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Murder in the Village

(The first book in the Belinda Penshurst Mystery series)
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Meet Belinda Penshurst. Castle owner, dog lover… crime solver?

Belinda Penshurst loves her home village Little Challham, with its shady lanes, two pubs and weekly market, and she’s determined to keep it peaceful. She may live in Challham Castle but she knows almost everything that goes on under her nose. So when irritable pub landlord Tipper is found dead in his cellar, she’s perfectly placed to investigate.

Retired detective Harry Powell moved to Little Challham for a quiet life. He didn’t expect to be dragged into a murder investigation. But the police don’t seem half as enthusiastic as Belinda about the case, and there are strange things happening in the village. Particularly the number of dogs that have disappeared lately…

Is there a dognapper snaffling schnauzers and luring away Labradors? Is Belinda barking mad to be worried that her brother Marcus was arguing with Tipper on the day he died? Belinda and Harry track down the suspects: the rival landlord, the outraged barmaid, the mysterious man in the black car following dogwalkers around. But are the dogged detectives running out of time to sniff out the killer, before he starts hounding them?

A charming cozy mystery full of laughs and eccentric characters. Fans of M.C. Beaton, H.Y. Hanna and Emily Organ will love the first novel in the Belinda Penshurst series!

See what readers are saying about Murder in the Village:

‘Wonderful… I absolutely adored this book! Had me reading and finishing the book in no time! I highly recommend this book! Stunning, a page-turner which stays long in the memory!’ NetGalley reviewer

What a great start to a new series!… A lively, spark-filled investigation… Wonderfully entertaining with the perfect set of ingredients.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Charming… A super quick read perfect for the beach!Bless Their Hearts Mom, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A zany cast of characters, most of whom are suspected of being dognappers, murderers or both. A humorous mystery perfect for dog lovers’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Fun, full of mystery… Top notch cosy crime… Has a kind of Midsomer Murders vibe and in spite of the murderer on the loose, kept me smiling from start to finish… Fabulous… I can't wait to see what this fabulous duo get up to next. Fans of cosy mysteries (and dog lovers) are just going to eat this up.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews

‘Such a fun read. It reminded me of the Agatha Raisin books I love so much… Kept me turning the pages… I cannot wait to catch up with Belinda and Harry on their next fun-filled adventure.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Absolutely loved this… A great start to a new series and now waiting for number 2.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Excellent village mayhem and murder’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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