Thursday, August 17, 2023



Kate Palmer enjoys her life in the picturesque seaside village of Tinworthy.  So naturally it is no surprise that the village would be the beautiful setting for a new television show.  Kate can’t help but be excited that they chose her house to film in.  And to top it all off Kate, her husband Woody and her sister Angie were asked to be extras.  As the filming begins the show’s writer and producer Crispin Wyngarde drops dead.  All eyes are on Angie as she quickly becomes the number one suspect.  Kate knows that her sister isn’t a murderer and she must prove her innocence.  There is an enormous array of possible suspects but Kate knows that whomever the murderer is, they are doing everything they can to make Angie look guilty.  Time is running out and Kate must find the real killer before the final scene.

A Body in a Cornish Village written by author Dee MacDonald was a wonderful cozy mystery.  This fast paced rapid read was an absolutely superb story with great characters.  I especially love the banter between Kate and her sister Angie.  At times I was at my wits end with the two sisters but they made the story fun.  The twists and turns of this well-written story had me wondering who the culprit was right up to the very end.  I enjoyed this cozy mystery very much and I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Dee MacDonald 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: August 17, 2023
Pages: 287 

Cornish cream teas in the sun, dog walks on the beach and… a murder investigation? Can Kate Palmer – part-time nurse and cake-loving sleuth – solve her most baffling case yet? 

Kate Palmer is delighted when she learns that her home, the beautiful seaside village of Tinworthy, is the setting for a new TV show. She’s even more excited when she, her handsome husband Woody and her drama queen sister Angie are all invited to be extras. But when the cameras start rolling, the trio are in for a nasty surprise when the film’s writer and producer, Crispin Wyngarde, drops dead…

Before long, rumours start flying and Angie is in the spotlight for murder. Kate knows her sister had a brief, stormy fling with Crispin during her younger days as an actress, but surely Angie couldn’t have hated him 
that much, could she?

Kate is certain of her sister’s innocence, and is determined to prove it. But who would want to kill Crispin and set the stage for Angie to take the fall? 
Could it be Fergal, Angie’s jealous boyfriend? Sonja, the eccentric director, who had a love-hate relationship with Crispin? Or gorgeous Guy, the hairdresser who’s held a grudge against the problematic producer for years?

Armed with a list of possible culprits, Kate sets out to interview everyone she can. Over cups of tea, secrets start to spill out about overheard conversations and mysterious money transfers. But just as Kate thinks she’s finally on the right track, her main suspect is found dead after a party in the village. To make matters worse, he’s one of Angie’s old flames too…

Kate needs to solve the crime – and quick – to save her feisty sister. Can she untangle the clues and get to the truth, before it’s curtains down for Angie?


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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