Murder on the Green by H.V.Coombs #Review

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cozy mystery
Avon Books UK
June 25th 2018
Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for for an honest review.

Midsomer Murders meets The Great British Bake Off in this foodie delight with murder at its heart.

Hampden Green has been quiet for months, allowing Ben Hunter to concentrate on running The Old Forge Café. That is until celebrity chef Justin McCleish announces he is opening a pop-up restaurant at the local opera festival and wants Ben to help out.

Ben couldn’t be more flattered, until he discovers he hasn’t been hired for his cooking abilities… Justin is being blackmailed and needs help to crack the case. That is, until extortion turns deadly!

Now Ben must do whatever it takes to find the killer before they strike again…

Hello my friends.

Yes, I know it’s Monday. I hope you had a great weekend and now you are having a great start of the week. The summer is hitting on, but it’s raining here and the time is perfect for settling with a good book. Today I have another review for you, a gripping crime mystery full of cooking and murder. Something nice and easy to read that makes you hungry and curious at the same time.

Ben Hunter is professional cook, but his restaurant is in big debt. There isn’t much money in the quiet village of Hampden Green. But there is a local opera festival and Ben hopes to earn some money preparing the meals for the guests there. Until he finds out that a celebrity chef has been hired to do the cooking, instead of him. The famous Justin McCleish.

And Justin McCleish needs help. In the kitchen. At least that’s what Ben thinks when Justin calls him.  It turns out that Justin has been blackmailed and he needs Ben’s detective skills. But,  very soon, the blackmail turns into murder!

Now Ben has a murder to solve!

Oh, I had a great time reading this book. There was a mystery, a murder, Italian food, funny moments, laughter. I must confess, it made me hungry several times. And after finishing a hard-boiled thriller previously, it was a nice treat. Through laughter and mystery, the story touches some serious issues. Must say, well combined. I also liked Ben and Jess as characters. Jess pops in where Ben struggles. A perfect duo.

Murder on the Green is a cozy mystery. An easy read, perfect for the reading on the beach or by the pool. Ideal for those who love cooking, and eating of course. It is a perfect read for fans of vegetarian lasagna and tiramisu. And for all the other mystery fans.


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