The Retreat by Sarah Pearse

As I settle into my summer holiday, I imagine arriving at LUMEN, a beautiful, luxurious wellness retreat off the coast of England. So picturesque, a perfect place to unwind, or so the guests thought! I, on the other hand, had a heads up from the cover:

I rubbed by hands together with glee – this was not going to be a relaxing stay for anyone – quite the opposite in fact! Tension-filled and action-packed, with so many twists and turns, the atmosphere could be cut with a knife. Right up my street, I devoured this book and finished it wanting more. Whilst this was my first Sarah Pearse novel, it definitely won’t be my last – highly recommended!

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The Afterparty (Apple TV+)

When a high school reunion goes wrong, and a guest is found murdered in his own home at the VIP afterparty, Detective Danner (played by Tiffany Haddish) and her team swoop in to interview the guests, search for clues and solve the case. Everyone is a suspect and no one can leave until the killer has been revealed.

A slick, fast-paced murder mystery comedy, which unravels episode by episode as the clues start to appear and secrets start to emerge – I enjoyed being part of Danner’s investigation, as the detective storytelling format felt familiar but had an interesting new twist on the whodunnit genre.

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The Appeal by Janice Hallett

This is a cosy mystery with a difference – a modern epistolary with a murderous twist! Set in the little town of Lockford, an amateur dramatics society, The Fairway Players, are in the midst of putting on a performance of All My Sons, which is not going smoothly; running alongside this, a heart-wrenching, but questionable, charity appeal for an ill little girl called Poppy. Tragically, a murder has occured, but when we begin, the reader does not know who is dead or why it happened. From the blurb:

‘Roderick Tanner QC has assigned law students, Charlotte and Femi, to the case. Someone has already been sent to prison for murder, but he suspects that they are innocent. And far darker secrets have yet to be revealed…the murderer is in plain sight!’

Charlotte and Femi need to sift through the information, distinguish the truth from the lies, find the clues and avoid the red herrings. However, Tanner hadn’t just assigned the case to them, I felt like he had also assigned it to me! In a flash, I immersed myself into the world of The Fairway Players. Trying to stay impartial and look for the facts, I got cracking on solving the case.

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The Maid by Nita Prose

An interesting take on the classic murder mystery, with Molly the Maid, an amateur sleuth no one would have expected. Editor turned writer, Nita Prose, introduces ‘a truly original heroine’…

I am your maid. I know about your secrets. Your dirty laundry. But what do you know about me?

Molly the Maid

I read about this new release from fellow mystery bloggers and wanted to check it out for myself. Described on the inside cover as ‘escapist and charming,’ where ‘the truth isn’t always black and white – it’s found in the dirtier, grey areas in between.’…could The Maid live up to all of the hype?

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Cluedo – The Play

I own four different versions of the Cluedo boardgame, often play Cluedo on the computer, was an avid watcher of the TV gameshow of Cluedo as a child, have seen the eighties movie Clue a billion times, and even read the Clue comic. When I heard there was now a theatrical version of Cluedo touring the country, of course, I bought tickets on the day of release. How could I miss it?

The premise of the play is simple and closely follows that of the boardgame and the eighties film, but is set in the UK….

When Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs Peacock, Reverend Green, Mrs White and Colonel Mustard arrive at a party one stormy evening, they are surprised to find they have all recieved the same intriguing invitation from Mr Boddy. It soon becomes clear that they all have something to hide as the mystery and hysteria grows and the inhabitants of Boddy Manor are killed off with a variety of familiar weapons, leaving everyone to wonder, who will be next!

My dream come true, from the director of The Play That Goes Wrong, this new, hilarious whodunnit ticked all of my Cluedo-loving boxes!

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Cause of Death by Anna Legat

Whilst I hadn’t read the previous two Shire Mysteries by Anna Legat, I needn’t have worried. From chapter one, I was immersed in the village way of life, got to know sleuthing duo, Sam and Maggie, and slipped right into the action.

This was a typical, yet enjoyable, cosy mystery – the quaint countryside location of Bishops Well, busy-bodying villagers and a couple of murders – but with the welcome addition of a ghost or two! Crime mixed in with the supernatural…what more could I ask for?

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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman has been on my TBR pile for a long time. A mystery involving grannies is right up my street! From the blurb….

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it’s too late.

When someone at my book club chose it (thank you Zoe!), I was elated. Finally, I had an excuse for reading it and what a treat it was too!

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The Mystery of the Lost Husbands by Gina Cheyne

I’m really excited to be part of my first book blog tour for The Mystery of the Lost Husbands, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

From the blurb…

Is murdering husbands an addiction or merely a bad habit? This is the question facing Private Investigator Cat Harrington when rich builder, Tom Drayton, dies shortly after his wedding night. Suspicion falls on his widow, Anastasia Rodriguez, the survivor of three previous ‘lost’ husbands. Two years later, Anastasia is engaged again, to Cat’s friend Angelo, an Italian snail collector. Angelo’s sister, Gia, employs Cat and the SeeMs Detective Agency to discover if her brother’s fiancé is a killer. The search for Anastasia’s lost husbands takes Cat and her team from Scotland to the South of Spain and on to Argentina. They have just a few weeks before the wedding to discover if Anastasia is a murderer and save their friend from becoming victim number five.

As you can see, this was a mystery I couldn’t pass up!

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Death on the Nile (1978)

With the highly anticipated Kenneth Branagh film coming out in February, I thought it would be a good opportunity to rewatch the original film from 1978. Peter Ustinov is my original Poirot (I have a soft spot for him) and this is the movie that got me into both murder mysteries and also Agatha Christie. The gorgeous visuals, the amazing array of actors and, of course, the man himself – what more can you ask for?

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Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie


Published in 1937, this is one of the lesser-known Poirot novels, but don’t let that put you off. It is a corker! A traditional murder mystery set in a quaint, country village, it has a really lovely feel to it. This time Poirot is joined by his side-kick and companion, Captain Hastings, who, I feel, always adds flavour to any of the Poirot novels, often acting on a similar wavelength to myself during the book – slow off the mark. 🙂

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