The Accidental Medium: synopsis Tanz is a wine-soaked, potty-mouthed, once successful TV actress from Gateshead, whose career has shrivelled like an antique walnut. She is still grieving her friend Frank, who died in a car crash three years ago, and she has to find a normal job in London to fund her cocktail habit.… Continue reading ‘THE ACCIDENTAL MEDIUM’ and ‘THE GIN PALACE’ by Tracy Whitwell
Murder Ahoy! Famous crime writer Bella Tyson is hired to co-host a Murder Mystery cruise, on a luxury liner sailing from Southampton to New York. She’s expecting an easy ride; fun and games, surrounded by amateur sleuths and fans of her books, all the while staying in a deluxe cabin and enjoying the spa and… Continue reading Murder Ahoy! by Fiona Leitch
Synopsis While in Bath preparing for her upcoming marriage to Lord Darkefell, Lady Anne learns of a profoundly accurate mystic working in town whose uncanny predictions have stunned the gullible and the sceptical alike. Certain there’s a harmless rational explanation for the medium’s supposed otherworldly abilities, Anne’s tolerance turns to defiance when the seer’s dark… Continue reading Lady Anne and the Menacing Mystic by Victoria Hamilton
Synopsis A darkly funny whodunnit of sex, death and the tragi-comedy of old age Ex-SAS officer Tom Knight is now a 73-year-old private detective in a seaside town, with a bad leg, a taste for good weed and a morbid fear of growing old. He’s also fallen in love with Fran, a sprightly 52-year-old carer… Continue reading Vanishing Act by Charlie Hodges
Summer 1952 The sun is shining, the birds are singing, but Charity Nicholls is bored of her quiet life in a tiny English village where nothing ever happens. Other than her nagging, marriage-obsessed mother, all she has to fill the time are her dreams of becoming a writer, and the Sleuthing Club – the mystery-reading… Continue reading Death Remembered (A Sleuthing Club Mystery: Book 1) by K E Coburn
Blurb Some people would describe Beattie Bramshaw as a pillar of the community. Many would applaud her numerous successes in the bakery competition at the annual village show. A small number might say, if pushed, that they find her a little on the bossy side. And one or two might just whisper the words ‘interfering’… Continue reading Marrow Jam by Susan A King
Phew. Unforeseen technical problems put the Books Are Cool website out of action for a couple of days, but now we’re up and running again. Apologies to Caroline for running late with this review. Hattie Goes to Hollywood A Cumbrian Village… Three suicides… A red-hot summer… Join super-sleuth Hattie as tempers and temperatures rise in… Continue reading Hattie Goes To Hollywood by Caroline James: a quacking good read!
Synopsis Reality TV turns deadly in Cherry Hinton’s first case When Kenny Thorpe, a contestant on Expose TV’s Big Blubber, the hot new celebrity weight-loss show, is murdered on live television in front of 3 million viewers, the case seems pretty watertight. After all, everyone saw Martin do it – didn’t they? Cherry Hinton knows… Continue reading Cherry Slice by Jennifer Stone
A Messy Affair The only way is murder… Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner working in London, is forced to brush up on her detective skills for a third time when her cousin Sarika is plunged into danger. Sarika and her reality TV star boyfriend Terry both receive threatening notes. When Terry stops calling, Lena assumes… Continue reading A Messy Affair by Elizabeth Mundy
Synopsis Pawpaw County, Indiana, is all atwitter about Ma and Peepaw Horton’s annual Chickenlandia Festival. The mood turns dark though when the Horton’s prize-winning rooster, Dewey, and his best laying hen, Ginger, vanish, leaving behind no clues except for a trail of tail feathers. Also missing: Gertie Wineagar, local sourpuss, and BBQ chicken cook-off queen.… Continue reading Chickenlandia Mystery by Daisy Pettles: just brilliant!