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A Cornish Seaside Murder

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Is there anything better than a cosy mystery to glue you to your seat? And is there anywhere better to be glued to said seat than a cafe on a cold Autumn morning as you wait for your car to be fixed? I’ll be honest, I can’t think of anywhere!

One morning, as I waited on a huge engine malfunction (car’s words, not mine!), to be sorted in a land far far away (well, next town over!), I decided I needed something gripping and my eyes landed on this.

This is part of a series I have read totally out of order but it didn’t matter, following Jodie Parker as they investigate the deaths of fishermen, with people insinuating that it’s linked to a siren (mermaid creature) calling them to their demise. I loved that I had constant thoughts back to whether this could be the case or whether it was a suspect from the area. The pacing was nicely up and down for me as descriptions and setting sometimes just made me nod along, then investigative work, everyday (not so normal everyday, the preparation for a festival type malarkey) coupled with a nice smart humour gave me another enjoyable car wait (this is a somewhat regular thing, trip for car with a great book!). All in all so recommended for atmosphere, humour, and great investigative cosiness! Beyond recommended! Thanks to the publisher for the book in return for an honest review.

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A Cornish Seaside Murder is the sixth Nosey Parker mystery by Fiona Leitch. Released 8th June 2023 by Harper Collins on their One More Chapter imprint, it's 270 pages and is available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout.

This is such a fun continuation to a humorous and quick-to-read cozy series. I never once found my interest wandering and the action moves along at a good clip.It's a village cozy and replete with the warm and slightly wonky eccentricities of village life and the inhabitants to be found there. The spelling and vernacular are UK English (flat, tyre, boot, torch) but won't pose any problems in context for readers from North America. 

A bizarre murder at the start of a village fete/festival with potential superstitious overtones drags Jodie ("Nosey") Parker into the middle of investigating smuggling and the criminal underworld, such as it is, in their sleepy Cornish village. She's also caught up in trying to juggle her family and her catering business commitments with not-always-ideal results.

Four stars. The mystery is self contained in this volume so it works well enough as a standalone read, but the generally high quality of the series as a whole would also make for a good binge/buddy read. Fans of J. M. Hall, and Peter Boland will find this one a delight.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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A light hearted and lightweight crime mystery set in a Cornish village. I was not aware until finishing the book that it was part of a series but it was still very easy to follow and worked well as a stand-alone story.

With thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for an opportunity to read and review an advance copy.
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As always, I love getting back into the life of Jodie.  In this installment, she is finally made an auxiliary investigator, and gets to work alongside Nathan officially.  The murder this time that has rocked the small town of Penstowan appears to have been done by a mermaid??  Jodie must work to balance her catering business and her detective work, while also taking care of her family.   The annual mermaid festival is coming up, but the town legend has everyone worried.  With more and more people seemingly getting attacked, Jodie has to figure out this mystery quick. 

This novel was different from the previous books in that there wasn't as much of her catering, there was a lot more detective work involved, and the case was a lot more dangerous than previous cases.  This made it not as lighthearted as I have come to expect from these mysteries, and the ending makes me worry that we won't have any more in this series!  It did give a lot more of the history of the town, and filled the town out more, which I liked. I hope there are more books soon, I love reading this series.
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I love this series of books and the latest instalment does not disappoint. Cosy crime at its best with plenty of comedic moments and a splash of romance. You couldn’t ask for more! The books can all be read as standalone but the series is fabulous! Can’t wait for the next one!

Thank you Netgalley
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This was my first of these books but it didn't matter I hadn't read the others in the series. A beautiful setting, lots of twists and turns - a great summer read!
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Story line was clever with several twists and turns, and the characters themselves was funny , but it's not a series I will be going on with at thus time .
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This was a fantastic installment to the series. The plot is clever with several twists and turns, just as I like. It was fun to visit with Nosey Parker again.  
Many thanks to Harpercollins UK and to Netgalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Another great addition to the Jodie 'Nosey' Parker series, again making me wish I'd discovered these sooner.  It's a light, easy read, but unlike some so-called cozy mysteries, it's not a literary sleeping tablet. There's plenty going on, and it's genuinely funny throughout. 

