A Spoonful of Murder
By J. M. Hall
What it’s about:
Once a week, three retired school teachers have their ‘coffee o’clock’ sessions at the Thirsk Garden Centre café.
But one fateful Thursday morning, they bump into their ex-colleague, Topsy, during their weekly coffee and catch-up. By the next Thursday, Topsy’s dead.
The last thing Liz, Thelma and Pat imagined was that they would become embroiled in a murder.
But they know there’s more to Topsy’s death than meets the eye – and it’s down to them to prove it…
What I think:
I have really enjoyed recent cosy murder mysteries featuring older people such as The Thursday Murder Club and The Marlow Murder Club and thought this might be similar.
There are a lot of characters in this book. Liz Thelma and Pat each have their own lives and families as well as the victim, her family and their friends. There are a lot of different elements to the mystery and it takes a while to put them all together.
Because of this the pace was a bit slow for me. And while the old characters are experiences memory loss and trying to stave off the onset of dementia, I found the repetition a little tiresome although it was sin keeping with the characters.
The book certainly highlights how vulnerable some of the elderly can be to unscrupulous tradesman and fraud.
Overall this was a decent enough mystery that I’m sure lots of readers will love.
Thank you to Netgalley for the gifted digital copy of A Spoonful Of Murder