Saturday, April 30, 2022



Kate Palmer was ready to escape to Tinworthy village for the day.  She had been looking forward to Tinworthy’s annual summer party for quite a while.  She decided to go on a walk among the cliff-tops and take in some of the views of Cornwall.  But when she is looking down at the sea below she recognizes the body of Sienna Stone’s lifeless body on the beach below. Sienna was known as the town gossip.  Many residents in the village saw Kate and Sienna in a heated argument while attending the summer party.  Then Sienna’s body is found on the beach shortly afterwards.  So, Kate is of course, the number one suspect.  Kate doesn’t like being the center of the investigation so she and her new husband, Woody Forrest, must find a way to clear Kate’s name by finding the real killer.  It could have been Sienna’s husband Irvin, her younger sister Sally, and there is also Timmy Thomson who completely idolized her.  Just when she thinks she has it all figured out, new information comes to light and time is running out.  Kate must find the culprit before she becomes the next victim.  

This cozy mystery is such a wonderful tale.  I really enjoyed the characters of this story and it kept me guessing until the very end.  The twists and turns kept my interest and I was totally hooked from the beginning.  This is the fifth installment of the Kate Palmer Series and it is every bit as good as the first book.  It can be read as a standalone book or as part of the series.  I really enjoyed this whodunnit and I highly recommend it.

Thank you Dee MacDonald for such a wonderful and enjoyable book.  I was so enthralled with the story, I found it to be a definite must read.  I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Dee MacDonald
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: April 28, 2022
Pages: 273 
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It’s Tinworthy village’s summer fete: a brass band, cream teas, gentle gossip... and a body on the beach? The party’s just getting started for super sleuth Kate Palmer!

Kate Palmer thought spending the day at Tinworthy’s annual summer party would involve sea air, sunshine and Cornish cream cake – how very wrong she was! When Kate goes for a cliff-top walk she is shocked to spot the body of Sienna Stone – Cornwall’s biggest gossip – on the sandy beach below.

Rumours swirl around the close-knit community and all eyes are on Kate. Half the village saw her arguing with Sienna at the party earlier that day. It was the usual bickering between neighbours, but when Kate finds herself in the frame can she – and her new husband 
Woody Forrest – solve the puzzling death and clear her name?

There’s a long list of people who might have wanted to push Sienna – 
her long-suffering husband Irvin, her jealous younger sister Sally and Timmy Thomson, the man who idolised her, not to mention all the villagers who felt the sharp end of her tongue. Finding out the truth isn’t going to be easy…

Just as Kate thinks she’s getting closer to an answer, an unexpected afternoon visitor shares some curious information over tea and scones that sets her on an entirely different path. And soon she starts to wonder if she might be in real danger too…

Can Kate solve the curious case before the murderer declares the party over? Or have her days of sleuthing come to an end?


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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