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Showcasing the latest couple of of additions to my virtual reading shelf, which has now become a TBR mountain in its own right!

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A complimentary copy of this book, for review, arrived thanks to the lovely Sarah, representing Bookouture, via the excellent team at NetGalley

My review is scheduled for November 16th 2020, as part of the Blog Tour

A BODY IN SEAVIEW GRANGE (Kate Palmer Mystery #2)


Cover image of the book 'A Body In Seaview Grange' by author Dee MacDonaldPractice nurse Kate Palmer is ready for some peace and quiet in her little Cornish village, but there’s soon to be a murder on her doorstep…

Kate’s retirement in Cornwall hasn’t quite gone as planned – Lavender Cottage is in need of substantial repairs and her sister Angie’s fondness for gin does rather stretch the purse-strings.

So when Kate is asked to do some nursing at the luxury retirement flats in Seaview Grange, she jumps at the chance. The old Victorian house has stunning views of the sea and the retirees are a peaceful bunch. That is, until Edina Martinelli, a glamorous ex-opera singer, is found poisoned in her home.

Edina’s death is ruled an overdose by Digoxin, the same medication she had been on for years. But Kate is sure the woman she met was not suicidal, and with the reputation of her practice on the line, she decides to do some digging. Luckily she’s got the newly retired Detective Inspector Woody Forrest to help her…

It’s not long before Kate discovers evidence of foul play, and there’s no shortage of suspects. Was it the besotted vicar? The ill-tempered stepson? Or perhaps Edina’s neighbour finally had enough of her constant warbling. It seems everyone had a motive, but who amongst them had the stomach for murder? 

And will they kill again?

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I grabbed this one courtesy of my Auto Approval status on Netgalley, by publisher Aria Fiction – Just in case I yearn for some seasonal reading!


Cover image of the book 'The Christmas Menagerie' by author Minna HowardAmelia usually loves Christmas, but this year is her first one alone since her husband passed away – though she’s not quite by herself.

Somehow, she’s been lumbered with a menagerie of pets over the holidays, no thanks to the new village vet closing the local kennels.

Between a parrot, two tortoises and god-knows-how-many baby mice, Amelia ends up seeing a lot more of Jules the vet than she planned to.

And despite her neighbours’ fury for the man who shut down a local institution, she can’t help enjoying every moment she spends with Jules.

She tells herself it doesn’t really matter as surely Jules will be driven out of the village by this time next year. But as Amelia’s about to discover…

Love isn’t just for Christmas!

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Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week.

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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  • I think I’m more drawn to the first of these two books. I see that it’s the second in a series, so I’m off to check out the first book.

    I’ll wait and see what more you have to say about the story with the Christmas setting before I make any decisions there. I have to be in the mood for romance. 😉

    • Hi Kelly,

      I don’t usually go in for ‘seasonal’ reading, but in these strange times, which are set to get even more strange, with new restrictions announced later today, who knows? A little light relief might be needed by the end of winter!

      I am currently reading ‘A Body In Seaview Grange’, for a Review / Blog Tour in early November. It is very much in the style of a modern day Agatha Christie murder / mystery, with our semi-retired district nurse, the new Miss Marple. I am thoroughly enjoying it so far and a little lighter reading is welcome right now. As you say, this is the second book in the series and whilst the backstory is alluded to quite a lot, I can enjoy it as a stand alone story quite happily, although I suspect that for you, going back to book #1 would be advantageous.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have some great reading happening this month 🙂

    • ‘A Body In Seaview Grange’ is very much of a modern day Agatha Christie. It’s a quick easy read, with a great new protagonist, plenty of suspects and the bodies are stacking up!

      As you know, I am not really much of a ‘Seasonal’ reader, however this year I just felt that a nice happy Christmas story, might go down well, so I’ll probably give this one a try, time allowing of course!

      I hope that you have some good books lined up for October (or Locktober) as it has been renamed over here. Take Care 🙂

  • The Christmas Menagerie’s cover is so cute! I think I will enjoy finding a cozy Christmas read even more so this year with everything going on. I hope you enjoy it, have a lovely week!

    • Hi Kay,

      That was exactly my theory when I decided to grab my copy of ‘The Christmas Menagerie’, as I seldom go in for seasonal reading. However I think it was a reflection of my mood at the time, and that bright and cheery cover went some way to lifting my spirits!

      I do have quite a full review schedule over the coming weeks, so let’s just hope it doesn’t turn into a New Year story 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to support my post this week, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I have just finished reading ‘A Body In Seaview Grange’ for a review blog tour and it was very good.

      Very Agatha Christie in writing style and a quick, page-turning read. A great ‘whodunnit’ cozy murder/mystery

      Nice to hear from you and I hope that all is well in your neck of the woods 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      I have quite a few more light-hearted reads in my schedule just lately, but given the way everything is going right now in ‘Covid Land’, that may not be such a bad thing, despite those not typically being my most favourite genres.

      Both of my featured titles were still available to request on NetGalley as of this morning!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • Both of these appeal to me but The Body in Seaview Grange, being set in Cornwall, most appeals. I like that fact too that both books feature older protagonists. It makes a nice change.

    • Hi Cath,

      Knowing just how bad I am at things like seasonal reading, I have actually scheduled a review date for ‘The Christmas Menagerie’.

      ‘A Body In Seaview Grange’ also already has its review date fixed as part of the Blog Tour, so I have in fact, just finished reading this one already. Our new amateur sleuth, Kate, is a bit of a cross between Miss Marple and Hetty Wainthropp, although as she doesn’t get paid for her detective work, she is probably more akin to a younger Miss Marple. Either way, this was a nice easy read and a series I could become invested in!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Veronica,

      ‘A Body In Seaview Grange’ was a great, cozy ‘whodunnit’, which I really enjoyed!

      I don’t normally bother with Christmas books, however I happened to be on NetGalley when this one got listed, and as I am auto-approved by publisher Aria Fiction, I thought ‘why not?’ and grabbed a copy! I have scheduled in a review, so I am definitely going to be reading it very soon!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that things are good where you are 🙂

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