Fiona Leitch comes to the blog with the second in her Nosey Parker mystery series, set in Cornwall and part of a ‘coming home’ story with
A Brush with Death
The little town of Penistowan is holding their first arts festival (don’t call it a fete) and Jodie is ready to cater to the needs of guests and organizers. Known for her curiosity and never looking at situations as everyone else (and a previous history of help in an earlier case) has Jodie adding questions and hours of thought above and beyond her own worries for catering to the menu.
My first introduction to this slowly developing story as both the place, characters and Jodie’s relationships with friends and family is building, also brought us an instant attraction that was hard to deny between a visiting famous artist and Jodie, and the never-ending tension and questions that seemed to arise with him and his relationship with his also famous wife. When a body goes over the cliff, and the behavior of some of the spectators to the festival is more than a bit suspicious, the story spins into a two-parter: discovering the secret that the artist is hiding, discovering who pushed the author over the cliff, and Jodie needs to discover just what is between her and the newly arrived DCI – is that just sparks in proximity or is there more?
Not having read the first in the series, there wasn’t a ton of adjustment time needed to meet the characters or feel comfortable in the setting: Leitch did a good job with providing just enough backstory to introduce her characters, and the dialogue went a long way toward fixing their personalities and relationships in ways that felt natural and plausible. The setting of the place as well as the influence / interference of the locals added to the small town/village feel and allowed us to see how Jodie’s familiarity with her childhood home also influences and sometimes deters her from action, albeit momentarily. This was fun, funny and clever – and while the red herrings were frequent, the reveal of culprit and secrets desperately hidden was entertaining and well worth the read.
Title: A Brush with Death
Author: Fiona Leitch
Series: Nosey Parker Mysteries #2
Genre: British, Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Murder, Mystery Elements, Recipes, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: One More Chapter
Published on: 12 February, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is back!
When a body turned up at her last catering gig it certainly put people off the hor d'oeuvres. So with a reputation to salvage, Jodie’s determined that her next job for the village’s festival will go without a hitch.
But when chaos breaks out, Jodie Parker somehow always finds herself in the picture.
The body of a writer from the festival is discovered at the bottom of a cliff, and the prime suspect is the guest of honour, the esteemed painter Duncan Stovall. With her background in the Met police, Jodie has got solving cases down to a fine art and she knows things are rarely as they seem.
Can she find the killer before the village faces another brush with death?
The second book in the Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker cosy mystery series. Can be read as a standalone. A humorous cosy mystery with a British female sleuth in a small village. Includes one of Jodie's Tried and Tested Recipes! Written in British English. Mild profanity and peril.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.