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#Review : Burying Bad News by Paula Williams #MurderMystery #Funny #Contemporary

Title: Burying Bad News    

Series: Standalone Book 3 of the Much Winchmoor Mystery Series

Author: ​Paula Williams

Genre: Crime, Humour

Publication Date: 17th March 2020

Publisher: Darkstroke Books

Pages: 240

Buy link Amazon UK – https://mybook.to/buryingbadnews

My Review:

This is a delightful addition to this cosy murder mystery series set in the Somerset village of Much Winchmoor. With locals arguing in the local pub, one of them being murdered, someone disappearing and Kat Latcham is there to help solve it all again – if she can escape from being the killer’s next victim!

It is a great read, with all the village characters from the queens of gossip, the bullies, a mysterious rival and secrets to be uncovered. It gives a taste of an archetypal representation of a small countryside community where the peaceful facade hides so much. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments along with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing as the story unfolds. Kat Latcham is at the centre of everything, juggling three jobs, trying to keep them all , whilst trying to reveal the real killer after her friend’s husband is accused of being the perpetrator. The story is a tapestry of interwoven threads, skilfully crafted to create a fun, engaging and entertaining mystery.  There’s also the continuing saga of Kat’s romance with Will and even another doggy hero, Finbar! It is an easy read page turner that I have no hesitation in highly recommending.

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


One severed head, two warring neighbours – and a cold-blooded killer stalks Much Winchmoor. There’s the murder made to look like a tragic accident, and a missing husband. Could he be victim number two?

The tiny Somerset village is fast gaining a reputation as the murder capital of the West Country, and once again, reporter/barmaid/dog walker Kat Latcham finds herself reluctantly dragged into the investigation.

Things are looking bad for Ed Fuller, the husband of one of Kat’s oldest friends. Kat’s convinced he’s innocent – but she’s been wrong before.

Has Kat come across her biggest challenge yet?

Fans of Janet Evanovich could well enjoy this “funky, modern day nosey detective” transported to the English countryside. The third Much Winchmoor mystery is, as always, spiked with humour and sprinkled with a touch of romance.

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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 various plays and pageants. But it’s only in recent years, when she turned her attention to writing short stories and serials for women’s magazines 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 and she has sold over 400 short stories and serials both in the UK and overseas.

Now, she writes every day in a lovely, book-lined study in her home in Somerset, UK, where she lives with her husband and a handsome but not always obedient rescue Dalmatian called Duke.  She still writes for magazines but now writes novels as well.  She is currently writing the Much Winchmoor series of murder mysteries, set in a village not unlike the one she lives in –  although as far as she knows, none of her friends and neighbours have murderous tendencies.

A member of both the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Crime Writers’ Association, her novels often feature  a murder or two, and are always spiked with humour and sprinkled with a touch of romance.

She also writes a monthly column, Ideas Store, for the writers’ magazine, Writers’ Forum.  And she blogs about her books, other people’s books and, quite often, Dalmatians at paulawilliamswriter.wordpress.com. 

She gives talks on writing at writing festivals and to organised groups and has appeared several times of local radio.  In fact, she’ll talk about writing to anyone who’ll stand still long enough to listen.

But, as with all 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 –

Blog. at https://paulawilliamswriter.com/

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

Twitter.  @paulawilliams44

Website.  https://paulawilliamswriter.com/

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5 comments on “#Review : Burying Bad News by Paula Williams #MurderMystery #Funny #Contemporary

  1. Paula Williams
    May 25, 2020

    Thank you so much for this lovely review and for taking part in the recent blog tour to promote Burying Bad News, my latest Much Winchmoor novel. The book launch and blog tour coincided with the start of the start of our lockdown period. Like so many others I found it very difficult to get my head straight enough to do much promotion on social media and without the reviews from the blog tour my poor book would have sunk without trace.
    I am not sure if I thanked you at the time for this. If I didn’t I hope you will acceot my sincere apology. It was so kind of you to take the time to write it and it was very, very much appreciated and managed to lift my spirits at a very difficult time.
    I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well.
    Thanks again, Paula x

    Liked by 1 person

    • bicted
      May 25, 2020

      I really enjoyed reading your book and it was a brilliant way to escape the pressures of our current situation. I’m glad my review helped lift your spirits. I hope you’re feeling much better now and that you and your loved ones continue to stay safe and well – we’re doing our best to do so, too. I look forward to reading more from you in future and if I can help on my blog at any time don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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