Burying Bad News
By Paula Williams
Published by Darkstroke
What it’s about?
One severed head, two warring neighbours – and a cold-blooded killer stalks Much Winchmoor. There’s the murder made to look like a tragic accident, and a missing husband. Could he be victim number two?
The tiny Somerset village is fast gaining a reputation as the murder capital of the West Country, and once again, reporter/barmaid/dog walker Kat Latcham finds herself reluctantly dragged into the investigation.
Things are looking bad for Ed Fuller, the husband of one of Kat’s oldest friends. Kat’s convinced he’s innocent – but she’s been wrong before.
Has Kat come across her biggest challenge yet?
Fans of Janet Evanovich could well enjoy this “funky, modern day nosey detective” transported to the English countryside. The third Much Winchmoor mystery is, as always, spiked with humour and sprinkled with a touch of romance.
What I think:
I love cosy murder mysteries and am a fan of Agatha Raison and Janet Evanovich and this book reminds me of both.
Kat has returned home to live with her parents, is juggling three jobs, none of which pay particularly well, and has a farmer boyfriend who is never going to leave the village she can’t wait to get away from.
As a local reporter she normally writes about parish meetings and flower shows. And the occasional murder.
I really enjoyed this book. Kat is likeable and witty. Her local knowledge and relationships with gossipy neighbours help her solve some of the mysteries and ultimately work out what has happened in the village.
The cast of characters is great – lots of quirky personalities and village stereotypes – cider drinking bar flies, bossy councillors, city relocaters and nosy neighbours. I particularly like Olive and Elsie, the elderly gossips who are very funny.
I really enjoyed this book. Despite being the third in the series, it stands alone and the narrative style fills any back story that you need to know. I’m definitely going to read book 1 and 2 now.
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About the author
Paula Williams is living her dream. She’s written all her life – her earliest efforts involved blackmailing her unfortunate younger brothers into appearing in her various plays and pageants. But it’s only in recent years, when she turned her attention to writing short stories and serials for women’s magazines that she discovered, to her surprise, that people with better judgement than her brothers actually liked what she wrote and were prepared to pay her for it and she has sold over 400 short stories and serials both in the UK and overseas.
Now, she writes every day in a lovely, book-lined study in her home in Somerset, UK, where she lives with her husband and a handsome but not always obedient rescue Dalmatian called Duke. She still writes for magazines but now writes novels as well. She is currently writing the Much Winchmoor series of murder mysteries, set in a village not unlike the one she lives in – although as far as she knows, none of her friends and neighbours have murderous tendencies.
A member of both the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Crime Writers’ Association, her novels often feature a murder or two, and are always spiked with humour and sprinkled with a touch of romance.
She also writes a monthly column, Ideas Store, for the writers’ magazine, Writers’ Forum. And she blogs about her books, other people’s books and, quite often, Dalmatians at paulawilliamswriter.wordpress.com.
She gives talks on writing at writing festivals and to organised groups and has appeared several times of local radio. In fact, she’ll talk about writing to anyone who’ll stand still long enough to listen.
But, as with all dreams, she worries that one day she’s going to wake up and find she still has to bully her brothers into reading ‘the play what she wrote’.
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