Published By: Little, Brown
Released On: 24/02/2022
When an old television rival, Deirdre Shaw, is found dead at the Cotswolds manor house where she was catering for a prestigious shooting weekend, Prudence is asked to step into the breach. Prudence is only too happy to take up the position and soon she is working in the kitchens of Farleigh Manor.
But Farleigh Manor is the home to secrets, both old and new. The site of a famous unsolved murder from the nineteenth century, Farleigh Manor has never quite shaken off its sensationalist past. It’s about to get a sensational present too. Because, the more she scratches beneath the surface of this manor and its guests, the more Prudence becomes certain that Deirdre Shaw’s death was no accident. She’s staring in the face of a very modern murder. . .
Thanks to Little, Brown for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.
This story is about an older female chef who used to be a frequent fixture on TV cookery programmes; one of our country’s best. It is written by Rosemary Shrager, an older female chef who used to be a frequent fixture on TV cookery programmes; one of our best. Well, write what you know I suppose. But, I mean, who doesn’t love Rosemary Shrager, she seems like such a lovely lady.
Maybe it was just me, but the way Rosemary described Prudence made me think very hard of our much-loved Prue Leith; the same with Deirdre, who strikes quite the resemblance to dear Dame Mary Berry. Maybe it’s just because I love cookery programmes, but I thought this was a nice touch (intentional or not). Oh how I’d love to see a cookery programme starring the three of them.
Throughout the entire book, in every word, you can hear Rosemary’s voice.
It starts off as a nice, twee little village fete, which lulls you into a false sense of security and suddenly there’s a death and it all becomes a bit Agatha Christie.
It’s not the most finessed murder mystery in my opinion, but there is a definite sense of Miss Marple about it. It is entertaining and funny, exciting but gentle. It’s easy to read (I read it in a day), but has enough for readers to get their teeth into, trying to solve the deaths. And like any good murder mystery, I wasn’t able to work out the identity of the true culprit at all.
And I’m glad to see a sequel is on its way.