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Blog Tour: Spruced Up For Murder – Helen Golden

Death at Francis Court Now Confirmed as Murder!
Speculation is rife that the victim, estate manager Alex Sterling (44), was found by Lady Beatrice (35), the Countess of Rossex, niece of King James. Lady Beatrice, who has finally come out of hiding following her son’s departure to boarding school, has been managing the project to refurbish and redesign the Events Suite at Francis Court, alongside Perry Juke.
Heading up the murder investigation is Detective Chief Inspector Richard Fitzwilliam. Rumour has it that he and Lady Beatrice have a fractious history…
Awful man! How dare Fitzwilliam suggest Lady Beatrice’s sister is the number one suspect for Alex’s murder. It could be any one of the staff who were on-site that morning. Well, she’ll show Mr High and Mighty Fitzwilliam! With her attention to detail, her clever dog Daisy, Perry’s imagination, and his partner’s contacts at Fenshire CID, they’ll find the murderer before him.
Unless the murderer finds her first…

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Hello. I’m Helen Golden. I write British contemporary cozy whodunnits with a hint of humour. I live in small village in Lincolnshire in the UK with my husband, my step-daughter, her two cats, our two
dogs, sometimes my step-son, and our tortoise.
I used to work in senior management, but after my recent job came to a natural end I had the opportunity to follow my dreams and start writing. It’s very early in my life as an author, but so far I’m loving it.
It’s crazy busy at our house, so when I’m writing I retreat to our caravan (an impulsive lockdown purchase) which is mostly parked on our drive. When I really need total peace and quiet, I take it to a
lovely site about 15 minutes away and hide there until my family runs out of food or clean clothes
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My thoughts: this was a fun crime caper with a fictional Royal family, which includes Lady Beatrice, niece of the King, and now murder detective. She literally stumbles onto the body of the estate manager along with Perry Juke, her sister’s assistant, while upgrading the interiors of the public facing parts of the family estate.

Unfortunately the DCI overseeing the investigation is someone she has history with and isn’t too fond of. So she decides to solve the case herself, along with Perry, his partner Simon and her beloved pooch Daisy.

As amateur detectives go, they’re not half bad, finding clues the police missed, and having more access than anyone else would get. Helps that Simon’s an ex-copper turned writer, people genuinely like Bea and Perry and open up to them more than they would the police.

This is the first in a series and as long as she occasionally gets off the estate (otherwise I’m saying someone is a serial killer if all the murders happen on it!) then this could be really fun with Bea’s upper crust society links and Perry and Simon keeping her grounded. And obviously Daisy. As long as there’s bacon.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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