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A Body At The Tea Rooms
by Dee MacDonald
First Lines

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This is a meme for all you ‘First Page Browsers‘

Cover image of the book 'A Body At The Tea Rooms' by author Dee MacDonald




“No matter how great a holiday was, it was always good to come home, Kate thought, as she got her first glimpse of the wild Cornish Atlantic coast again at close quarters. It was January and the sea was grey and surly, in contrast to the blue of the Pacific which they’d left behind.

Lower Tinworthy was a Cornish seaside village of houses and cottages scattered on the lush green hillsides above the River Pol. Kate had recently moved to Lavender Cottage, a postcard-worthy building which overlooked the local shops, the ancient bridge across the river, the sandy beach and the sea. She’d fallen in love with the view the first time she’d seen it and, nearly a year later, it still had the power to make her heart lift.

Kate and her travelling companion, Woody Forrest, had been lucky enough to get a lift all the way back from Heathrow from Aaron Hedgefield, a local businessman who’d flown in from Los Angeles on the same flight. He’d rescued them from hours on the National Express coach to Exeter, for which Kate was very thankful!

Now, as Aaron Hedgefield dropped them off outside Lavender Cottage, Kate took a deep breath of damp Cornish air, looked fondly at the old stone building and the little walled garden, and pushed open the green-painted gate”

Cover image of the book 'A Body At The Tea Rooms' by author Dee MacDonald

So, you have taken a sneak peek, would you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Just to give you an extra helping hand, here is the book’s premise …

Image of author Dee MacDonald November 2020


Cover image of the book 'A Body At The Tea Rooms' by author Dee MacDonaldNurse Kate Palmer has only been living in Lower Tinworthy, a beautiful little village by the sparkling Cornish sea, for a short time but she’s already making a name for herself as the local Miss Marple. Although not everyone is keen on her recent investigations, least of all the new Detective Inspector Bill Robson.

When a body is found at her sister Angie’s newly purchased tea rooms, Kate is at first reluctant to get caught up in another mystery. But the murder is uncomfortably close to home and there’s gossip suggesting Angie and her latest boyfriend are somehow involved.

Determined to find justice for the deceased man and to protect her sister’s reputation, Kate recruits her close friend retired Detective Inspector ‘Woody’ Forrest. His knowledge of the local seaside villages will help her to come up with a list of potential names for the victim… and the murderer.

As they narrow down the possibilities, one of Kate’s patients, Mark Edderley, reveals a connection to her prime suspect. Days later, he dies in a suspicious boating accident. Kate is certain the murderer has struck again! 

But just as she’s about to solve the puzzle, Angie goes missing. Can she get to her sister before it’s too late?

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You might also like to visit the meme host, Gilion, over at ‘Rose City Reader‘, where you can share links to the book beginnings from her own reading schedule and that of many of our fellow bloggers.

There are always plenty of new authors and titles to be discovered and you never know where that next ‘must read’ is going to come from!

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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