A Body in the Village Hall by Dee MacDonald / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @DMacDonaldAuth 



Kate Palmer #1

Kate Palmer is more than ready for the quiet life in Lower Tinworthy, Cornwall. But within weeks of her arrival, a woman is found dead in the village hall, stabbed to death with her own kitchen knife…

The victim is Fenella Barker-Jones: chairwoman of the Women’s Institute, doyenne of the amateur dramatic society, and reigning champion of the WI cake-baking contest. But whilst she may have been at the centre of village life, there were plenty who had reason to dislike her – as Kate is about to find out.

As a practice nurse and one of the first on the scene, Kate can’t help but get drawn into the investigation. Her patients are only too eager to tell her about the victim’s extra-curricular activities and, the more Kate hears about Fenella, the more the list of suspects grows: it seems half the village wanted her dead.

Kate’s sister Angie tells her to leave it alone, but Kate can’t resist piecing together the clues. Especially not if brings her closer to the handsome Detective Inspector ‘Woody’ Forrest, who is near to retiring himself and determined to crack his last case.

But when someone breaks into Kate’s home and leaves a warning note on her pillow, it becomes clear the murderer is prepared to do anything to keep their identity hidden… Will Kate and Woody work out who’s responsible, before she becomes the next victim?




I have already read a few books by this author but in a different genre than this one. I liked it that she puts slightly older people in the main roles, because when you are 50 or 60, you certainly are not old.

In this first book of a cozy mystery series she continues in this direction. Her sleuth and the detective are middle-aged but this does not stop them from solving the case.

A corpse here and there, a little romance and a determined and pig-headed nurse is what it takes to make this story a fun read.

Whether it’s a cozy mystery or a feel good story, a book by this author is reading pleasure guaranteed. Bring on the next one, please. 5 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.  


Author Links

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