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An English Garden Murder

(The first book in the Julia Bird Mystery series)
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Julia Bird’s picturesque Cotswolds cottage has everything she could want. Rustic charm, cosy fireplaces and, it turns out, a dead body in the garden…

Recently divorced and reluctantly retired, Julia Bird has fled London to enjoy idyllic rural life in the Cotswolds. Determined to have the perfect English garden, her first job is to tear down the old shed, where she unearths much more than she’d bargained for… A body, apparently buried for decades. But who could it be, and who killed them? The police draw a blank, and even the gossip-fest that is the local bookclub can’t remember anyone going missing in the village.

Unable to get on with her garden until the mystery is resolved, Julia decides to conduct her own clandestine investigations. So, together with her wayward chocolate Labrador puppy Jake, Julia begins a whirlwind tour of the local residents. And everyone, it seems, has something to hide in this village. As she gets closer to the truth, Julia uncovers something even more shocking… Another body, this time of someone she actually knows.

Determined to unmask the killer and find out what connects the two dead bodies, Julia – newly nicknamed the Grim Reaper – ups the stakes and hones in on the most likely suspect. But if she hasn’t deduced correctly, then there is someone else in the village who has killed twice already. Will they be prepared to make it third time lucky to keep their secret safe?

This totally addictive page-turning cozy mystery is perfect for fans of M.C. Beaton, Faith Martin and Betty Rowlands.

Readers love Katie Gayle:

Wow! I need to get my breath back after that… A lie down in a darkened room is also definitely required to recover!… Moves along at a break-neck pace.’ Fiction Books Blog

‘Katie Gayle never fails to keep me laughing, entertained, and trying to figure out the mystery til the very end. I absolutely adore this book10/10… This book is absolutely perfect!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

FantasticI can’t say enough good things about this book. I just loved every minute of reading it.’ Fireflies & Freekicks

Undoubtedly rollicking good fun. If the need to escape reality for a few hours presents itself, I can highly recommend this hilarious hullabaloo of a read.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘There is so much I adored about this book!… The perfect mixture of humour and mystery makes this book an absolute page turner that I would highly recommend to everyone!’ Victoria Wilks Blog

Thrilling and immensely enjoyableAn absolute joy to readWill have readers laughing out loud and keep them glued to the pages from beginning to end.’ Bookish Jottings

A hilarious romp of a mystery.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Compelling and compulsive… An uplifting, endlessly charming and highly original cosy mystery series… Filled with drama, action, twists… A fabulous, and much-needed, piece of escapism in these times.’ Readers Retreat

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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