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?
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!
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?
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. 🙂