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- book 6 of series
-I was hooked in the first chapter- lots of action and excitement
-fun, easy read
-loved the characters; especially Jodie- a strong woman, yet vulnerable and worried about being a good mom
-like reading a tv detective show
-loved the surprise ending
-Mocha Choc Chip cookie recipe

Thank you NetGalley , Harper Collins UK and One More Chapter for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!
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Princess Fuzzypants here:  Has a homicidal mermaid returned to the seaside village?  The superstitious old time fishermen think it is possible but police officers Jodie and Nathan think the cause is far more human and sinister.  Jodie has been brought on as a DS on a temporary basis.  The challenge is less having Nathan her boss and more in trying to juggle all the various balls she has in the air without them dropping..

Clearly there is something nefarious going on and it involves boats and some kind of contraband.  As more of the participants seem to be harmed, Jodie and Nathan inch closer and closer to the conclusion that Jodie does not want to be true.  When they finally figure the entire thing out, it is not what they expected.

This is an entertaining series with great characters who have humour and intelligence.  The setting in Cornwall is delightful too and makes the reader want to take trip to see the sights.  Alas, we shall have to content ourselves with a literary journey at the moment.  Five purrs and two paws up.
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This was my first Fiona Leitch book so I had not read any others in this series. However, it was easy to pick up as a standalone novel and proved to be an entertaining read - contemporary cosy crime fiction in a lovely Cornish setting and with key characters I cared about. I am sure readers of this series are very much invested in the main character as they follow Jodie and her family and the goings on in the little fishing village. As a working single (ish) parent, Jodie is very relatable and I liked her self-deprecating humour and positive outlook on life. I can picture the series working well if it were adapted early Sunday evening television.
Thank you NetGalley for my advance copy of A Cornish Seaside Murder.
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This is only the second of this series that I have read - however, this did not stop me reading this overnight and enjoying every moment of this cozy murder set in a seaside Cornish village.

Jodie and Nathan investigate the murder of a local fisherman, the assault of a local student and the disappearance of two. They suspect drugs but find the truth eventually to be murkier.

Interspersed with family interludes which add humour this is a delightful read.
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Very light-hearted series, cosy crime down by the sea.  A comforting easy read for a couple of hours relaxation.  Maybe an easy read but I do appreciate that writing this sort of story well is not an easy task.  There are plenty of examples of failure in this genre.  I have read most of these now and although a tad formulaic, well-written and fun to read.  Thanks to Netgalley.
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Jodie Parker retired from the police & moved back to her home town. She is building up her catering business but once a cop... Living with her partner who is a DCI means she keeps up her sleuthing skills. When things at the Mermaid festival turn bad she finds herself trying to juggle both careers.

Somehow I have missed out on this series of books but it didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying this one. I loved the setting & the characters & will certainly be looking out for the next one. Thanks to Netgalley & the publisher for this perfect summer read.
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Having Jodie and Nathan working together in this and also trying to run her catering business makes for a busy read, not as enjoyable as the previous in this series but still a reasonably good read
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A light easy read especially if you are familiar with Cornwall. Juggling life between a daughter, part time job as a policewoman and trying to run a catering business is really a job for superwoman but Jodie seems to manage. 
As the body count mounts up can the police really work out why? If you are clever you can work out the real reason before the police do as there are hints.....
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I loved the latest book in the nosy parker series, it was a great follow-on from the last one and i liked how previous conflicts were mentioned and you could see character growth. The actual crime was done well and i thought it was done in a fairly believable way. Looking forward to the next in the series as this one was excellent.
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Firstly, I must start by saying that this is a delightful blend of cosy mystery and picturesque seaside setting where I soon became absorbed in a refreshing escape into a world of murder, secrets, and unexpected twists. As I was reading the book, I found the characters to have a certain quirkiness which added to the enjoyment. 

This was an easy read, the story moved at a steady pace with sufficient clues and red herrings to create the necessary suspense and anticipation that I require from any mystery.. At times, I did feel that some elements of the plot were slightly predictable, but I stayed engaged until the final pages.

One of the book's strongest assets is its charm which captures the essence of a cosy mystery. It wasn’t difficult for me to imagine the idyllic coastal setting and the quirky characters that made this an enjoyable read.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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A nice installment in he Nosey Parker series. Not amazing writing, but fun, funny and light hearted. This is really a series but realistically I think most of the books (including this one) could be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty.

Fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy this!
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