Nov 15, 2018

Murder Served Cold by Paula Williams Review

Murder Served Cold
By Paula Williams
Release Date: October 19th, 2018
Crooked Cat Books
Tour Host: Rachel's Random Resources
Source: ARC provided by the author

A quiet English village where nothing ever happens. Until… 

After her boyfriend runs out on her with the contents of their joint bank account, Kat Latcham has no choice but to return to the tiny Somerset village of Much Winchmoor, where she grew up. A place, she reckons, that is not so much sleepy as comatose, and she longs for something exciting to happen to lessen the boredom of living with her parents. 

But when she and her childhood friend, Will Manning, discover a body, and Will's father, John, is arrested for the murder, Kat suddenly realises she should have heeded the saying "be careful what you wish for”. 

Much Winchmoor is a hotbed of gossip, and everyone is convinced John Manning is guilty. Only Kat and Will believe he's innocent. When there's a second murder, Kat is sure she knows the identity of the murderer – and sets out to prove it. But in doing so, she almost becomes the murderer's third victim.

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

Murder Served Cold is the first book in the Much Winchmoor Murder series and I bloody loved it! And while I rarely review murder mysteries here, I do love a good Marple or Midsomer Murders, and this book fits in perfectly!

Katie (Kat) had return home after… well to put a none to finer point on it, was screwed over by her cheating rat faced ex, who needs to be tar and feathered! But in the process of restarting her life in “Nothing”- Much Winchmoor, and trying to make it up to her best mate Will, they find the body of the busybody of the town Marjorie Hampton dead in the freezer! Katie soon realizes life in the village is not quite as it seemed.

As I said before Murder Served Cold is brilliant! The pace of the book doesn’t lag and the writing keeps you addicted from the first chapter. When it comes to the characters, they are totally relatable and I have to admit, I was kept guessing on who the Murder was, as there were some many people with reasons to take the women out!

 Paula Williams is a completely new author to me, but this series has just been added to my auto-buy! Murder Served Cold truly is exceptional was fantastic too read and I want to give you so many details and examples, but it will totally give away the book.

I 100% recommend it for everyone to read, which is why I give it 5 stars.

Paula Williams is living her dream.  She has written all her life – her earliest efforts involved blackmailing her unfortunate younger brothers into appearing in her plays and pageants. But it is only in recent years, when she turned her attention to writing short stories and serials for women's magazines that she discovered, to her surprise, that people with better judgement than her brothers actually liked what she wrote and were prepared to pay her for it.

Now, she writes every day in a lovely, book-lined study in her home in Somerset, where she lives with her husband and a handsome but not always obedient rescue Dalmatian called Duke.  She still writes for magazines but also now writes novels.  A member of both the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Crime Writers' Association, her novels often feature a murder or two and are always sprinkled with humour and spiced with a touch of romance.

She also writes a monthly column, Ideas Store, for the writers' magazine, and when she's not writing, she's either tutoring, leading writing workshops or giving talks on writing at writing festivals and conferences and to organised groups.  She's appeared several times on local radio - in fact, she'll talk about writing to anyone who'll stand still long enough to listen.
But, as with the best of dreams, she worries that one day she's going to wake up and find she still has to bully her brothers into reading 'the play what she wrote'.

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