Helena Marchmont: Bunburry 4-6: Death of a Ladies’ Man / Drop Dead, Gorgeous / Murder in High Places


Blurb:

Miss Marple meets Oscar Wilde in this new series of cosy mysteries set in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Bunburry. Here, fudge-making and quaffing real ale in the local pub are matched by an undercurrent of passion, jealousy, hatred and murder – laced with a welcome dose of humour.

This compilation contains episodes 4 – 6.

DEATH OF A LADIES’ MAN:

The summer tourist season is in full swing. Among the visitors is Mario Bellini, a gelateria owner with film-star good looks, who is considering opening an ice-cream parlour in Bunburry. But shortly after his arrival, he is found dead – a tragic accident, or something more sinister?

DROP DEAD, GORGEOUS:

Deb’s Beauty Salon becomes the last resting place for merry widow and property magnate Eve Mosby, whose passions include haute couture and a young lover. Plenty of people disliked Mrs Mosby, but enough to kill her?

MURDER IN HIGH PLACES:

Oscar will brave the Cotswolds for the first time! Alfie has tried for months to convince his best friend to visit him – but when a glamorous High Society Party in honour of celebrated actor Dorian Stevens is announced, Oscar just can’t resist. He is – after all – Dorian’s greatest fan and can’t wait to meet his hero. But the evening at the lovely Saville mansion takes a murderous turn…

I’m really taking to this series, in this second triple of novellas even more so than in the first three. I hope books 7-9 won’t be the last they’re (re)publishing as a three-book bundle … (so far, alas, that seems to be the case).

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