It’s nearly Christmas, a time for peace and goodwill. Or maybe not.
First the house of a young Spanish family is burned down, and then a Dutch clog dancer is battered almost to death with his own footwear. On the night of the carol service, at which the Worldwide
Friendship Club’s choir is singing, a Scottish bagpiper is found dead. By Martha, who has come across enough dead bodies already this year to last her a lifetime.
Convinced there’s a link to the choir, Martha and best friend Lottie set out on the trail of the murderer. Their unconventional sleuthing methods land one of them in rather a lot of trouble…
‘Dead In Tune’, the sequel to ‘Hate Bale’, is an entertaining, festive cosy mystery set in rural France.
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I’m an English immigrant living in France with my family, after many years in Ireland. We have a seventy-five acre farm with animals ranging from alpacas to zebra finches. I work part-time as a
freelance editor. The rest of the time I’m helping to run our carp fishing lake business and inevitably cleaning up after some or other animal.
I’ve written both fiction and non-fiction books, and plenty of them – somewhere around the fifty mark now! Originally I was published by two presses in Ireland, but more recently I’ve taken the self-
publishing route. I’m a keen book blogger, and I also love knitting, natural dyeing, gardening and cycling.
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My thoughts: a series of crimes aimed at the ex-pat community in rural France raises Martha and Lottie’s interests and they start digging around in their community, looking for clues. Could it be another member of the Worldwide Friendship Club?
With a charming Spanish family in her guest cottage, animals to look after and a police officer boyfriend who’d rather she didn’t get involved (he’s away skiiing), Martha is dragged more into the case than she’d like by Lottie’s enthusiasm for the investigation, which risks Lottie’s own safety.
A fun, slightly silly, caper, with two women who really should know better but clearly want to help out their friends and neighbours when threatened by someone with a really nasty streak.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.