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The Silver Rose Dating Agency by Angelena Boden - Book Tour & Review

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The Silver Rose Dating Agency

When lonely widow Kitty Merriweather moves to Derbyshire’s Hope Valley, she joins the Silver Rose online dating site because it offers a safe place for the over sixties to find romance.

There, she meets the enigmatic Harvey, a scientist working on a conservation project in Bali who promises her “hot days and stormy nights.”

Love blooms quickly but Kitty breaks all the rules laid down by the agency, putting herself at risk. When little things don’t add up she dismisses them as being unimportant. Nothing matters more than her plans for them to live happily ever after.

When she confides in her new friend, Edna Reid, octogenarian and former café owner, Kitty gets angry at Edna’s implication she is likely the victim of a scam. The more Edna hears about Harvey, the more she is convinced he’s only interested in Kitty for her money.

Using her knowledge of computers Edna finally uncovers the truth, but where does black magic and murder fit into this intriguing cosy mystery?

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My Review
The Silver Rose Dating Agency is a fun little cozy mystery set in the village of Hope. It features a quirky cast of characters, all of them on the older end of the spectrum. There's also a mystery to solve when things start happening all over town. 
We've got Edna, a woman who's been in the village for quite some time. She's fond of crossword puzzles, the church choir, and hanging out with her BFF Manny. 
Then there's Kitty, a newcomer to the village. She's recently widowed, and she's a well-known opera singer. Kitty's ready to move on and find love again. So she turns to Silver Rose and hopes for the best. It's on the dating site that she connects with Harvey, a supposed scientist in Bali who seems to be a bit on the shy side and always in need of money. 
Edna knows Kitty is being scammed. Kitty refuses to believe it. So Edna goes on the hunt, determined to uncover what's going on and solve the mystery before it's too late.
I will admit, it did take me a little bit to really get into the story. I didn't quite connect with the characters right away, but once things got going, I found myself engaged and intrigued, curious to see how it would all play out. 
I really liked Edna. Even at her age, she was still sharp (and sometimes saucy), and she refused to back down from a challenge. I also liked Kitty, although she was a bit more reserved a naive about things. I did like that the first time Harvey asked her for money, she was immediately suspicious. But she still let herself get taken advantage of, and I honestly think it was because she really was lonely and still missed her husband, even if she was ready to move on.
Overall, this is a relatively quick, easy read. If you're a fan of cozy mysteries, give this one a go. 
4 stars.

Author Bio –

 Angelena Boden has spent thirty- five years as an international training consultant, specialising in behavioural management and conflict resolution. She trained in Transactional Analysis, the psychology of communication and behaviour, her preferred tool for counselling and coaching.

She originates from the Peak District but has spent a life time travelling and living in places as far apart as Vancouver, Dubai, Paris, Seville and Iran. Now semi-retired in Great Malvern, she writes every morning, walks the hills and paints landscapes every afternoon and fits family and reading in between.

She is the author of two novels published by Urbane Publications (rights reverted) and two self-published cosy mysteries and a number of business books (Management Pocketbooks). Angelena is a regular blogger for a mental health publisher (Trigger) and Autumn Voices website which promotes authors over 60.

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