Daggers at the Country Fair
By Catherine Coles
What it’s about?
Winteringham Village 1947
As a thank you for her previous brilliant crime solving, amateur sleuth, Martha Miller is guest of
honour at the Winteringham Country Fair. However, this time she is looking forward to simply judging dog shows and eating cream teas rather than apprehending a killer!
And Martha is just beginning to enjoy spending quality time with Vicar Luke Walker away from the prying eyes and gossips of her own village, when disaster strikes, and the local teenage femme fatale is found stabbed to death behind the tea tent by Martha’s trusted red setter Lizzie!
But who would want to kill such a young girl and why? Someone in the village has secrets to hide and it seems Martha and Luke have another case to solve!
Let the investigation commence!
What I think:
Daggers at the Country Fair has got everything you need in a cosy mystery.
There’s a great cast of characters, a village full of secrets, multiple suspects and a fabulous dog.
Martha and Luke are great detecting team. Martha is clever and perceptive. She reads people well and can tell when they ate keeping secrets. As a Vicar, people trust Luke and are willing to talk to talk him. So between them they manage to get people to open up and reveal all sorts of interesting information. They are both also really persistent and not afraid to ask a difficult question.
Helen Kennedy is a tragic young woman with a lot of secrets. At just 17 she is seen by some as a husband stealing femme fatale out to cause trouble. Others seem to think she is a sweet young girl with a bright future ahead of her. Interestingly no one, including her own aunt and uncle seem to be sorry that she is dead.
As Martha and Luke start investigating it is very clear that there are lots of well hidden and not so well hidden secrets in the village and gossip is rife.
I really enjoyed this mystery. It absolutely kept me guessing right until the end and the final resolution was really satisfying.
Martha and Luke’s friendship is really starting to grow and and their feelings are getting deeper. But with Martha still married they have to tread so carefully. The politeness of village life in 1947 means is risky for them even to call each other by their first names. I really want to see how this relationship develops in the future.
Catherine Coles has created a great series and I will definitely be reading more of Martha’s adventures in the future.
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About the author:
Catherine Coles writes bestselling cosy mysteries set in the English countryside. Her extremely
popular Tommy & Evelyn Christie series is based in North Yorkshire in the 1920’s and Catherine
herself lives in Hull with her family and two spoiled dogs.
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