The Marmalade Murders

The latest book in an award-winning mystery series, celebrated for its small-town charm and picturesque Welsh setting and starring amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan.

The competition is friendly and just a little fierce at the annual Llanelen agricultural show as town and country folk gather for the outdoor judging of farm animals and indoor judging of cakes, pies, pastries, chutneys, jams and jellies, along with vegetables, fruit and flowers. But this year, there’s a new show category: murder.

Local artist, Spa owner, and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan agrees to help with the intake of the domestic arts entries and to judge the children’s pet competition on show day. When the president of the Welsh Women's Guild isn’t on hand to see her granddaughter and pet pug win a prize, the family becomes concerned. When a carrot cake entered in the competition goes missing, something is clearly amiss.

A black Labrador Retriever belonging to the agricultural show’s president discovers the body of the missing woman under the baked goods table. A newcomer to town, a transgender woman, is suspected, but amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan believes her to be innocent. She sets out to find the real killer, but when a second body is discovered days later, the case is thrown into confusion, and Penny knows it’s up to her to figure out what happened—and why.



My Review

Another first for me with this book. Reading these types of books makes me remember why I do enjoy reading cozy mysteries. When executed correctly, these types of books can provide enjoyment. I am happy to report that I got this outcome while reading this book.

I have participated in my local country fair several times and luckily, the competition has never been so fierce that someone was killed.

Penny, Florence, and Mrs. Lloyd were great. Although, they were not the only characters in this book but they were more prominent. Penny is the main lead. She is so kind. She is not the type to go looking for cases but kind of stumbles upon them. Yet, she does a good job of piecing together all the clues to solve the case. The marmalade Murders is a delicious and fun cozy mystery that will have readers clamoring for more.

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