Wednesday, February 09, 2022



Francesca Eve was excited and nervous about catering her very first murder mystery dinner party.  It’s evident that all the guests had a wonderful and memorable time.  The guest dressed beautifully in their disguises, and acting their part in the game, trying to identify who killed Becky. But then days later Becky is found poisoned and all the signs point to a guest from the party.  Becky knew each and every guest at the party, and everyone is hiding something.  Francesca finds herself in the middle of the action, in finding out who poisoned Becky.  Then the body of a second guest is found and it is apparent that each guest that participated in the game that night is in danger, including Francesca.  

I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery.  The plot twist and turns kept me on the edge of my seat.  I am so happy to know it is just the beginning of a series, as I really enjoyed reading the adventures Francesca, she was definitely a likable character that the reader can really connect with.  I can’t wait to read the continuation of this series.  It is a must read for every cozy mystery fan, I loved it. 

Thank you Emma Davies for such wonderful start to what is proving to be a great series.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I can’t wait for the next installment in this series.  I highly recommend it.



Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Emma Davies
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: February 9, 2022 
Pages: 326
Buy on Amazon 

Caterer extraordinaire Francesca Eve is prepared for anything. Missing canapés? No problem. Burnt brownies? A piece of cake… But a dead body? Now that’s a recipe for disaster.

In the manor house of her pretty little Shropshire village,
 Francesca is nervous aboutcatering her first ever murder mystery party. But it’s clear from the clink of champagne flutes that the evening is a roaring success. Until the murder suddenly stops being a game, when beautiful young teacher Becky drops dead in the dining room, and the coroner rules poisoning. Which of the guests has a deadly way with mushrooms? And why?

The local police are fixated on Francesca’s canapés, but her cooking never killed a soul, and she realises she must do some sleuthing of her own to save her reputation. From the woman having an affair, to the guest hiding her true identity, everyone in the party has a secret – and it turns out that Becky knew them all. But which secret was dangerous enough to kill for?

When Francesca’s prime suspect, the light-fingered heiress, is found murdered with another case of death by overdose, it becomes clear that a deranged killer is going off-script. And anyone who was involved in the game is in their sights, even Francesca. Can she unmask the murderer before it’s too late, or has she cooked her last supper?

Then the body of a second guest is found, and it becomes clear a deranged killer is going off-script. It seems anyone who was involved in the game that night is in their sights, even Fran. Can she unmask the murderer before the final curtain falls?


Hello, a little bit about me ……
Before we go any further there are two things you need to know: One – I love singing loudly in the car, and Two – I have a passion for Pringles.
If you’re happy with both these things then please feel free to read on ….
Once upon a time I worked in a design agency where I was asked to write an amusing caption to go beside my details on their website. I wrote ‘I am a best selling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’
Well I’m now a fifty something mother of three and am happy to report the rest came true. I’m a member of The Romantic Novelists’ Association, and live with my husband and children in rural Shropshire. I write in the gaps between real life.

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