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Friday, May 20, 2022

An English Garden Murder (Julia Bird Mystery No. 1) by Katie Gayle

Julia Bird chose this quiet Cotswald village for its rustic charm, the quiet, the feeling that it would be ideal for her unplanned retirement. She did not think she would find a dead body on the first day that she moved into the cottage. The body discovered buried in her garden shed for over twenty years is now a crime scene. She cannot get on with her plans for having chickens and a chicken coop till this mystery is solved. Trying to solve this in a village where secrets can remain hidden forever and where the residents can clam up against "outsiders" is legendary. This is very much so as getting information out of the villagers is near impossible. People "know" stories and hints abound but getting them connected is the issue. A typical cosy, this was very pleasant reading. Descriptive of the area and its inhabitants. The shops, the library and the villagers all made up for a very nice read. Sent by Bookouture for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.

4 comments:

Harvee said...

I love the setting and have liked English mysteries set in the Cotswolds. Sounds like a very nice read.

Greg said...

I think I want to live in this village already (minus the murder).

Lark said...

The setting of this one does sound fun. And the fact that her chicken coop was delayed by the finding of a dead body kind of made me laugh. :)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This sounds like a nice read and the setting seems like a winner as well.