I have had so much fun reading Marrow Jam! Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and the author!
Genre: Cosy crime, humour
Publication date: April 27, 2020
Publisher: Lightning Books
Source: Rachel’s Random Resources
Some people would describe Beattie Bramshaw as a pillar of the community. Others would praise her role as a stalwart of the Women’s Institute. Many would applaud her numerous successes in the bakery category at the annual village show. A small number might say, if pushed, that they find her a little on the bossy side. And one or two might whisper the words ‘interfering’ and ‘busybody’ behind her back.
But no one would have her down as a murderer.
So why is she being questioned in Dreighton police station after being found in the local allotments, at the dead of night, wielding a kitchen knife just yards away from where local lottery winner, Yvonne Richards, was found stabbed to death? And what does all of this have to do with Doug Sparrow’s prize marrows?
Marrow Jam is a comedy crime caper in the spirit of Agatha Raisin. It will have you chuckling all the way through many cups of tea.
“She would turn to the one, truly dependable remedy and regain her composure by making nature’s special blend of cheerfulness: a nice cup of tea.”
This sums up Beattie Bramshaw’s outlook on life pretty well.
Marrow Jam is a diverting murder mystery set in the sleepy village of Elmesbury, featuring the not-so-young Beattie Bramshaw whose main aim in life seems to be to win the Best in Show award at the annual village fete.
But, Doug Sparrow wins it three times in a row with his prized marrows. Beattie hates Doug and hatches a plan to prevent him from winning the award again. While attempting to execute this plan, she gets embroiled in the murder of Yvonne Richards, who was one of the judges of that year’s fete.
When interrogated by DI Grayson of Dreighton Local Constabulary, she spills the beans bit by bit in a long-winded narrative, which includes her baking secrets and opinions on other people’s lives. The story is written in such a funny way, I couldn’t help laughing out loud a few times.
Armed with a cup of tea and a tray of meringues to help her through trying times, Beattie unearths the secret behind Yvonne’s murder and, in the process, also puts the ghosts of a painful past to rest. She may be an interfering menace, but she has her heart in the right place.
Marrow Jam can really take your mind off things. It is absorbing, hilarious, and thoroughly entertaining. I also learned some new words from the book, like “discombobulate” and “highfaluting.” The author has an extensive vocabulary and makes full use of it.
Highly recommend for an afternoon or two of pure pleasure!
About the Author
Susan A King lives with her husband in a quiet suburb in Hampshire. Between them they have four grown-up sons.
The inspiration for her first novel, Marrow Jam, came from her long experience and observation of competitors at the local Romsey Show, where she regularly aspires to win Best in Show with her floral arrangements.
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