Friday, November 11, 2022



Nurse Kate Palmer loves living at Lavender Cottage, surrounded by her beautiful gardens. She has spent the last year renovating her beautiful clifftop cottage with its amazing views of the stunning Cornish Sea.  Imagine her surprise when she wakes up one morning and finds a dead man in her garden.  Kate’s new husband, Woody Forrest has retired from the village’s detective inspector.  He immediately jumps into action and begins to investigate and discovers that the victim is none other than Frank Ford. Woody is completely taken back when he sees that the victim is strangled with a blue police tie that belonged to Woody.  Kate knows that it is a set-up, because there is no way the man she loves is murderer.  Kate does her own investigation which immediately leads her directly to the victim’s family.  She can’t waste any time finding the culprit and keeping her newlywed husband in the clear.

I always enjoy reading a new Kate Palmer Mystery story and this installment did not disappoint.  I love the characters in this series.  They are so enjoyable to follow along with, and all the things that happen in their lives.  Kate Palmer is a nurse and she is also a super sleuth.  This story is so much fun and Kate’s, new husband Woody, and also her sister Angie was such a wonderful addition to this story.  This story held my complete attention and I found myself flying through the pages anxious to solve the mystery.  What a delight this story was.  I didn’t figure out whodunnit until the very end.  This is such a lovely escape to Cornwall and the picturesque village and Lavender Cottage was a wonderful visit to the sea.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It can be read as a stand-alone novel but I recommend getting lost in the entire series.  I definitely recommend this book.

Thank you Dee MacDonald for such a fabulous continuation to the amazing Kate Palmer Mystery Series, I loved it. 


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Dee MacDonald 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: November 7, 2022
Pages: 278 

Nurse Kate Palmer is Cornwall’s answer to Miss Marple! But when a body turns up in her own garden can Kate solve the crime? Or is the murder a bit too close to home?

Kate Palmer is stunned when she wakes up one morning to discover the body of a man in the beautiful garden of Lavender Cottage. She’s spent the last few years renovating her cozy, clifftop cottage with its gorgeous views of the sparkling Cornish sea. And a death right under her nose is more than a little unsettling…

Woody Forrest, Kate’s new husband and the village’s retired detective inspector, takes a closer look he realises the victim is none other than Frank Ford – Woody’s old nemesis. Now, Frank is lying dead amongst the daisies… strangled with Woody’s blue police tie.

Kate is certain the man she loves is not a murderer and is determined to prove his innocence. But who would want to kill Frank and frame Woody? As Kate investigates, Frank’s family seem to be the obvious suspects. 
Could it be Jason Ford, the youngest son, who has an odd obsession with birdwatching? Sid Kinsella, the angry father-in-law? Or Sharon Mason, the troublesome daughter?

When another member of the Ford family bites the dust while Woody is tending his allotment, it’s clear the killer is determined to bury Woody’s reputation. But when a chance conversation on Bluebell Road provides Kate with a clue, she must find a woman named Rose, who could hold the answers Kate is looking for.

But Kate needs to dig up the truth – and fast! – before poor Woody is thrown behind bars. Can she solve the case and save her husband before it’s too late?


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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