Friday, May 20, 2016

Meddling With Murder by Ellie Campbell

Published April 9th 2016 by Across the Pond Press

Crouch End Confidential, the agency started by housewife, Cathy O’Farrell, with ex-cleaner Pimple, is failing badly. Hardly surprising when their only clients are little old ladies seeking lost pets. Until the strange case of the missing dog…

Soon Cathy’s multiple problems include stolen bikes, a possible murder weapon, the sabotage of her friends’ new shop, drug-dealing yobbos targeting her children’s primary school and being forced to pose as the world’s most inept maths tutor. Worse, best friend Rosa hires her to investigate fiancé Alec and – horrors – Cathy’s husband Declan is intent on moving himself, Cathy and kids to the safer climes of rural Norfolk. Suddenly Cathy is endangering her marriage, friendships and her life to untangle these messes. But that’s what you get for meddling with murder… 

My Thoughts…

Oh My Gosh… I love Cathy.    She has such a normal life, yet she has some interesting things happen to her every day.    Cathy is busy being a detective with her cleaning lady/partner Pimple while the rest of her family and friends go about life.   She learns many secrets of people she considers friends.      I love how she had to keep the secrets while trying to solve their mysteries.     As she confides parts of each secret to others she rushes to keep the rest. 

There are so many times I had ideas on how each person would have their mystery solved.  I tried to figure out how the stories go together.    There were times I had it right but most of the time I was off by a bit.    I love how Ellie Campbell keeps the reader guessing and intrigued throughout the entire book.    There were surprises, sweet romance, renewed relationships, and building on friendships. 

I love this series.   Each book is a standalone but the characters are consistent through the entire series.   

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Meet Ellie Campbell:   Ellie Campbell is a pseudonym for sisters, Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell, who write together from their respective homes in Surrey, England (Pam) and Colorado, USA (Lorraine). After years of selling short stories independently, they began their Ellie Campbell collaboration with a first novel, How To Survive Your Sisters, followed by When Good Friends Go Bad, Looking For La La, To Catch A Creeper and Million Dollar Question. They write contemporary women's fiction laced with humour, romance, and mystery. Meddling With Murder is their 6th novel and follows Looking For La La and To Catch A Creeper in the funny, cozy ‘Crouch End Confidential’ mystery series.

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