Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw for oganising this blog tour and to Faith Martin and Joffe Publishing for an ARC copy to read in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Jenny Starling has a job on a luxury paddle steamer working for a wealthy businessman. All she has to do is cook for his small number of guests. But things quickly turn sour.
Then she discovers the body of one of the passengers in the store cupboard. Who wanted him dead and why?
Jenny will have to ignore many red herrings and follow the clues to get to the bottom of a complex and intriguing murder mystery.
This is the third of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.
Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.
Meet 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.
I was so excited when Jill mailed me and asked to part of this tour. despite being full I am a huge fan of Jenny Starling and I think I’m a little in love with her. The girl can cook and has a no-nonsense approach to life. The Riverboat mystery can be read as a stand alone or out-of-order.
Read my reviews of the first books in the series.
Reading The Riverboat Mystery was like coming home to a loved and familiar place. I love Ms Martin’s storytelling and the way she seems to luxuriously unwind the plot like she’s unwrapping a most delicious chocolate.
Jenny has been hired to cook for wealthy man, Lucas and his companions onboard his luxury riverboat, joining the captain, the engineer and the butler as staff. Other guests include the Leighs and the Olneys. Whilst moving around the boat, minding her own business, the astute Jenny starts to notice that people and situations may not be all they seem, especially when a someone on the board is found murdered.
For the first half of the book, Ms Martin introduces the main players and spends time giving the reader a glimpse into their lives by showing snippets of conversations or certain actions. She is excellent at smattering seemingly irrelevant (at the time) little clues etc. into the writing that almost go un-noticed until later in the books (or they do in my case).
With a literal boat load of viable suspects, all with strong motives and a victim as unlikable as this one, Jenny is once again drawn into a game of ‘WhoDunIt?‘ as she uses her sharp wit, clever techniques for extracting information and astute observations to figure out who our murderer is.
Highly recommended for fans of cosy crime novels, light-hearted crime and whodunits?
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Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the university city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time. The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style ‘whodunits’ under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.
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
More JENNY STARLING mysteries coming soon