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Marrow Jam by Susan A. King - Book Tour & Review


Marrow Jam



MURDER, MYSTERY…AND MARROWS

Some people would describe Beattie Bramshaw as a pillar of the community. Many would applaud her numerous successes in the bakery competition 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 just 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 a cup of tea.


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My Review
Marrow Jam is a fun little cozy mystery that will leave readers highly entertained and amused by Beattie and her recollection of the events that have lead to her being interviewed by police as a suspect in the murder of lottery winner Yvonne Richards. While murder is no laughing matter, Beattie is almost insufferable with her attention to detail, her ability to get off-track, and her adamant refusal to admit she's anything other than innocent. 
I quite enjoyed the mystery that unfolds within the pages. There's humor, romance, and competition that will keep readers on their toes. I, personally, can relate to Beattie and her desire to win Best in Show. While I've never entered a competition that offered such a prize, I have a very determined competitor, and I don't like losing. I totally got why she wanted to go ahead with the plan she comes up with in the book, even though I didn't exactly approve of it (kind of like her friend Phyllis). 
The culprit, while not necessarily obvious right away, is easy enough to figure out once the book gets to a certain point. And, to be honest, Yvonne is a bit annoying and snooty, so it's not surprising someone offed her. 
Fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy the caper that is Marrow Jam. 
4 stars from me!



Author Bio
Susan A King lives with her husband in a quiet suburb in Hampshire. Between them they have four grown-up sons, all of whom have now flown the nest.
The inspiration for her first novel, Marrow Jam, came from her long experience and observation of competitors at the annual Romsey Show, where she regularly aspires to win Best in Show with her floral arrangements.
Marrow Jam was shortlisted for the Write Here, Right Now novel competition, Bradford Literature Festival and is published by Eye/Lightning Books.


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