It’s no secret that I am a complete bookworm. I regularly read 10 books in a month. When I was asked to review “The Teatime Mystery,” by Faith Martin I was happy to give it a whirl.
The Teatime Mystery by Faith Martin
t’s fair to say I’m a huge fan of Murder Mysteries. I love a good “who done it” story – especially one set in England. Read on to find out what I thought of The Teatime Mystery by Faith Martin.
Blurb For The Teatime Mystery By Faith Martin Review:
Please note this book was first published as “JUST NOT CRICKET” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.
Jenny Starling is doing the catering for the village cricket match. But she’s not expecting one of the players to turn up dead.
Everyone from the village has turned out to watch the match, and with this being the club’s centenary, Jenny Starling has been hired specially to provide her stunning food for the event.
Then the next man up to bat, Tristan Jones, is nowhere to be found. He is discovered behind the pavilion, murdered by a blow to the back of the head with an old cricket bat.
The handsome twenty-something had a reputation as a Lothario, with an appetite for married women. Did a scorned woman or a cuckolded husband kill him?
However, he’d annoyed other people too. He was a stockbroker who took big risks with other people’s money and lost their lifesavings.
Soon another body turns up and Jenny Starling is going to need all her cunning to crack this complex case.
This is the sixth in a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.
Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.
I didn’t realise until I was around 20% into this book that it’s not the first instalment in the series. Generally speaking, I hate jumping in midway through a series, but this worked very well as a standalone story, too.
The book took a little while to, “Get going”, as Martin took a great deal of care setting the scene. I realised a little later than all of this was necessary, when trying to solve the case. Without giving too much away, I loved all the red herrings, and I am amazed to say I didn’t figure it out before the murderer was revealed! Honestly… I don’t think that has ever happened to me in a book.
If you ever watched the series Jonathan Creek, you’ll understand the type of explanation I’m about to give. This Murder seemed impossible, and you have to really think outside the box to solve it. I loved the story and will definitely be checking out more of Martin’s books! All 6 of the “Mystery” novels are available to read for FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited!
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About The Book:
The Teatime Mystery by Faith Martin is 194 pages long, and is available now on Kindle, Audiobook and Paperback from Amazon. It’s £1.99 on Kindle if you don’t have unlimited.
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