The Murders at Foxglove Close

A brilliantly addictive cozy murder mystery (A Neighbourhood Watch Mystery Book 1)

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Pub Date 17 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 17 Jun 2021
Hodder & Stoughton, Hodder Studio

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If you enjoyed Midsomer Murders, you will love Rose Temple's Neighbourhood Watch series! Perfect for fans of Betty Rowlands, Faith Martin and Helen Cox.

The sleepy village of Little Cote was meant to be a quieter pace of life for ex-Met PC Jemima Cotton. But she soon discovers, here a petty rivalry can erupt into full-blown murder . . .

Police Officer Jemima Cotton expected Little Cote to be a quieter pace of life. But, unlike London, everyone knows everyone, and beyond the cake sales and coffee mornings, tea parties and village fetes, the neighbours aren't all the best of friends . . .

When Jemima is unpacking her mugs and teabags in her new home on Foxglove Close, she's called to attend her first murder investigation. She's excited, until she discovers it's only a few doors down from her. And she hasn't even met her new neighbours yet! As she steps out of her house in full uniform, Jemima can feel the eyes on the back of her neck, and she can see the curtains and blinds twitching.

But the crucial question is why did the lonely gentleman at the end of the road get murdered, eating dinner alone at his garden table, tucking into a new bottle of Chablis? As she digs deeper into the murder, Jemima discovers that here in Little Cote, underneath the surface, tensions bubble away . . . and the smallest vendetta can erupt into full blown murder.

Real Readers LOVE The Murders at Foxglove Close:

'A thoroughly enjoyable bedtime read . . . a single sitting page-turner'

'A glorious dollop of pure escapism . . . Wholly enjoyable, relaxing and entertaining'

'The witty humour, lighthearted mystery, idiosyncratic characters and beautiful rural setting help bring both the story and the characters to life. Highly recommended'

'Excellent start for a new cozy series . . . Highly recommended'

If you enjoyed The Murders at Foxglove Close, the second instalment Death on the Doorstep is available to pre-order now! Out on July 15th!

If you enjoyed Midsomer Murders, you will love Rose Temple's Neighbourhood Watch series! Perfect for fans of Betty Rowlands, Faith Martin and Helen Cox.

The sleepy village of Little Cote was meant to...

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Villages and nosy neighbours.... Not the best combination for PC Jemima Cotton, who's just moved into her new home. And especially not when a dead body is discovered in Foxglove Close, a couple of doors down from her house. But the neighbours seem to be harbouring secrets.... I hope this is the start of a great series :)

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For me, this story is an easy read and interesting read. Actually, I chose the wrong person as the murder at the end of the story. The story is set in the countryside that is always thought of by people as peaceful and calm but actually has a lot of secrets. The people are much more close-knit with each other and know everyone’s stories (or busybody). The story is simple and quite straightforward. I like how the protagonist solves these crimes and maneuvering her ways with her neighbours and coworkers at the same time. The story is a good cozy mystery and an easy read. I am hoping all the best for the next story from the author.

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Very well written, interesting characters and a good story. Enjoyed reading this book. Look forward to reading more by Rose Temple.

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If you like Midsomer Murders, Murders at Foxglove Close will be right up your (hopefully crime-free) street. As recently-transferred PC Jemima Cotton soon finds out, nothing is quite as it seems in a neighbourhood full of gossips with their own Whatsapp group chat and a freshly murdered corpse just down the road at № 1 Foxglove Close. The move from London to Sussex policing and some uncomfortable questions to her new neighbours mean that Jemima is not the favourite resident of the close. She is, however, the most adept at solving murders. Temple draws out the secrets of each resident bit by bit, building a picture of the area for both Jemima and the reader. The ending was a little surprising and seemed a bit rushed in comparison to the effort put into weaving the stories together, but the killer was logical and there was evidence to suggest their identity throughout. Either way, a thoroughly enjoyable bedtime read; a laid back and clear writing style with a strong female lead who is good at what she does makes for a single sitting page-turner! My thanks to NetGalley, Hodder & Stoughton and Rose Temple for this e-ARC.

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Glorious Dollop Of Pure Escapism... A glorious dollop of pure escapism in this first of a series featuring ex Metropolitan Police officer Jemima Cotton who has made a move to the village of Little Cote in search of a quieter and more peaceful way of life. Her optimism, however, is dashed when the murders begin and she realises that there is much more beneath the surface of village life than meets the eye. A short but wholly enjoyable, relaxing and entertaining read with a likeable protagonist in Jemima and a colourful cast of supporting characters.

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