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This is a delightful cosy mystery set in the Hope Valley area of Derbyshire’s Peak District. As I know that area quite well, living nearby and visiting it most summers (when we weren’t in lockdown!) I just couldn’t resist reading it and enjoying associating real locations and tourist attractions in the area as they were involved in the story. There are some great characters in the story, and some of their interactions are hilarious!
In the village of Hope (yes, that really is its name) Edna Reid has finally retired from running the local café and is feeling somewhat bereft as her best friend, Manny, seems to be busy, she’s struggling to solve the daily crossword and is worried about what she’ll do now. She decides to join the Church Choir and convinces Manny to join her. Running the popular local café for decades means that Edna knows most of the locals and they know her, so when in trouble some of them come to her for help. It is a choir practice that she meets a newcomer to both the community and the choir, Kitty Merriweather. It seems Kitty has joined The Silver Rose Dating Agency, an online site. Edna is wary of such sites, having watched shows which uncovered the scams operated through them and is very concerned about how Kitty seems to have been taken in by one of her contacts. This is the trigger to get Edna learning more about computers and investigating the dating agency, unaware of how this could put her in danger, too.
Get ready for musical interludes, personal problems, strange happenings, threatening visitors, mystery, murder and mayhem in a close knit community. There are fraught family relationships, surprising revelations, vandalism and threatening behaviours before justice can prevail. It is a great story and I suspect it will appeal to people who don’t know the area just as much as to those who do. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and assumed this would be the start of a new series – but it turns out to be the second book in the series. . . . . It was such a great read I’ve been and bought myself a copy of the first book, Edna’s Death Café, and am looking forward to reading it soon!
Thank you to the Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
When lonely widow Kitty Merriweather moves to Derbyshire’s Hope Valley, she joins the Silver Rose online dating site because it offers a safe place for the over sixties to find romance.
There, she meets the enigmatic Harvey, a scientist working on a conservation project in Bali who promises her “hot days and stormy nights.”
Love blooms quickly but Kitty breaks all the rules laid down by the agency, putting herself at risk. When little things don’t add up she dismisses them as being unimportant. Nothing matters more than her plans for them to live happily ever after.
When she confides in her new friend, Edna Reid, octogenarian and former café owner, Kitty gets angry at Edna’s implication she is likely the victim of a scam. The more Edna hears about Harvey, the more she is convinced he’s only interested in Kitty for her money.
Using her knowledge of computers Edna finally uncovers the truth, but where does black magic and murder fit into this intriguing cosy mystery?
Angelena Boden has spent thirty- five years as an international training consultant, specialising in behavioural management and conflict resolution. She trained in Transactional Analysis, the psychology of communication and behaviour, her preferred tool for counselling and coaching.
She originates from the Peak District but has spent a life time travelling and livi
ng in places as far apart as Vancouver, Dubai, Paris, Seville and Iran. Now semi-retired in Great Malvern, she writes every morning, walks the hills and paints landscapes every afternoon and fits family and reading in between.
She is the author of two novels published by Urbane Publications (rights reverted) and two self-published cosy mysteries and a number of business books (Management Pocketbooks). Angelena is a regular blogger for a mental health publisher (Trigger) and Autumn Voices website which promotes authors over 60.
Social Media Links – angelenaboden.com