Friday, 24 April 2015

The Poisoned Pie (Hattie's adventures book 1) - Kerry Frith

The lovely Kerry Frith let me have a copy of this ebook to review - thanks Kerry.

Hattie Carter was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She witnessed something she shouldn’t have and it changed her life overnight. 

Now it’s time for Hattie to move on except it's not that easy when she's receiving death threats. On the advice of the DCI in charge, she finds herself in the exquisite village of Castleford in Wiltshire where the cottages are cosy, the locals friendly and never mind the charming Lord Ethan Parks and local sexy but grumpy DI Joe Walsh. Hattie starts to think maybe it's not so bad after all. 

There's no sirens, smog or traffic and even the birds seem chirpier but when there’s a murder in the village, Hattie finds herself curious as to who poisoned Hillary Bishop. She has her suspicions but can she prove who did it all the while DI Walsh is keeping a very close eye on her?

I devoured this book in one day - I had other things I needed to do, so reluctantly I left Hattie and went about my business, but I was eager to get back to find out what was going to happen to her.

Kerry paints a great picture of a lovely village and you soon feel right at home and get to know her and her friends (and enemies!). I loved the way Hattie's little daily routine and her surroundings were outlined, it really made me able to relate to the character. Another favourite part was the description of the food in the restaurant - be prepared to feel hungry.

Hattie is already hiding out due to death threats against her and then there is a death in the village she's taken refuge in - personally I'd lock the doors and not go out, but that wouldn't be a story would it. Hattie is much braver and decides to turn detective......

I don't do spoilers, but I did like the ending and it was the one I was rooting for. 

This is a lovely book - not too long (at 171 pages I would call it a novella) and I would recommend it for holiday reading by a pool or a lazy afternoon. It's more than a short story but not too long that you loose interest. 

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