Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw from https://booksnall.blog/ for oganising this blog tour and to Jeanette Taylor Ford for an ARC copy to read in return for an honest and unbiased review.
When a young woman is found strangled in her camper-van and her twelve-year-old son goes missing, DI Cooke and DS Grant have a dual problem on their hands. And what does this murder have to do with the fatal stabbing of a young man in Portsmouth several years before? And how on earth are residents of Sutton-on-Wye involved?
Despite being the fourth book in the series I can vouch that it works well as a stand alone novel as I have not yet read the previous three. However, there are some references etc. so if you fancy this series I would read in order just to have the most cohesion.
DI Cooke and DS Grant have their work cut out for them. Not only has a young mother with a questionable lifestyle been murdered in her camper van, her 12 year old son Charlie is missing too. Can they figure out the murdered and motive and what links this crime to an old case from the South?
Set in a quaint, English village where everybody knows everyone, Jealousy is Murder is a tale of murder and is surprisingly full of unexpected twists and turns. The setting of the village provides a very typical cosy mystery backdrop. There is enough detail and description to help the reader imagine this village but not too much that the more important aspects of the story become lost. Cooke and Grant are written well as a team and are just really enjoyable to read about. The ‘supporting’ characters are all cleverly written with varying ages, trades and quirky personalities. They ‘life’ of the characters matches small village life really well and portrays an idyllic but realistic setting for a cosy mystery.
The plot itself is gentle and despite being a murder, it’s actually quite fun to read and play along. Ford has cleverly woven clues and red herrings throughout the novel making it unpredictable and at times surprising. The narrative moves at a good pace and the book is a short read – perfect when you need something light.
An gentle and fun mystery to devour in one sitting. I cannot wait to go back and read the other books in the series.
Author Bio – Jeanette Taylor Ford
I’m a lifetime bookworm! From reading to my children to now creating stories of my own, books have always been a large, important part of my life. Those who have read my stories have enjoyed them, so I finally decided to inflict them upon the world in general. Some of them are ghostly tales, combined with loveable characters and interesting situations which make them ghost stories with a difference. However, I also write children’s stories, the first of which, ‘Robin’s Ring’ is published and I’m working on another Robin story. My new series, The River View Series, presents mild mysteries with a difference – and are set in my beloved Herefordshire.
Much to our youngest daughter’s disgust, I love old buildings, castles, mansions, historical places, especially ruined buildings and they are often the inspiration for my stories.
My retirement from my job as a teaching assistant has given me the opportunity to indulge my love of writing and I ask for no more than to give pleasure to my readers. When not writing, I’m making cards, singing in a ladies’ choir, doing Family History and all sorts of other things. I am married to Tony, a retired teacher, and we have six children and seven grandchildren. We live near Nottingham, England.