Friday, September 09, 2022



Julia Bird absolutely loves her perfect life in picturesque Cotswold.  It’s better than she could have ever imagined right up until she finds a dead body in the library.  Cotswold is exactly the quiet and perfect place she dreamed of living after spending so many years with the noisy city life.  She loves the peaceful village life and has made some great new friends.  Julia attends a book reading at the library by local author Vincent Andrews.  Vincent tells the audience that he is going to write another book and it will be about the quaint village and is going to reveal some well kept secrets.  But the audience is in an uproar and so the reading comes to an end.  Soon after everyone has left the library Vincent’s body was found behind the bookshelves.  Julia was the last one to see Vincent alive and decides she must tell the police everything she knows in order to clear her name.  She must do her own investigating and questions the suspects, except she soon discovers yet another body.  Someone is desperate to keep secrets buried and Julia must find the killer before they kill again.

This was such a great whodunnit,  I enjoyed the storyline so much and I really like Julia as the super sleuth that she is.  She is such a well written and well developed character.  And of course when Julia needs her sidekick Jake the Labrador, the story literally comes alive.  I was laughing out loud and was in complete quandary of who the killer was right to the very end.  This charming and extremely entertaining cozy mystery, with its plot twists and turns is completely enjoyable.  The wonderful description of Cotswold village makes for a much needed escape.  This is such a fabulous story and I highly recommend it.

Thank you Katie Gayle for such a wonderful continuation to this fantastic series.  I really enjoyed it and I absolutely recommend it.  



Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Author:  Katie Gayle 
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date:  September 7, 2022 
Pages: 250
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Julia Bird’s picturesque Cotswolds life is everything she’d dreamed of.  Until, that is, she discovers a dead body in the library… 

Julia Bird had imagined the quiet of rural life would be soothing after years in the city, but she finds she can’t just sit still. Determined to throw herself into village activities, she joins the library just in time to attend a talk by celebrated local author Vincent Andrews.

Charming, devilishly handsome and talented, Vincent teases the crowd with a reading from his forthcoming novel. Set in a village bearing strange similarities to Berrywick, with characters the audience start to recognise, Vincent hints of dark secrets to be revealed, to gasps of outrage from the room. The meeting ends in uproar, and, just hours later, Vincent’s dead body is discovered behind the bookshelves…

As one of the last people to see him alive, Julia feels morally bound to help the police investigate. With her trusty Labrador, Jake, at her side, she decides to do her own sleuthing and quickly discovers that Vincent’s personal life is messy, his finances are in disarray and his book sales are declining. But most of all, remembering her neighbours’ faces at the book reading, Julia wonders if one of them could have lost the plot enough to kill…

As Julia interrogates the suspects, she walks straight into another scene of murder and mayhem, and realizes Vincent’s manuscript is now missing. There’s someone out there who’s deadly serious about keeping their secrets unpublished. Will Julia be able to stop them, before anyone else gets hurt?


Katie Gayle is the writing partnership of best-selling South African writers, Kate Sidley and Gail Schimmel. Kate and Gail have, between them, written over ten books of various genres, but with Katie Gayle, they both make their debut in the cozy mystery genre. Both Gail and Kate live in Johannesburg, with husbands, children, dogs and cats. Unlike their sleuth Epiphany Bloom, neither of them have ever stolen a cat from the vet. 

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