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An Unholy Mess
Monica Noble Mysteries - Book II
Joyce Cato

Robert Hale
30 April 2015 / ISBN 9780719815430

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Vicar’s wife Monica Noble lives in a flat with her husband and daughter from a previous marriage. Not long before they lived in the whole building, a vast pile that has now been converted into apartments. Now that several of the others are inhabited she decides to throw a housewarming party, but during the festivities a shot is heard. Inside one of the vacant apartments is a body of one of the residents and when the police’s suspicions are a bit close to home Monica decides to turn detective herself.

Murder in the Vicarage 21st century style! This cozy tale has all the right ingredients: a vicar, sleepy Cotswold village, handsome detective and assortment of suspicious-seeming residents. On the surface this story could have taken place some time ago but look closer and this is very much a modern tale; a nice touch. To say more might spoil the story which is not difficult to work out, as this is a simple linear tale with no sub plots. Instead the author imbues her story with a tangible description of a baking hot summer, warring and flirting suspects all with secrets and a village coming to terms with the present day. An enjoyable novel that might well be the start of a new series.

Reviewed 2015