Tuesday, May 11, 2021



Semi-retired nurse Kate Palmer is at it again and ready to solve a crime.  When her sister Angie has almost completed the renovations of the Tea Rooms, she finds a dead body in the cellar.  But luckily her sister Kate is a super sleuth and she is on the case.  The villagers suspect Angie is the murderer and Kate is determined to clear her sister’s name.  Kate teams up with the handsome Detective Woody Forrest who is retired but takes the case.  As the finger pointing continues, there are so many intriguing details, with awesome twists and turns.  

I really like the detailed description of the characters, especially the relationship between Kate and Woody.  The eccentric personalities of the villagers is so captivating that you are sure to quickly flip page after page.  This “curl up on the sofa” mystery will keep your attention and reading quickly, unable to stop until you get to the end.  As you flip the last page you are completely stunned as the culprit is revealed.  The charming mystery is so entertaining, a true laugh out loud and enjoyable read. 

Dee MacDonald, does a fantastic job of keeping the reader very engaged and yet not knowing whodunnit until the last page is turned.  I loved this series, and I highly recommend it.  It was such a fun cozy murder mystery. Thank you Dee MacDonald for such a wonderful series.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Dee MacDonald
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 10, 2021 
Pages: 275 
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Meet Kate Palmer! A semi-retired nurse with a sweet tooth for cake and a talent for solving crimes.

Kate Palmer is most disappointed when renovations at her sister Angie’s new tea rooms are derailed after a body is discovered in the cellar. She was looking forward to clotted cream teas with a seaside view. Instead she has another murder mystery to solve…

If the village gossip is to be believed, the unfortunate man was connected to the wealthy Hedgefield family. Kate is reluctant to get caught up in the investigation but a curious card in the victim’s jacket pocket sparks her interest. Not to mention the ridiculous rumour Angie is somehow involved! Keen to clear her sister’s name so she can finally eat cake in the charming tea rooms, Kate teams up with handsome retired Detective ‘Woody’ Forrest to untangle the baffling case.

After quizzing the locals over copious cups of tea, Kate begins to realise the Hedgefields, who live in a grand mansion and own half the village, are not as perfect as they make out. They’re hiding a long-buried family secret and plenty of people have a grudge against them, including a number of their ex-employees.

But who could have murdered a member of Lower Tinworthy’s most enviable family? Was it the old gardener? The seemingly sweet cook? Or the bitter maid?

Just as she inches closer to the truth, Angie goes missing. Does amateur sleuth Kate have what it takes to get to the bottom of this extraordinary puzzle and save her sister at the same time?


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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