Francesca Eve thought she was prepared for anything at the events she caters for in her pretty little Shropshire village. Missing canapes? No problem. Burnt brownies? A piece of cake… But a dead body? Now that’s a recipe for disaster.
Francesca is nervous about catering her first-ever murder mystery party, but it’s clear from the clink of champagne flutes and piles of empty plates that the evening is a roaring success. The guests look spectacular in their disguises, whispering and giggling as they try to identify who killed beautiful young Becky. But days later the game takes a sinister turn when Becky is found poisoned, and all the signs point to the culprit being a party guest.
From the woman having an affair to the guest hiding her true identity, everyone had a secret – and it turns out that Becky knew them all. As Fran finds herself centre-stage in a real-life murder mystery, the finger of suspicion points at each guest in turn. And Fran starts to wonder, were any of these secrets dangerous enough to kill for?
Then the body of a second guest is found, and it becomes clear a deranged killer is going off-script. It seems anyone who was involved in the game that night is in their sights, even Fran. Can she unmask the murderer before the final curtain falls?
I received a copy of this book from Bookouture via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
The first book in the Adam and Eve Mysteries is a cosy style mystery with two likeable amateur sleuths, many suspects and a twisty plot. Fran Eve meets Adam unexpectedly when she is catering a murder mystery party for his mother’s birthday. They have a connection that develops into friendship when one of the guests at the party dies in suspicious circumstances.
The multigenerational sleuth team has a believable dynamic, both have skills the other doesn’t, and this promises to be an exciting cosy mystery series. The guest list at the party is small, but they all have possible motives for the murder that reflects the murder mystery game they participated in.
I like the absorbing plot, cleverly crafted characters and the connection between the amateur sleuths.