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A Terrible Village Poisoning

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Hannah’s Dinner Lady Detective series is one of my favourite go-tos for a cosy, funny book. And this latest offering was just as gorgeous as all the previous titles in the series. If you enjoy comic, relatable cosy crime, this is a must-read.
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A Terrible Village Poisoning is the third Dinner Lady Detectives cozy by Hannah Hendy. Released 23rd Feb 2023 by Canelo, it's 223 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. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. 

This is such a fun continuation to a humorous and quick-to-read cozy series. The characters are warm and funny (they're cafeteria ladies!), intelligent and (mostly) practical, and the author has a deft touch with plotting and execution. I never once found my interest wandering and the action moves along at a good clip. This installment sees Clementine and Margery helping Rose with her upcoming nuptials to Mr. Barrow, the headmaster of the school at which the ladies work. 

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, torch) but shouldn't pose any problems in context for readers from North America. 

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 Fiona Leitch, 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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Margery and Clementine decide to go on holiday before Rose’s wedding, where in the hotel they’re staying in, the mayor drops dead and it’s up to the dinner lady detectives to catch the killer…

I felt like it was very predictable but it was an enjoyable read. I feel like compared to the second book, Clementine was back to her usual self that we saw in the first book instead of being annoying. Although, I still found myself rolling my eyes at some of the things she’d come out with, especially about the whole swearing thing - I feel like it’s old now.

There were certain plot lines that I felt like they were pointless because they would be focussed on so much, just for them to be killed in the end. They didn’t really add anything to the story so I didn’t see the point to them being there. Instead of focussing of them, it could be used to let us know about the characters as I feel like even after three books, I don’t truly know any of the characters which makes me not care or feel connected about any of them. I also wasn’t a fan of the ending - I just didn’t buy the cliff scene at all.

Personally, I don’t see Clementine and Margery as wives, to me they go on more like they are best friends who live together because how has it took until the third book of the series for them to finally kiss? They really don’t act as a married couple.

⚠️ CWs: gun use, poisoning, murder of animals, murder, child death, alcohol use, cheating, profanity and mentions cancer ⚠️
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I had a hard time getting into this story, yeah it was intriguing but at times it felt forced and couldn't read more of a couple of chapters at the time!

It was interesting how the story came together but again it felt like going in circles.
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The Dinner Ladies are back in another very entertaining and funny mystery that made me laugh and kept me guessing.
Margery and Clementina are a great couple of amateur investigators and a formidable couple of women. I love them and they're fleshed out.
The mystery is solid, there's plenty of surprises and I didn't guess the culprit
Can't wait to read the next book.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this arc, all opinions are mine
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I’m struggling with what to say about this book. I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series which I didn’t find to be too much of a problem, but it would give readers a little more back story. I found certain parts of this book to just go on and on, repeating itself for no reason. I didn’t dislike it, it was a cosy murder mystery which I really enjoy, but I didn’t particularly love it either. I didn’t enjoy the ending (the cliff scene was really thrown in there), but throughout there were some funny moments.
Thanks to NetGalley, Hannah Hendy and Canelo for this ARC.
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This wonderful duo are back, always love their adventures! A perfect cosy mystery that you just want to keep reading,
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This is the third entry in the Dinner Lady Detective series, and the ladies are back to solve a poisoning death at a faded country hotel.  The description of the state of the hotel kitchen is almost enough to give you pause before eating out again!.
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A cosy mystery set in a village where everyone knows everyone else in Southern England. The dinner ladies are there to organise a hen party when some one dies at the evening meal in the run down hotel where they are staying. Lots of characters  in this book, which added disorder to the confusing plot for me . Once the story really got going, in the second half of the book, it seemed less disorganized.  I found some of the side stories a little superfluous, they did not seem relevant, did not add to the book on the whole and did not really go anywhere. 
Converstaions at times a bit twee, otherwise an OK read
Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review
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I’m always looking for a new cozy crime series and this is brilliant. I always want a book to reach the a conclusion at the end but didn’t want this book to end. I read to relax and this was just perfect. A great read for readers of the cozy genre.
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With school out for the summer, Margery and Clementine Butcher-Baker are taking advantage of the break to go on holiday. They plan to explore the village of St-Martins-on-the-Water and rest before the chaos of Mrs Smith's impending hen do. By the end of their first night, the local mayor lies dead on the floor of the hotel restaurant, having been poisoned by his meal. The villagers are convinced: The Poisoner is back. This was a fun cozy and just wanted I need as a good distraction. I like the characters and the village and hope for more stories with these two. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
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Fifty-plus dinner ladies Margery and Clementine Baker-Butcher (married to each other, as they insist on telling every single person they meet) have been ‚volunteered‘ to organise their boss Rose Smith‘s impending hen night that will take place in the small village of St. Martins-on-the-Water. During dinner on the first night in their almost derelict filthy hotel, the local mayor drops dead in front of their eyes, obviously poisoned…This cosy mystery is full of red herrings, featuring all characters from the previous two books and can be read as a stand-alone.
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A cute, cozy mystery set in a quaint village.  I enjoyed the characters and I was kept guessing the murderer until the end.   There were a lot of characters and I sometimes got confused on who was who but their support of each other was amazing.  Learning about the different plants and poisons was very interesting. I enjoyed that the ending of the story was not a wrapped up in a bow ending.

