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Enjoy the atmosphere of a small Yorkshire village, where you meet the characters of previous novels. The plot is well thought out and keeps the reader guessing. What do I dislike? I suppose it’s the attitude of Evelyn and Tommy are the only ones who can solve to the detriment of the police force ability’s. The implied introduction of a child concerns me, I think it would spoil the novels as do over clever dogs.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
I'd have to say while it's not a bad book, it's not a great one either. The characters were people you'd like to read about. Despite fact that this is the second in a series and I haven't read the first book it was easy to pick up the situation and figure out enough of the events of the previous book that led them there. The mystery itself was quite interesting, well thought and with enough possible suspects and motives to keep you guessing (although I must admit my first instinct on "who dunnit" was correct).
Other aspects of the book however do tend to let it down a little. To start with there's the title, "Murder at the village fete". You'd expect from that that the murder actually happens at the fete; it doesn't. At the very least you'd expect the fete to feature prominently in the book; it doesn't. The fete is really just a minor event that aside from being the reason the victim is in the area could very easily be written out of the book entirely. So why is the book named for it? Well, maybe it's just another red herring or maybe they had to call it something and nothing else came to mind.
My main issue with the book is the lack of atmosphere. It's billed as a 1920's mystery "Downton Abbey" meets "Murder, She Wrote", but aside from WW1 being a recent event the story could really have happened anytime between the invention of the motor car and the mobile phone. There is nothing in the language, settings or fashion that really makes it feel like you're in the 20s. In fact some of the language in particular does seem wrong for the period.
Overall, it's a quick, enjoyable read, certainly more novella than novel but not especially evocative of the era.
Like these mysteries based in the past how things were in the villages with the lord and lady of the manor and the mysteries are good and Tommy and Evelyn's way of investigating them while trying to adjust to their newly status in life are interesting. Have them all so far and look forward to the next one. passes a pleasant few hours trying to work out the clues for you to guess who done it before end of book. If you like gentle mysteries these are for you
A very poor effort of a completely worn out genre. Lord, and Lady whatever, solving the crimes, whilst the thicker than thick police, are as usual, being talked down to, and made to appear to be fools by the upper crust. The narrator is quite good though
The book is a gift for my sister's birthday so I have not read it but hopefully she will pass it on. I was very pleased that the item arrived on time, was as described by the seller and I received prompt and courteous service.
Another great read the characters are so loving you feel as if they could be a member of anyone's family. Just love Lady Em and what will she say next. Cannot wait for January 2021 for the next instalment
Having now read the first two books, I have to say they are "unputdownable" cannot stop reading once I start, easy reading great characters, two of the best books I have read for a while, and I read every day.