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This was the perfect book for me when I was down in doldrums. Author Fiona Leitch had done a brilliant job in painting the small Cornish village with broad strokes of love even if there was a murder that occurred.

Jodie aka Nosey Parker had left her job as a cop to make a lifestyle change. She became a chef and moved back home to her mother. On her very first job, a murder occurred and she couldn’t help herself. She had to investigate, much to the annoyance of the hunky DCI Withers. Sparks of all kinds certainly flew.

My first book by this author, I loved the setting where everyone knew each other. The love and bond that Jodie shared her mum and daughter touched my heart. They did help with the cooking and investigation. Her mum especially was a delight.

The author managed to insert Jodie smoothly into the middle of investigation. Even if annoyed Withers had to agree her nosiness was an asset so also her familiarity with her hometown.

Small details in the book added to cheer and camaraderie, even with the backdrop of the murder. I found this to absolutely delightful, something which added color to my sad, dreary day.


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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Still spinning from the hustle and bustle of city life, Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is glad to be back in the Cornish village she calls home. Having quit the Met Police in search of something less dangerous, the change of pace means she can finally start her dream catering company and raise her daughter, Daisy, somewhere safer.

But there’s nothing like having your first job back at home to be catering an ex-boyfriend’s wedding to remind you of just how small your village is. And when the bride, Cheryl, vanishes Jodie is drawn into the investigation, realising that life in the countryside might not be as quaint as she remembers…

With a missing bride on their hands, there is murder and mayhem around every corner but surely saving the day will be a piece of cake for this not-so-amateur sleuth?


Publication Date: January 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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5 Responses

  1. I just love the name of this series. I bought this one a couple weeks ago after reading another review. I am definitely going to read it soon after reading your review Shalini. I have read a few tearjerkers lately, I need more laughs and smiles.

  2. I loved the family unit too – Jodie, her mom, and her daughter are so much fun! I was disappointed that book 2 barely had the daughter and mother. Wonderful review!

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