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A Cornish Recipe for Murder: A funny and feel-good cozy crime mystery (A Nosey Parker Cozy Mystery, Book 5) Kindle Edition
‘A sparklingly delicious confection to satisfy the mystery reader’s appetite’ Helena Dixon, bestselling author of the Miss Underhay Mysteries
Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is back!
When popular TV baking contest and national institution ‘The Best of British Baking Roadshow’ rolls into town and sets up camp in the grounds of Boskern House, a historic stately home near Penstowan, former police officer Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker finds herself competing to represent Cornwall in the grand final.
But with a fellow contestant who will stop at nothing to win and a drag queen host with secrets of their own, Jodie discovers that the roadshow doesn’t just have the ingredients for the perfect showstopper cake, but also for the perfect murder…
And when a body is found in the grounds of the house, Jodie is drawn into another high-stakes case along with local DCI Nathan Withers.
Can Jodie expose the culprit? Or will the murderer become the real showstopper?
What readers are saying:
‘Come for the sleuthing, stay for the fun! Can hardly wait for the next one!’ Jan, 5 star NetGalley reader review
‘Fiona Leitch is a delight’ Elle, 5 star NetGalley reader review
‘Another fantastic addition to my favorite series!’ Rekha, 5 star NetGalley reader review
‘5 WELL DESERVED STARS! You will want to read this in one sitting because you are on the edge of your seat the entire time… I was mad at life getting in the way!’ Michelle, 5 star NetGalley reader review
‘I am a big fan of Nosey Parker and her awesome family… It’s a ball to read and I couldn't put it down!’ Jaimee, 5 star NetGalley reader review
‘This is a fun series smothered in good humour, some of it witty and some the belly laugh kind. Jodie is a terrific character’ Bridget, 5 star NetGalley reader review
‘I don’t think cozy crime can get cozier than this!’ P, 5 star NetGalley reader review
‘I read it as a standalone and found it just as enjoyable… I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an amusing well-written cozy crime novel’ Eli, 5 star NetGalley reader review
- ASIN : B09FKPJJ1N
- Publisher : One More Chapter (August 18, 2022)
- Publication date : August 18, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 2818 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 263 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #157,388 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2022
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Once again, I enjoyed visiting with old friends. Jodie’s sense of humor and warmth continues to shine in this story. She was a likeable and friendly character with a need to investigate that I continued to connect with. The secondary characters continue to develop. In this case, we saw more growth in Nathan. His and Jodie’s interactions continue to be varied and range from witty to serious. The chemistry between them creates a fun dynamic. Instead of only quaint characters, this cozy has several realistic characters that add to the depth of the story. Spotlighting their individual traits made it easy to connect with them. Their Pomeranian Germaine continues to add cuteness and stress relief at various times.
A well-plotted story with characters that feel emotionally rich draws readers in and doesn’t let go until the final word in the book. The author did a good job of transporting me to the baking contest tent, which made the novel more enjoyable. The story had several twists, a few red herrings, a couple of surprises at the end, and gives readers food for thought with a question left unanswered. As always, having a sleuth that isn’t an amateur continues to bring depth to the novel that can be lacking in some cozy mysteries.
Overall, this was a story that quickly drew me into Jodie’s world. It was a fun, appealing and entertaining read with a solid mystery to unravel. All of the major plot points were resolved satisfactorily, and the atmosphere was just right. Themes include friendship, parent-child relationships, romance, competition, and death. Relationships continue to play a major role in this series. A recipe for one of the competition cakes is included at the end of the book.
I recommend the novel to those that enjoy the genre. It was a fun and relaxing read and I can’t wait for the next book featuring Jodie and her family and friends. For more enjoyment, the books are best read in order, but this can be read as a standalone.
HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter and Fiona Leitch provided a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is currently set for August 18, 2022. This review was originally posted at Mystery and Suspense Magazine.
This is a decent mystery with enough suspects to keep it interesting. There are also plenty of clues, some pertinent, some red herrings. The cast of characters is excellent. We start with Jodie, who is an ex-cop, and terrific mother and daughter, and a pretty good girlfriend. She is an ever-changing and growing character which makes her real. Her boyfriend is Nathan, who is CID and clever and handsome and very loving. He is a terrific foil for Jodie. Also included are Daisy, her 13-year-old daughter who is as authentic a teenager as possible, and her mother, who is 71 and far from old. The bunch of them make a happy family and a terrific background for their investigations. A good book!
I was invited to read a free-ARC of A Cornish Recipe for Murder by One More Chapter, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions a my own. #Netgalley #OneMoreChapter #FionaLeitch #ACornishRecipeForMurder
A Cornish Recipe for Murder by Fiona Leitch is a wonderful cozy mystery that is the fifth book in the delightful The Nosey Parker Mysteries series.
This is such a fun book!
This was the second book in this fabulous cozy mystery series that I have read, but they work well enough without the full continuity but I did enjoy it so much that I do plan to go back and read the first three books as well.
Jodie(Nosey) and Nathan are a great team solving the murder, what I love about this story specifically is that the sleuth has a believable point of access to the investigations by being a retired ex-police officer with a ton of experience in a small town setting were extra hands come in handy. I love that this entertaining cozy mystery takes place on set at a baking road show, since i love seasonal baking shows this was just right for me. The cast of characters and their interaction added to my enjoyment.
I had such fun following along with them as they unspooled the mystery, which was filled with leads, twists, suspects and a fitting ending.
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With DCI Nathan Withers on the case and needing her insight Jodie finds herself splitting her time between completing the variety of baking tasks and investigating who killed a crewmember and why. The competition is fierce but Jodie can't leave Nathan to investigate alone, especially as more than one of the production crew, presenters, and fellow competitors are definitely keeping secrets.
Book 5 in this wonderful series doesn't disappoint in any way. Josie, Nathan, Daisy and Shirley are all on top form and the scenes in the big white tent are my favourites by Fiona Leitch so far. The original characters are obviously based around those familiar from a very well-known TV series but are different enough to withstand the comparison.
There are things happening in Josie’s home life which will, I imagine, continue into book six. The ending left a few signposts towards what may happen next but was very satisfying and I didn't work out whodunnit until I was supposed to which is just as I like it.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. I have loved Josie since book one, and this is a brilliant continuation which is everything I hoped for.
I enjoyed this riff on the Great British Bake Off, despite never having seen the show or having much interest in baking because Fiona Leitch made it into a jolly romp - despite the murder! - with Jodie running off to investigate every time, despite the fact she's supposed to be baking and being filmed for the show.
If you want a light-hearted, cosy murder mystery, you can't do worse than join Jodie Parker and her family in their slightly madcap adventures!
This one crossed over into my enjoyment of The Great British Bake Off, it was hard to distinguish the book from the show at some points. The plot has some twists and turns I didn't see coming, whilst still having a familiar feel.
I love the characters, the settings and the stories in this series.
I have pre ordered the next book and I'm sure it will live up to the five that came before.
Also - bonus recipes with each book! I need to make this saffron infused fruit cake to see if it tastes as good as it is described.
Just one thing did irritate though, there was no attempt to write speech in any sort of dialect, a good point for me, but every so often the expression innit was tagged onto the end of a sentence - very irritating and seemingly for no reason. It's not an expression in common use in most parts of the country and I strongly suspect not in Cornwall. If its already in the next book I hope it's edited out before publication.