Ka’s Review

The second in this series didn’t disappoint, I appreciate both Cressida and her commitment to her pug, Ruby, and her friendship with Dotty. There were a couple of twists and turns including unexpected ones. I love when I get some of them right but am also impressed when I have to wait for a reveal.

So clever. I loved the storyline. I got a lot of it right but there were some surprises along the way,

Along with the mystery, I loved the context of the cornish coast and the way the history of the time contributes to the plot.

This series definitely has legs, I’m looking forward to the next one in the series. It’s four out of five stars for me.

Kel’s Review

Cressida and her pug, Ruby, are dressed up and ready to party on the Cornish coast when, in the middle of the event, her former boyfriend suddenly dies. She can’t stop herself from investigating and soon it’s confirmed as murder! More determined, Cressida considers everyone carefully for motives, opportunities, and means, can she work it out before anyone else gets hurt?

The characters are interesting, the story is well-written. Part of a good cosy’s charm is in allowing the reader to try and work out the mystery before the lead character does! If this is a genre you enjoy, definitely pick this one up! It’s a four out of five on the enJOYment scale.

We received complimentary copies of the book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in these reviews are completely our own.

From the back cover:

A seaside party at a Cornish mansion with plenty of fizz, what could be more perfect? But something fishy is afoot… a killer lurks among the guests, and only Cressida Fawcett can stop them.

When Cressida Fawcett is invited to stay at Penbeagle House on the Cornish coast for a fancy-dress ball, she is looking forward to sipping rum cocktails clad as a pirate, watching the red-sailed boats go by and relaxing in the sea air with her good friend Dotty. But before they can raise their glasses to toast Cressida’s former flame Lord Canterbury’s engagement, he drops dead in front of the horrified guests.

The local doctor determines that Lord Canterbury was poisoned, and soon Detective Chief Inspector Andrews is on his way from Scotland Yard. But Cressida is dismayed by the murder of the intrepid explorer who once asked for her hand in marriage, and she cannot simply leave the case to the police. Together with Dotty and her little pug Ruby, Cressida searches for clues only to discover that many of the guests have a motive for murder. Did an irate journalist or a bitter fellow explorer send Lord Canterbury on his untimely final journey?

And when a young maid is found dead, floating in the shimmering waters of the cove, Cressida knows time is running out to catch the killer. Could a clue hidden among some rather pungent crab sandwiches help her solve the case before there is another murder?

A witty and totally addictive cozy mystery packed with intrigue and glamour. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

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