Monday 27 April 2020

#BlogTour Marrow Jam by Susan A. King

Today it's my turn on the BlogTour Marrow Jam by Susan A. King.
About the Author
Susan A King lives with her husband in a quiet suburb in Hampshire. Between them they have four grown-up sons.

The inspiration for her first novel, Marrow Jam, came from her long experience and observation of competitors at the local Romsey Show, where she regularly aspires to win Best in Show with her floral arrangements.

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About the book
Some people would describe Beattie Bramshaw as a pillar of the community. Many would applaud her numerous successes in the bakery competition at the annual village show. A small number might say, if pushed, that they find her a little on the bossy side. And one or two might just whisper the words ‘interfering’ and ‘busybody’ behind her back.

But no-one would have her down as a murderer.

So why is she being questioned in Dreighton police station after being found in the local allotments, at the dead of night, wielding a kitchen knife just yards away from where local lottery winner, Yvonne Richards, was found stabbed to death? And what does all of this have to do with Doug Sparrow’s prize marrows?

Marrow Jam is a comedy crime caper in the spirit of Agatha Raisin. It will have you chuckling all the way through many a cup of tea.

I can imagine city dwellers think stories based on garden fetes and village competitions are rather droll and quirky. You don't know how serious these competitions get until you are there to observe it. I'll be honest I am not brave enough to take part. Oh the scathing looks, the judgement and good gosh if you're entering any competition with a sub-standard product.

Is Beattie Bradshaw a clever and manipulative killer or is she simply an innocent person who happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. She might not have liked the victim, but what does that mean in the grand scheme of things? Okay she might have been found next to the body with a knife, that can happen to anyone, right? Sneaky super assassin or baking connoisseur, which is it?

It's a cosy mystery with a comedy vibe. A Father Brown without the sanctimony, meets Midsomer Murders with more determined villagers.

King writes comedy with a snarky and satirical tone to it. Often unintentionally funny at times, especially the scenes in the police station with the Beattie and DI Grayson, and at other times it has a slapsticky element to it.

It's an entertaining read with plenty of potential for further escapades with this often eccentric cast of characters.

Buy Marrow Jam at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Lightning Books; pub date 27 April 2020. Buy at Amazon com. Buy at Eye-books.

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