As Delicious as a Devon Cream Tea | A Meadow Murder | New Cozy Mystery from Helen Hollick

A Meadow Murder
Helen Hollick
Make hay while the sun shines? But what happens when a murder is discovered, and country life is disrupted?
Summer 1972. Young library assistant Jan Christopher and her fiancé, DS Lawrence Walker, are on holiday in North Devon. There are country walks and a day at the races to enjoy, along with Sunday lunch at the village pub, and the hay to help bring in for the neighbouring farmer.
But when a body is found, the holiday plans are to change into an investigation of murder, hampered by a resting actor, a woman convinced she’s met a leprechaun and a scarecrow on walkabout…
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My review:
A cozy mystery full of delightful twists and turns
Minutes into Helen Hollick’s newest cozy mystery “A Meadow Murder” I knew I was in for another wonderful read. Jan Christopher’s latest adventure is as twisty as a Devon lane, and in the hands of accomplished author Helen Hollick, we not only explore the beautiful landscape, we are also taken on a journey into the darker side of human nature.
Encountering a group of delightful supporting characters, all intent on bringing their own twisted histories to the mystery, Jan quickly jumps into action. Her sleuthing exposes the murky underside of racehorse betting, as well as the not-so-pleasant consequences of winning – and losing. In between, we get to enjoy the simple and nostalgic English countryside of the 1970s, awash with pubs, country lanes, hay meadows and wellington boots. As the tension rises, Jan dismisses red herrings and reveals secret pasts to wrap everything up in a very satisfying conclusion. In short, A Meadow Murder is as delicious as a Devon Cream Tea–and far less fattening. More, please!

Helen Hollick is a USA Today bestselling author of the Pendragon’s Banner series, a riveting series set in Saxon England, and the swashbuckling Sea Witch Voyages, pirate-based adventure fantasy. Moving to Devon in 2013, Helen lives in a beautiful 18thC farmhouse with her family, horses, ponies, dogs, cats, hens, geese, pigs, and a few friendly ghosts. This landscape has proven irresistible as a setting for her Jan Christopher Cozy Mystery Series.
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