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A Spoonful of Murder: The first book in a hilarious and totally unputdownable cosy murder mystery series for fans of The Thursday Murder Club

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It has a good mixture of humour, sadness, and mystery which kept my interest throughout and I didn’t want it to end. The course of the women's investigatory efforts is interwoven with the narrative of each of their own home lives and the goings-on around the town of Thirsk.

According to its billing, it should appeal to fans of Richard Osman's, "The Thursday Murder Club" and there are certainly some obvious parallels - not least the group of pensioners who get together for their regular "coffee o'clock sessions" in the café at the local garden centre on a Thursday!She'd also been targeted by a dodgy local builder, who'd convinced her that her late husband had arranged the expensive and unnecessary work he's done (or half-done) around her home. I was expecting interesting characters that will contribute to the plot each in a particular and different way but what this book presents us is three barely over sixty women who are sheltered, not very friendly to each other and dull. Ir viso to darosi jau kiek per daug – o juk dar nekalbu apie kiekvienos iš protagonisčių asmenines bėdas ir problemėles, kurioms vietos irgi negailima. There are also a few interesting details to the story from male strippers to cougars, no not the animal rather the classic older ladies that fancy young boys.

Their lives are rather mundane at the start, they have some excitement then go back to normal again afterwards. Then Topsy dies and it’s not only the friends’ lives that are turned around because the story itself suddenly deals with a more complex societal issue with regards to the elderly and how they are taken advantage of. I must have read it in about two servings as I just couldn’t put it down… Had great comical moments throughout.On one such Thursday, they meet an old colleague of theirs, Topsy Joy with her daughter, Kelly Anne. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners.

The actual culprit is quite obvious from the opening chapter but the devil is in the details and getting to the reveal is the most fun as the ladies trip around Yorkshire getting involved with male strippers and teenagers with a thing for older women. I found the writing a bit long-drawn and repetitive in parts and it took a bit of effort to focus as I waited for the mystery to unravel. M. Hall for an excellent read, I shall definitely be recommending this delightful and interesting book to my family and friends. I was lucky enough to listen to the audiobook and the narrator, Julie Hesmondhalgh was great and her Yorkshire accent really added to the cosy Yorkshire setting.I had a pretty good idea about what had happened to Topsy early on but there is something else surrounding the mystery of her death that left me with a list of suspects I was unable to narrow down. These wonderfully warm and funny characters took on a life of their own and spawned a series of cosy crime novels.

EXCERPT: Since they'd all been retired (Pat two years, Thelma and Liz four) it had to be said the weekends had somewhat lost that special quality - that snatched, hallowed glow. How the male author manages to also nail the middle-aged female psyche is truly a marvel, with each of the three characters so well-crafted you would swear you have met them. they wouldn't have met Topsy and KellyAnne and, crucially, Thelma wouldn't have come across Topsy crying in the toilets, which they all agreed was really the start of things. Along with the opening line “to be involved in anything like murder quite simple it was something they would never set out to do! The reference to Jackie magazine and the Banda machine which used to live in every staff room simply made me feel more at home.We follow Liz, Thelma, and Pat as they go about their day-to-day activities plus work to solve the mystery. Or maybe not … It’s not entirely clear, especially given that the alleged victim, Topsy, a former colleague of the three women was in her dotage and suffering declining health. Now with those other books, I still have a clear, strong image (months after reading the last) of the differing characteristics of Elizabeth, Ibraham, Ron and Joy.

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