May 14, 2019

Rough and Deadly by Paula Williams Review

Rough and Deadly
Much Winchmoor Mystery #2 
By Paula Williams
Release Date: April 30th, 2019
Crooked Cat Books
Tour Host: Rachel's Random Resources
Source: ARC provided by the author

Everyone knows Abe Compton’s Headbender cider is as rough as a cider can get. But is it deadly? 

When self-styled ‘lady of the manor’, Margot Duckett-Trimble, announces she wouldn’t be seen dead drinking the stuff, who could have foreseen that, only a few days later, she’d be found, face down, in a vat of it? 

Kat Latcham’s no stranger to murder. Indeed, the once ‘sleepy’ Somerset village of Much Winchmoor is fast gaining a reputation as the murder capital of the West Country and is ‘as sleepy as a kid on Christmas Eve’ when it’s discovered there’s a murderer running loose in the community again. 

Kat has known Abe all her life, and she is sure that, although he had motive, he didn’t kill Margot. But as she investigates, the murderer strikes again. And the closer Kat gets to finding out who the real killer is, the closer to danger she becomes. 

This second Much Winchmoor mystery is once again spiked with humor and sprinkled with romance – plus a cast of colorful characters, including a manic little dog called Prescott whose bite is definitely worse than his bark.

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

So we are back with the second book in the Much Winchmoor Murder series called Rough and Deadly, and it was fricking awesome! seriously! I'm literally on pins and needles now waiting for book 3!

So Kat's still determined to leave Much Winchmoor, but also is caught up in the latest mystery, only this time it is much closer to home! with her whole family under the scrutiny of the police, and her parent's marriage not quite what it seems to be, but then again, her parents are not the only romance that is struggling, Kat's romance with Will has taken a bumpy path as well.

The author, Paula Williams, has done it again with this book, the pace of the book doesn’t lag and the writing keeps you addicted from the first chapter. When it comes to the characters, I totally loved Kat, but she seemed a little more high maintenance in this book and even though I found that annoying, it did not distract from the story. I did enjoy more of Kat's families input, though I was surprised by the turn it took towards the end.

I give Rough and Deadly 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 judgment 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 humor 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 organized 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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