Today I am on the tour for Foraging For Murder by Simon Whaley on behalf of Rachel’s Random Resources who I must thank for my invitation and Simon Whaley for my copy of the book to take part.
MORTIFORDE’S FOOD FESTIVAL IS A RECIPE FOR MURDER.
Three butchers. Two deaths. One four-hundred-year-old grudge.
It’s Aldermaston’s first food festival as the Eighth Marquess of Mortiforde and it’s not going well. One butcher is missing. Another has been threatened. And the Vegetarian Society has been sent a meaty ultimatum.
Meanwhile, Lady Mortiforde desperately needs her husband to find some wild boar meat for her savoury pie entry into the festival’s Bake Off competition.
When the Council’s Chief Archivist disappears, along with the Food History Marquee’s star attraction, a seventeenth-century recipe book, Aldermaston has all the ingredients of a murder mystery that’s been marinating for over four hundred years.
Can he find the missing butchers before it’s too late? Will Lady Mortiforde avoid a soggy bottom in the Bake Off competition? And why do all the butchers take their pet pigs for a walk in the woods at night?
The second book in The Marquess Of Mortiforde Mysteries series it is a cosy mystery. I have not read the first Blooming Murder and found Foraging For Murder really easy to follow without getting confused.
I thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted mystery. It’s a perfect read for the horrible weather and dark nights. A book to get cosy with, I did anyway. It isn’t just a mystery; it’s also funny, which I always like. Some of the characters have names that made me smile, too.
A well written story that flows well. A village full of characters backstabbing everyone every chance they get. One of them places where when you leave a conversation, you wonder if you have to pull the proverbial knife out of your back! Had a bit of a feel of the Carry On films, too.
Aldermaston had me laughing at times. I do love a book with a funny side. Simon Whaley definitely got the comic timing right for me anyway. It was great to spend time in the village with these colourful and interesting characters.
An easy and entertaining cosy mystery story that is great for when you just need to escape from real life but don’t want anything too taxing. I may just have to read it at some point. I would recommend this to anyone who loves their Midsommer Murders.
Simon Whaley is an author, writer and photographer who lives in the hilly bit of Shropshire. Foraging for Murder is the secondt in his Marquess of Mortiforde Mysteries, set in the idyllic Welsh Borders – a place many people struggle to locate on a map (including by some of those who live here). He’s written several non-fiction books, many if which contain his humorous take on the world, including the bestselling One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human and two editions in the hugely popular Bluffer’s Guide series (The Bluffer’s Guide to Dogs and The Bluffer’s Guide to Hiking). His short stories have appeared in Take A Break, Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special, The Weekly News and The People’s Friend. Meanwhile his magazine articles have delighted readers in a variety of publications including BBC Countryfile, The People’s Friend, Coast, The Simple Things and Country Walking.
Simon lives in Shropshire (which just happens to be a Welsh Border county) and, when he gets stuck with his writing, he tramps the Shropshire hills looking for inspiration and something to photograph. Some of his photographs appear on the national and regional BBC weather broadcasts under his BBC WeatherWatcher nickname of Snapper Simon. (For those of you who don’t know, they get a lot of weather in Shropshire.)
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