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Robbery, Murder and Cups of Tea: A Novella: The Diddlebury Murders Book 1 by [Church, Phil]
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Book 1 of 3 in The Diddlebury Murders (3 Book Series)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Phil Church (December 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HBA3YE6
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Phil Church's novella is in the form of a classic cosy mystery as bumbling supermarket manager cum amateur detective Ray tries to find a serial killer. Not a word is wasted and you will find yourself laughing out loud at the "wit and wisdom" of Ray and the cast of village characters. Phil Church is a genuine talent.
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This is a gripping little yarn, with excellent character articulation and a neat little plot. Not so much actually happens (well it's probably very eventful for a small village), but being set in and around a pub, it doesn't really matter anyway.
The storyline is twisted together expertly, Phil constantly juggling the little ends of thread to keep the whole thing swinging.
The humour is British to say the least and is as fine a study of the genre as I have seen for quite a while.
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This story was utterly charming. Full of subtle British humor and witty dialogue. The quintessential, underdog protagonist, Ray, wanting to add some excitement to his otherwise mundane life, finds himself in the center of a triple murder investigation. Shopkeeper by day, he spends his evenings with his cohorts at the local pub, catching up on all the local gossip about the recent beheading of an aging village spinster. He bumbles along, in true inspector Clouseau fashion, sorting through the meager clues, and making him self the prime suspect in the process.
The story is well paced and cleverly plotted with an amusing ending that will bring a smile to your face. A mystery, taken, as all British mysteries must be... With a cup of tea.

B.L. Hewitt author of the Mac & CiCi Thriller series
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This short book was quite enjoyable. Ray is clueless. His marriage is an enigma, his work mundane, his affinity for murder cases laughable. All in all, a good cozy mystery. Set around Christmas time, this would be an ideal holiday book to curl up with. A cuppa and a cozy...how fun!
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Having greatly enjoyed Thrift, I was eager to try Robbery, Murder and Cups of Tea and Mr Church did not disappoint. I continually laughed out loud at his unlikely hero Ray. Desperate to spice up their humdrum lives Ray and his friends from the pub try and find the murder who is (literally) tearing their quiet English village apart. But of course, Ray isn't up to the job and it's not long before this lands him in hot water with the police and his long suffering wife Laura.
This book should come with a warning: don't try and read it in bed if you want to drop off to sleep. You'll soon be laughing so much it will keep you awake!
Great stuff and highly recommended.
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Great writing, humorous, fun characters, and a new look for an amateur sleuth. I have read many amateur sleuth books and they always outwit the police and solve the crime. But, this book takes on a whole new approach. Mr. Wilson wants to be a private detective, yet has no clue how to go about it. I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to more from Mr. Church.
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Set in an English village, the plot and characters charm the reader. Ray is somewhat the English equivalent of Walter Mitty: a dreamer, an idler, and a loser. Nonetheless, he is likeable. Enough HINTS were given for reader to spot the murderer, but the events leading to denouement make the final chapter fun!
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I just finished reading this novella and am still chuckling! This is the most interesting and amusing book I have read in a good while, and it still contains the mystery portion of it. You just should not pass this book up.

The story is well written, flows smoothly, and it makes you chuckle the whole way through it. It grabs you from page one to the end.

The characters are like none you have seen yet. They are well written and will keep your funny bone tingling.

Ray is a supermarket manager in a small English town. He is bored with his job and wants to be a private detective.
One of his neighbors is brutally murdered, so he takes the chance to investigate a real crime. The hunt for the killer is far from simple. Winter sets in. Ray struggles to deal with his wife's lack of interest, his friend's bungling enthusiasm,
The village tried to implicate anyone and everyone as the body count rises.

Folks, you have to read this book if, for no other reason, to see the way Ray's wife reacts to him. It is a riot!
No sex scenes, no cuss words.

I do recommend this book to age 14 on up. I know you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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