles to keep her under control.

Monica wants a quiet life and is happy just being a Vicar’s wife but she usually finds herself tangled up in murder cases much to the annoyance of DI Drury.

There is a conference and the local Manor House is full of people who have dedicated their lives to worshiping God so nothing could possibly go wrong could it?  Well that would be very boring and life where Monica Noble is is never boring.

When a clergywoman dies everyone is under suspicion and there are several secrets to be uncovered. 

This is a gripping read full of twists and turns all the way to the shocking conclusion

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers: Joffe Books for the advance copy.  This is my unbiased review.


MONICA NOBLE was widowed young, leaving her to raise her feisty daughter on her own. That is, until she met and fell in love with Graham Noble, a country vicar (pastor), who enticed her to leave her high-flying job in advertising in the city and move to the Cotswold countryside. There she found bucolic life very pleasant indeed — until murder started to rear its ugly head. And she discovered, to everyone’s surprise, that she had a flair for solving the most unholy of crimes.

FAITH MARTIN is the million-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE and JENNY STARLING mysteries, which have topped the global best-seller charts.

MONICA NOBLE MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE VICARAGE MURDER
Book 2: THE FLOWER SHOW MURDER
Book 3: THE MANOR HOUSE MURDER

JENNY STARLING MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY
Book 2: THE WINTER MYSTERY
Book 3: THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY
Book 4: THE CASTLE MYSTERY
Book 5: THE OXFORD MYSTERY
Book 6: THE TEATIME MYSTERY
Book 7: THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY

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