Bloedengel sent this wishlist book, unregistered, for my birthday a couple months ago. I was so happy to receive it, and it's very timely as I plan to attend the BookCrossing convention in Oxford this year.
It was an engaging mystery with good characterization. Kate Ivory, the protagonist/sleuth has suffered the death of a close friend and retreats from Oxford to a nearby village in order to cope. I haven't read the earlier books in the series (this is #6), so didn't know Kate's personality or history, but could really empathize with her situation and the need to get away to deal with her grief. Of course, the village doesn't turn out to be as tranquil as she expected...
I definitely will go back and start the series at the beginning!
In order to come to terms with the death of a close friend, Kate Ivory has escaped Oxford and found sanctuary in a friend's cottage a few miles away. Here, in the peace of the countryside, she hopes to find inspiration for her next novel. However, shortly after Kate's arrival at the cottage, her gardener, Donna, is found dead in mysterious circumstances and Kate is reluctantly drawn into an investigation. Unconvinced by the official police verdict, she starts to uncover the feuds and illegal goings-on behind the genteel village facades. There is plenty of gossip, and everyone has a theory about Donna's death, but Kate must relinquish her exile and return to Oxford before she can discover the truth.
Released 2 yrs ago (3/5/2015 UTC) at Bookcrossing Convention 2015 in Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom
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Released for Oh, the Places We Can Go release challenge hosted by Secretariat.
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