What’s the perfect read on a scorching Summer’s day? A quintessential English murder mystery with tempting food.
‘Murder on the Green’ has Ben a chef and reluctant sleuth who’s a likeable character with a chequered past revealed in a previous story. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but there’s enough backstory on Ben and the village inhabitants to make this easy to follow and enjoyable.
Ben’s cafe although busy is struggling financially, he works all hours, and the rewards are scant. When celebrity chef Justin McCleish is hired to do the catering at the Opera festival, Ben is surprised to be asked to help out by the chef who he doesn’t know. Blackmail rather than cooking is the reason Justin wants Ben, but he’s soon chasing a murderer.
Told from Ben’s point of view, the action is plentiful, the murders’ grisly and the cast of characters, full of motive. There are lots of comic moments, and a plot that’s full of twists, not all of which work but they are vividly portrayed and sit comfortably in this cosy mystery.
An enjoyable afternoon read, with an unusual, bumbling but ultimately successful sleuth in chef’s clothing.
I received a copy of this book from Avon Books UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.