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Birthdays Can Be Murder

(2010)
(The Birthday Mystery)
(The first book in the Jenny Starling series)
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Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. You'll be gripped from the first page to the last. These classic-style mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is, and look out for some real twists and turns.

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

Please note this book was first published as "BIRTHDAYS CAN BE MURDER" under Faith Martin's pen name JOYCE CATO.

Jenny Starling is catering the twenty-first birthday party of upper-class twins, Alicia and Justin.

She arrives at their parents' country house and is immediately met by the police. A young man has drowned in the pond. Was it an accident or murder?

But the birthday party goes ahead. Then just after midnight, everyone gathers for a champagne toast . . . and one of the guests falls down dead. The police are baffled and there is a whole party full of suspects.

When it comes to someone adding the extra ingredient of poison to her own precious recipes, Jenny isn't going to take it lying down. She has a reputation to protect.

Jenny Starling won't stop until the murderer is found.

This is the first of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense until the final page.

Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

What readers are saying about THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY

"It felt (in a way) like I was reading a young Miss Marple, with Jenny's straight talking and the way she solved the mystery. It looks like we are in for another great series." Louise

"I'm a huge fan of Faith Martin's Hillary Greene series and I have a feeling I'm going to get just as hooked on the Jenny Starling series." Nerys

"Plenty of action in the book with some light humour." Barbara

"Probably even more atmospheric than the Hillary stories." Jane

JENNY STARLING
In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she's a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her - that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a 'celebrity' cook, divorced from Jenny's mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back 'real' food. And definitely doesn't like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.

FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year.

JENNY STARLING MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY
Book 2: THE WINTER MYSTERY
Book 3: THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY
Book 4: THE CASTLE MYSTERY

More JENNY STARLING mysteries coming soon. Join the Joffe Books mailing list to be the first to hear about the next in the series.

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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Used availability for Faith Martin's Birthdays Can Be Murder

Hardback Editions

March 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Birthdays Can be Murder
Author(s): Joyce Cato
ISBN: 1-4084-9401-9 / 978-1-4084-9401-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers
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June 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: Birthdays Can be Murder: A Travelling Cook Mystery (Traveling Cook Mystery)
Author(s): Joyce Cato
ISBN: 0-7090-9073-0 / 978-0-7090-9073-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY an absolutely gripping whodunit
Author(s): FAITH MARTIN
ISBN: 1-78931-061-X / 978-1-78931-061-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Joffe Books
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August 2011 : UK Paperback

Title: Birthdays Can be Murder
Author(s): Joyce Cato
ISBN: 1-4084-9402-7 / 978-1-4084-9402-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Camden
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2010 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Birthdays Can Be Murder
Author(s): Joyce Cato
ISBN: 0-373-26791-6 / 978-0-373-26791-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Worldwide
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Audio Editions

February 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Birthday Mystery
Author(s): Faith Martin
ISBN: 1-79976-976-3 / 978-1-79976-976-7
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance audio
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October 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Birthday Mystery: Jenny Starling, Book 1
Author(s): Faith Martin
Publisher: Audible Studios
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October 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Birthday Mystery: Jenny Starling, Book 1
Author(s): Faith Martin
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


October 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Birthday Mystery: Jenny Starling, Book 1
Author(s): Faith Martin
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Birthday Mystery: Jenny Starling, Book 1
Author(s): Faith Martin
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


November 2011 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Birthdays Can Be Murder
Author(s): Joyce Cato
ISBN: 1-4079-2948-8 / 978-1-4079-2948-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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November 2011 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Birthdays Can Be Murder
Author(s): Joyce Cato
ISBN: 1-4079-2949-6 / 978-1-4079-2949-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2011 : UK MP3 CD

Title: Birthdays Can Be Murder
Author(s): Joyce Cato
ISBN: 1-4079-2950-X / 978-1-4079-2950-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

December 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY an absolutely gripping whodunit full of twists
Author(s): FAITH MARTIN
Publisher: Joffe Books crime mystery
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