Synopsis: Charlotte Denver runs her marina front café in the bustling fishing town of St. Eves, nestled in the south-west corner of England.
While she loves the tranquillity of St. Eves, where crime is almost unheard of, and nothing really exciting ever happens, her good friend, Chief Inspector Nathan Costello, is longing for a good, juicy felony to get his teeth into. When the arrival of newcomers to the community of St. Eves triggers a chain of events that end in tragedy, Nathan relishes the thrill of investigating his first murder, while Charlotte unwittingly turns amateur-sleuth to help solve the case and restore peace and harmony to the town as quickly as possible.
Me: Another book, another sleepy town crime drama. But unlike recent review Holding by Graham Norton this was a lot fluffier with only the main characters having much about them. There were plenty of incidental characters but apart from one who had a small part in the big whodunnit reveal the rest seemed there just to gossip.
It’s not a horrid book. It’s short and breezy and took me only day to read it. I couldn’t feel any sympathy for the dead guy as he was only in the one or two brief scenes before his brutal demise. The same for the two main potential murderers. I just couldn’t feel anything for them. The bit I did enjoy and was pleasantly surprised by was the why of the murder. No spoilers but I didn’t quite see that coming
Although completely unrealistic I did enjoy the Poirot-esque gather all the suspects in a room reveal and the simple process of solving the mystery rather than some long drawn out CSI techno-murder.
An average book, I probably won’t hunt out any further ones in the story but when stuck in a hotel working away miles from home it passed a few hours.