PUBLISHED BY SEVERN HOUSE PUBLISHERS ON 4th AUGUST 2020
Christmas, cookies and a corpse: Tish Tarragon is drawn into a deadly puzzle when a young actress is murdered at the Hobson Glen Holiday Fair.
Literary caterer Letitia ‘Tish’ Tarragon has pulled out all the stops for her booth at the Hobson Glen Holiday Fair, theming her appetising offerings around the festive performances by the Williamsburg Theatre Group. But when Tish meets the cast, she is surprised by the hostility between members of the allegedly close-knit troupe, centred around their star actress, the beautiful, talented yet mysterious ing�nue, Jenny Inkpen.
Determined to spread some Christmas cheer, Tish volunteers to deliver breakfast to the eight actors but is horrified to discover Jenny dead in her trailer the next morning. As Tish attempts to find out more about the group’s leading lady, she soon uncovers lies, jealousy and a series of shocking secrets. Can Tish expose a cold-blooded killer before the fair is over?
Amy Patricia Meade
Author of the critically acclaimed Marjorie McClelland Mysteries, Amy Patricia Meade is a native of Long Island, NY where she cut her teeth on classic films and books featuring Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown.
After stints as an Operations Manager for a document imaging company and a freelance technical writer, Amy left the bright lights of New York City and headed north to pursue her creative writing career amidst the idyllic beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains.
Now residing in Bristol, England Amy spends her time writing mysteries with a humorous or historical bent. When not writing – which is rare these days – Amy enjoys travelling, testing out new recipes, classic films, and exploring her new home.
Amy is a member of Sisters in Crime and The Crime Writers Association.
WHAT DID I THINK
This is the second one I have read in this series even though they are stand-alone so can be read in any order. I love the idea of a literary cafe with the food having bookish or literary names. Tish appears to hear all the gossip in her cafe or while she is doing her food deliveries which are to a fairground and amateur acting group. So when one of the young actresses is killed the whole group are shocked and coming up with their own motives for people. Tish, being a good listener takes it all in and eventually solves the murder before the local police.
This is a nice soft crime and perfect for keeping you entertained while on holiday or just relaxing. Characters work well together even though there are a few of them but it’s all written really well.