The Teatime Mystery by Faith Martin – Blog Tour

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Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw from 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.

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Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is.

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

Please note this book was first published as “JUST NOT CRICKET” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

Jenny Starling is doing the catering for the village cricket match. But she’s not expecting one of the players to turn up dead.

Everyone from the village has turned out to watch the match, and with this being the club’s centenary, Jenny Starling has been hired specially to provide her stunning food for the event.

Then the next man up to bat, Tristan Jones, is nowhere to be found. He is discovered behind the pavilion, murdered by a blow to the back of the head with an old cricket bat.

The handsome twenty-something had a reputation as a Lothario, with an appetite for married women. Did a scorned woman or a cuckolded husband kill him?

However, he’d annoyed other people too. He was a stockbroker who took big risks with other people’s money and lost their lifesavings.

Soon another body turns up and Jenny Starling is going to need all her cunning to crack this complex case.

This is the sixth in 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.


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.

My Thoughts

Faith Martin has a knack of creating wonderful, quintessentially English settings for the backdrop to her cunning and clever ‘who dun it?’ style cosy mysteries.

This time we are having afternoon tea, catered for by the lovely Jenny of course, and a spot of cricket in a quiet Thames village.

Attending the cricket match and tea are a bunch of eclectic characters, some with more to hide than others but all with opinions and grudges to bear.  Gossip and tension is rife and it isn’t long before Jenny encounters another murder …or two and the idyllic setting is no more.  It’s no secret that the victim was highly disliked and with a host of colourful characters with reasons for murder, Jenny’s cunning and wit is needed to find who the killer is.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Jenny and her no nonsense attitude to everything – especially food and people!  However,  the supporting characters are so well written and add a huge amount of depth to the story, making this a multi dimensional plot line.  No character is there without reasons.

Faith Martin is the master of intricate plots and holding onto the essential information until as late as possible in the story.  She cleverly weaves small tidbits of information throughout, some seems insignificant at the time of reading and others are red herrings, thrown in in to catch the cleverest of sleuths off guard.  Reading a Jenny Starling novel is like participating in a live game of Cluedo – so much fun.

Fabulous books for lovers of cosy mysteries with a very spiffing English theme.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Jenny Starling Series check out my reviews of previous books below.



Author Bio – Faith Martin

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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.



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.


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