Murder lies beneath the charm of the Lake District
The spring bank holiday should mark an idyllic first year for florist Persimmon ‘Simmy’ Brown’s shop in the Lake District town of Windermere. But there’s a funeral to prepare for and the long weekend takes a further deadly turn.
There’s word of a series of sinister dognappings in nearby Troutbeck and whilst walking up Wansfell Pike, Simmy and her father, Russell, stumble upon a dead dog. Unnerved by this and a second suspicious encounter, Simmy reluctantly finds herself caught up in a murder investigation after a body is found on a farm. And when Russell receives an anonymous death threat, Simmy has no choice but to do all she can to find the killer . . .
* from Goodreads
Who would think overhearing a few sentences would cause so much trouble?
What I liked: I think it’s really amazing how Ms. Tope was able to pull such a full mystery from such a little bit of conversation. It was quite a lot of fun to guess the culprit and the why as I read. I enjoyed most of the characters tremendously. Their personalities and my drive to know who and why kept me from putting down this interesting little cozy.
What I didn’t like: Overall, I did enjoy The Troutbeck Testimony but I found it confusing at times. We only know what Simmy knows and I tended to be frustrated that she avoided the mystery in her lap. Though, I can’t say I wouldn’t do the same. The Troutbeck Testimony is very different than the books I typically read. Much of the plot is hidden and Simmy is a bit, well, grouchy.
The Troutbeck Testimony is a novel I’d recommend to many who enjoy winding mysteries with interesting characters.
|Source:||Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours|
|Publisher & Date:||Morrow/Witness Impulse, October 2016|
|Genre:||Mystery & Detective, Cozy|
|Ages:||16+ (Simmy does have a casual intimate relationship that’s mentioned a few times.)|
|Series:||Persimmon Brown #4|
The Windermere Witness
The Ambleside Alibi
The Coniston Case
The Troutbeck Testimony
The Hawkshead Hostage
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