Kate Palmer #2
Practice nurse Kate Palmer is ready for some peace and quiet in her little Cornish village, but there’s soon to be a murder on her doorstep…
Kate’s retirement in Cornwall hasn’t quite gone as planned – Lavender Cottage is in need of substantial repairs and her sister Angie’s fondness for gin does rather stretch the purse-strings.
So when Kate is asked to do some nursing at the luxury retirement flats in Seaview Grange, she jumps at the chance. The old Victorian house has stunning views of the sea and the retirees are a peaceful bunch. That is, until Edina Martinelli, a glamorous ex-opera singer, is found poisoned in her home.
Edina’s death is ruled an overdose by Digoxin, the same medication she had been on for years. But Kate is sure the woman she met was not suicidal, and with the reputation of her practice on the line, she decides to do some digging. Luckily she’s got the newly retired Detective Inspector Woody Forrest to help her…
It’s not long before Kate discovers evidence of foul play, and there’s no shortage of suspects. Was it the besotted vicar? The ill-tempered stepson? Or perhaps Edina’s neighbour finally had enough of her constant warbling. It seems everyone had a motive, but who amongst them had the stomach for murder? And will they kill again?
Is there an age limit to becoming an amateur detective? No, there most certainly is not and Kate Palmer is the living prove of that.
She is 58, but she is determined to find out who is behind the murders once again in this second book of the series. Just like the first time she almost gave us clear evidence that curiosity can definitely be the number one reason the cat can get killed (with her being the cat 😉 ). Fortunately she has a knight in shining armour to save her once more.
This book is a perfect example of how a cozy mystery should be written in my opinion.
I love it that the author always puts the focus on middle aged characters in her stories. The might be a bit more advanced in age, but they are alive and kicking.
Romance and suspense are a marriage made in heaven in this lighter mystery genre. 4 stars.
Thank you, Dee MacDonald and Bookouture
About the author
Aged 18, Dee arrived in London from Scotland and typed her way round the West End for a couple of years before joining BOAC (forerunner of British Airways) in Passenger Services for 2 years and then as a stewardess for 8 years.
She has worked in Market Research, Sales and at the Thames TV Studios when they had the franchise.
Dee has since relocated to Cornwall, where she spent 10 years running B&Bs, and only began writing when she was over 70!
Married twice, she has one son and two grandsons.
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