Thank you NetGallley for the chance to read this great story
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The local mayor has a dinner date with death…
With school out for the summer, Margery and Clementine Butcher-Baker are taking advantage of the break to go on holiday. They plan to explore the village of St-Martins-on-the-Water and rest before the chaos of Mrs Smith's impending hen do. By the end of their first night, the local mayor lies dead on the floor of the hotel restaurant, having been poisoned by his meal. The villagers are convinced: The Poisoner is back. 
It really is a cute cozy and fun mystery. I loved the characters although I did feel as though we didn't need to be reminded they were a married couple so much. 
#ATerribleVillagePoisoning #NetGalley
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Hendy has another fantastic read with her latest entry in the Dinner Lady Detectives series, which is a favorite series of mine. Hendy has written a great mystery with the perfect blend of suspects, clues and red herrings that you’ll be scratching your head till the end. And her character work is simply excellent; Margery and Clementine are a middle-aged British gay couple with whom you will fall head over heels. In addition the ladies of the school kitchen crew are incredibly funny and lovable. This is the third book in the series, so be sure to pick up book one, The Dinner Lady Detectives, so that you can catch up with all the hilarious hijinks. Highly recommend!

I received this eARC thanks to NetGalley and Canelo in exchange for an honest review. Publishing dates are subject to change.
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3..5 ⭐️ — if you want all the mystery and knowledge about the poisoning plants with humorous traits. This one for you!

I’m glad that Clementine was quite herself in the book rather than the second one. She is back with her humorous remarks and sarcasm in a good way. Also, Margery’s way of thinking was improved a lot in here and all the Dinner Lady took part on solving the crime! I’m so happy and almost screaming when all of them has their own part on solving it. Even though not enough or like sort of team play on solving but at least we get the whole Dinner Lady in! Oh, Rose 
 here has beautifully written characters especially when she screaming about HEIST! That’s my favorite

The storyline was too much. For the mystery, it all packed up into one thing but I don’t think the writing is that good. Because mostly, everything goes round and round. Yes, it does make the readers wondering but for most part on my end, it confused me even more— not in a good way. Also, it took place outside Dewstow! FINALLY, we have another place for Margery and Clementine play the detectives!

The Moral of The Story and Issues this book hold quite focusing on (1)Family. It’s good because, it’s a small village where the setting was and brings up lots of families traits in the book represents the village. (2)There’s different traits about the villagers or the locals and the outsider.How it treated and everybody treated each other. Quite remarkable, actually. (3)Coping mechanism, walking, to ease your mind while you have too much happening in your mind. That’s memorable. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book as much because of Clementine and Rose. Then, the author give The Dinner Lady’s member to took part on solving the crime is quite amazing! We need more of them. However, the mystery writing of this book about the connection, the murderer, the poison and other stuff quite confusing not in a good way for me. It would be much better ifs:
🔹the writing about the mystery not goes round and round especially about the truth, 
🔹Only one perspective isn’t enough, but when its too many. Whose telling the truth? and those two can solve it when they are amateurs? NOPE, 
🔹The ending on the cliff was NONSENSE, she should be written more tragedy on it into good conclusion
However, this book give me few knowledge about poison and it also has a plus. Event though there isn’t much telling about British Culture again or any kind that indicates “BRITISH”, this book is amusing. If there is any other book about Clementine in the future, I would probably look for it!
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I enjoyed this cozy crime, but I did find some of the characters annoying - - but not the main 2, and felt there were a few loose ends that I didn't quite believe. However I would recommend this for a holiday read.
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Thank you to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

The Dinner Lady Detectives are back, with more crime to solve.

Clementine and Margery have gone on holiday but also it’s to help with Rose’s upcoming wedding to Mr Barrow, the head teacher from the school that the ladies work at. Nearly as soon as they’ve arrived at their hotel, things start going awry. Everyone keeps looking at Clementine like they’ve seen a ghost, and she can fathom why. And then, naturally, someone dies in their presence, making them the local police forces number one suspects. But, Clementine and Margery are sure they can solve this riddle and uncover the village secrets.

This is another instalment from this series, and is just as funny and cosy as the previous two. I love Clementine and her dry wit and humour, and Margery is the perfect partner for her, as they balance each other out. The whole story just fits so well, and it makes for an enjoyable, light hearted read. I love the crime elements with the fun side of things. And it’s always quite a puzzle to solve who is guilty. The characters are written so well that they are just perfect for their roles and really easy to picture in the minds eye. I love the “rivalry” between Clem and Rose because the remarks between them both just fit so well in keeping with the book. I can’t wait to see what Clementine, Margery, and the rest of the gang get up to next!!
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Release Date: February 23, 2023


Margery and Clementine Butcher-Baker (wives not sisters thank you very much) are on holiday. Their friendenemy and drama department head Rose is having a hen party and she managed to talk the Mrs Butcher-Bakers into catering it. However on Clem and Margery’s first night the mayor is poisoned in the same dining room that they are eating in. The police suspect Margery and Clem, giving them little choice but to investigate…if only to clear their names. But everyone in the village has secrets to hide and when the dinner lady detectives are uncovering things certain villagers would rather let lie. Will the dinner lady detectives solve the case or will this case just be too hard to swallow.

This is the third book in the Dinner Ladies Dectective series. I am absolutely in love with the series. Margery and Clem are a delight but if I’m being honest, Rose might be my favorite character! The author @hannahhendywrites throws in a delightful exchange where Seren accidentally lets it slip that she and Rose went to @Disneylandparis and it made me laugh out loud. This is not only a re read series, it’s a purchase and re read! Can’t wait for book #4!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Another brilliant instalment in this series, well worth reading the past two books if you haven't. Perfect cosy mystery for a rainy day. Thank you netgalley for the advanced copy
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