A Spoonful of Murder: The first book in a hilarious and totally unputdownable cosy murder mystery series for fans of The Thursday Murder Club

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A Spoonful of Murder: The first book in a hilarious and totally unputdownable cosy murder mystery series for fans of The Thursday Murder Club

A Spoonful of Murder: The first book in a hilarious and totally unputdownable cosy murder mystery series for fans of The Thursday Murder Club

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they wouldn't have met Topsy and KellyAnne and, crucially, Thelma wouldn't have come across Topsy crying in the toilets, which they all agreed was really the start of things. That’s certainly the case when it comes to Liz, Thelma and Pat, the three women who, in true Miss Marple style, find themselves in the midst of a case of murder.

The story was rather slow in my opinion and had too many red herrings in it that led to different people involved in the murder.She'd also been targeted by a dodgy local builder, who'd convinced her that her late husband had arranged the expensive and unnecessary work he's done (or half-done) around her home. When her former colleagues, three retired teachers, learn of her death and the other problems she has been having, they become concerned. Topsy is clearly suffering from some form of memory related illness and it's clearly taking a toll on Kellyanne. I thought I had a few things figured out, but with so many possible suspects and clues that led me down various paths, I was only partially correct. The story is told from all of their points of view, which serves to both enhance, and perhaps at times stall, our understanding, but the author gives believable and distinct voices to them making it easy to follow the changes in perspective.

In light of Topsy's comments to Thelma, the three friends aren't satisfied that Topsy's death was the simple accident it appears, and begin a surreptitious investigation of their own into the events leading up to what has occurred. Our amateur sleuths in this case are three recently-retired elementary school teachers: Liz, Thelma and Pat. Hence coffee o'clock every Thursday in the café at Thirsk Garden Centre (good parking, well away from tourists). This series was inspired by Jon's long-time career as deputy headmaster of a northern primary school. The author is overly descriptive, the pacing is slow, and it is hard to tell which character is talking (they all sounded alike to me).It is not that I disliked the book or how it was written, unfortunately it just did not grip me as a mystery should. We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. However, things take an alarming turn when Topsy confides in Thelma about people coming to her house, "financial misnomers" and that someone had said "It'd be better all round if she was dead. Sadly, in spite of having some plus points, I found this becoming too much like hard work - and that is one thing that a cosy mystery can never afford to be if it is to work well.



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