Sunday, August 29, 2021



Escape to the village of Little Challham.  Belinda Penshurst loves her little village, with the quiet streets and quaint pubs.  Belinda lives in Callham Castle, and when local pub owner Tipper is found dead in his cellar, Belinda wastes no time, and she is on the case to investigate.  When retired detective Harry Powell, who is new to town, is pulled into a murder investigation he wonders just how quiet his new town really is.   And when a dognapper is following dog walkers, it makes this book both exciting and unputdownable.  

This story was absolutely amazing and I loved plot twists and turns, it kept me guessing to the very last page. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, it definitely will not be the last.  I absolutely loved it, it was a great plot.  I loved everything about it.  I really liked the introduction of a new sleuth Belinda Penshurst.  She is a wonderful addition to the cozy mystery genre.  

Thank you Lisa Cutts for such a wonderful cozy mystery.   I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I’m so happy to know that it is only the beginning of a series.  I can’t wait to read more from this author.  This story is fantastic and I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 4.


Author:  Lisa Cutts
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: August 25, 2021 
Pages: 252 
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Meet Belinda Penshurst. Castle owner, dog lover… crime solver?

Belinda Penshurst loves her home village Little Challham, with its shady lanes, two pubs and weekly market, and she’s determined to keep it peaceful. She may live in Challham Castle but she knows almost everything that goes on under her nose. So when irritable pub landlord Tipper is found dead in his cellar, she’s perfectly placed to investigate.

Retired detective Harry Powell moved to Little Challham for a quiet life. He didn’t expect to be dragged into a murder investigation. But the police don’t seem half as enthusiastic as Belinda about the case, and there are strange things happening in the village. Particularly the number of dogs that have disappeared lately…

Is there a dognapper snaffling schnauzers and luring away Labradors? Is Belinda barking mad to be worried that her brother Marcus was arguing with Tipper on the day he died? Belinda and Harry track down the suspects: the rival landlord, the outraged barmaid, the mysterious man in the black car following dogwalkers around. But are the dogged detectives running out of time to sniff out the killer, before he starts hounding them?


Lisa Cutts is a full-time detective constable investigating murders for a living. When off duty she writes a fictitious version of her day job. She lives and works within the county of Kent with her husband and Labrador.

She is the author of the DC Nina Foster books, Never Forget and Remember, Remember. Never Forgot was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award 2013 and the winner of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award 2014 for Best Thriller. She has also written four books in the East Rise Incident Room series, Mercy Killing, Buried Secrets, Lost Lives and Don’t Trust Him. All four centre around DI Harry Powell and his Major Crime Team battling to solve the latest murders within the county. Currently she is writing the Little Challham mysteries, cosy mysteries set in a fictional village in Kent.

She writes a monthly column, Behind the Tape, for Writing Magazine answering police procedural questions from other writers. In early 2016, she was honoured to become the Patron of Rochester Literature Festival and help establish Murderous Medway, an annual crime fiction festival packed full of amazing author panels. As well as being on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book, Lisa has twice appeared on This Morning to chat about TV crime dramas Broadchurch and Line of Duty.

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