About the Book
The first book in a NEW cosy mystery series!
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?
The first book in the Murder on the Menu 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.
Goodreads’ Rating: ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️
Murder on the Menu is a refreshing take on a British cozy mystery that delights with its fast pace, genuine characters, and ingenious narration.
What I Loved
I loved the characters, particularly Daisy, daughter of Jodie “Nosey” Parker. She is wise beyond her years, loves animals, and has spunk and sass that is endearing and fun to read. She is a preteen with all the intricate layers of a much older character. I also can relate to her mother, who made the tough decision to give up her career in the police force to take a much safer path of starting her own catering business in the village where she grew up. They are a delightful pair that make me anxious to read more tales featuring the little family unit.
Jodie narrates the story, and I loved the first-person narration with little asides directed at the reader. These asides are the primary source of humor in the novel as Jodie reflects on the things going on around her with wit and cynicism that often had me laughing out loud. It also acts as the most significant misdirection as I found myself engrossed in her thought process rather than looking at the story with my discerning eye.
The story stays focused on the murder mystery and does not get side-tracked with the catering business’s different components. I found this particularly enjoyable as I often get frustrated with cozies that are as much a cookbook as a murder mystery. Though, I wouldn’t mind some recipes being thrown in at the end in future novels. I always love discovering good recipes.
To Read or Not to Read
I am very excited to see where this series goes. I could see the potential for some very intriguing plotlines in future novels, which has me eagerly anticipating the next book. If you love a good cozy mystery- one that pays homage to the master of the genre, Agatha Christie – you will love this new series by Fiona Leitch.
About the Author
Fiona Leitch is a writer with a chequered past. She’s written for football and motoring magazines, DJ’ed at illegal raves and is a stalwart of the low budget TV commercial, even appearing as the Australasian face of a cleaning product called ‘Sod Off’. Her debut novel ‘Dead in Venice’ was published by Audible in 2018 as one of their Crime Grant finalists. After living in London, Hastings and Cornwall she’s finally settled in sunny New Zealand, where she enjoys scaring her cats by trying out dialogue on them. She spends her days dreaming of retiring to a crumbling Venetian palazzo, walking on the windswept beaches of West Auckland, and writing funny, flawed but awesome female characters.
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