An English Village Mystery with a Twist
Death at a Country Mansion
I’m delighted to announce that the first book in my English Village Mystery series, DEATH AT A COUNTRY MANSION, will be available on Amazon from 1 February 2019. The plot follows vivacious hairdresser-turned-sleuth, Daisy Thorne and her ensemble of friends as they solve local murders, much to the chagrin of the gruff-but-gorgeous Detective Inspector Paul McGuinness.
When Daisy is asked to solve the murder of her best friend’s mother, the famous opera diva, Dame Serena Levanté, she immediately locks horns with the DI assigned to the case. The gruff but softly Irish spoken detective doesn’t want her trampling all over his crime scene or interviewing his suspects, but he soon comes to realize that Daisy’s local knowledge might hold the key to solving the crime.
This book was such fun to write. It is a stand-alone murder mystery, however, it is based on the same characters in my Levanté sisters series. So it starts with the murder of Dame Serena Levanté, which is basically the same place in time as the first book in the Levanté series begins – FIRST ATTEMPT (FLORIA’S STORY). But whereas Floria’s is a love story, this book follows the sleuthing adventures of Floria’s friend, Daisy, as she sets about solving the mystery of Who Killed Dame Serena?
I’ve written this under a slightly different pen name, just to show it’s a different genre to my usual romantic suspense or contemporary romance. As with any cozy mystery, there is an eclectic mix of suspects, all who have something against Dame Serena, and it is up to Daisy, and the dishy detective, DI Paul McGuinness, to find out who the real killer is. Their path is often obscured by red-herrings and misinformation, however, they triumph at the end of the day – or rather Daisy does – and the murderer is brought to justice.
The hardest part of writing this book was making it unpredictable. This is my first cozy mystery so I was anxious to get it just right. When I gave the book to some of my beta readers to read, they loved it, but most importantly, no one guessed who the real culprit was!
DEATH AT A COUNTRY MANSION is available for pre-order and will be released on 1 February 2019. If you’d like to be reminded when this book comes out, sign up to my Murder Mystery mailing list.
*Please note: this is separate to my normal mailing list, as this is a different genre, although the sexual tension between Daisy and her gruff inspector keeps you turning the pages to the end.
If you haven’t read the Levante sisters contemporary romance series, you can check them out here:
They are FIRST ATTEMPT (FLORIA’S STORY), SECOND CHANCES (MIMI’S STORY), THIRD TIME LUCKY (DONNA’S STORY) AND FOREVER YOURS (CARMEN’S STORY).