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Rough and Deadly by Paula Williams #Review #Contemporary #MurderMystery #BlogTour

Series: A Much Winchmoor Mystery

Title: Rough and Deadly

Author: Paula Williams

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Published: April 30th, 2019

Pages: 235



My Review:

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it – I’ll definitely be looking out for more by her in future.

The murder mystery is set in the village of Much Winchmoor in Somerset – and yes, there’s someone there who makes cider! That person is Abe and he’s the prime suspect for the police when the lady who tries to act like she’s the lady of the manor, Margot Duckett-Trimble, turns up murdered, especially because she’d been threatening to have his cider making shut down and days later is found in one of his cider vats!

Katie Latchman now prefers to be known as Kat. She’s a local lass who escaped the village but has returned after things didn’t work out for her in Bristol. She’s a journalist who some of the locals are nicknaming Miss Marple after she helped bring a murderer to justice. Her detective skills are going to be needed again to help clear Abe and find out just who the real killer is!

This story has a great village community with an eclectic mix of characters all adding to the enjoyment of reading this story. There are secrets, a blackmailer, romance, threats, a noisy dog called Prescott and so much more in this dramatic story. Even though it is a murder mystery, the story is told with humour and there are plenty of laugh out loud moments in it, the only worry is will Kat manage to solve who the murderer is without getting killed herself?

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.


Everyone knows Abe Compton’s Headbender cider is as rough as a cider can get. But is it deadly?

When self-styled ‘lady of the manor’, Margot Duckett-Trimble, announces she wouldn’t be seen dead drinking the stuff, who could have foreseen that, only a few days later, she’d be found, face down, in a vat of it?

Kat Latcham’s no stranger to murder. Indeed, the once ‘sleepy’ Somerset village of Much Winchmoor is fast gaining a reputation as the murder capital of the West Country and is ‘as sleepy as a kid on Christmas Eve’ when it’s discovered there’s a murderer running loose in the community again.

Kat has known Abe all her life, and she is sure that, although he had motive, he didn’t kill Margot. But as she investigates, the murderer strikes again. And the closer Kat gets to finding out who the real killer is, the closer to danger she becomes.

This second Much Winchmoor mystery is once again spiked with humour and sprinkled with romance – plus a cast of colourful characters, including a manic little dog called Prescott whose bite is definitely worse than his bark.

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Author Bio 

Paula Williams is living her dream. She’s written all her life – her earliest efforts involved blackmailing her unfortunate younger brothers into appearing in her plays and pageants. But it’s only in recent years that she discovered to her surprise that people with better judgement than her brothers actually liked what she wrote and were prepared to pay her for it.

Now, she writes every day in a lovely, book-lined study in her home in Somerset, where she lives with her husband and a handsome but not always obedient rescue Dalmatian called Duke. She started out writing fiction for women’s magazines (and still does) but has recently branched out into longer fiction. She also writes a monthly column, Ideas Store, for the writers’ magazines, Writers’ Forum.

But, as with the best of dreams, she worries that one day she’s going to wake up and find she still has to bully her brothers into reading ‘the play what she wrote’.

Social Media Links –

Facebook.   https://www.facebook.com/paula.williams.author

Blog. paulawilliamswriter.wordpress.com

Twitter. @paulawilliams44

Website.  paulawilliamswriter.co.uk


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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials and content for this post. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read the book.

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