Murder at the Village Church

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Pub Date 13 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 04 Apr 2023

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A murder in a locked room… can Nancy and Jane find the key to the case?

Nancy Hunter is on a mission to find her mother. Samantha Hunter walked out on her family and left the village of Dedley End over twenty years ago. For two decades, Nancy has thought her mother was dead…until she discovered she was spotted at a party at a country estate five months ago.

As Nancy delves into the mystery in her own family, the village of Dedley End is rocked by the appearance of Sebastian Holmes, recently released from a long stretch in prison for his part in a jewellery robbery in London. And when someone is found murdered in the local church, it seems that there may be more danger hiding in their sleepy Cotswold village…

Nancy and her grandmother Jane, Dedley End’s resident amateur sleuths and owners of a crime fiction bookshop, set about trying to solve the mystery of just who could be the killer, and how they managed a murder in a locked room – but what they don’t know is that finding the murderer might just bring them closer to finding Samantha. But does she want to be found? And what made her hide away for so many years?

A twisty and unputdownable cozy mystery featuring a grandmother and granddaughter detective duo – if you’re a fan of The Bingo Hall Detectives, Robert Thorogood or The Thursday Murder Club, you’ll love this!

A murder in a locked room… can Nancy and Jane find the key to the case?

Nancy Hunter is on a mission to find her mother. Samantha Hunter walked out on her family and left the village of Dedley End...

Advance Praise

Praise for the Dedley Ends Mystery series:

‘Superb sleuthing! I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Dedley End and can’t wait to go back!’ Heidi Swain

‘I loved this brilliant cozy read…it felt very Christie-esque. Nancy and Jane were fab, I loved their relationship. And I can’t wait for more.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader Review

‘Fabulous cosy murder/mystery with an unforgettable crime-fighting trio. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.’ Angela Marsons

‘A perfect read!…Will entice even the most seasoned mystery reader. If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie and M.C. Beaton, you can’t miss this series.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader Review

‘Absolutely loved this book!…The characters were great and the story flowed along nicely. I read the book in a day, I couldn’t put it down!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader Review

‘If you are a fan of cosy crime then I 100% recommend this series. You will not be disappointed!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader Review

Praise for the Dedley Ends Mystery series:

‘Superb sleuthing! I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Dedley End and can’t wait to go back!’ Heidi Swain

‘I loved this brilliant cozy read…it felt very...

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This British cozy mystery was so good. I loved every moment of this book. I loved Nancy and Jane and I can't wait to see what they get into next!! Loved it!!
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Nancy is finally ready to try and find the mother who left her so long ago. While looking for Samantha, a local returns home from a long stretch in prison. Soon after a body is found in the church.

On go the sleuthing hats as Nancy and Jane try to find out what happened, not only with Samantha, but with the murder. Perhaps the murder may just be related to Samantha somehow…and open a whole new can of worms.

This is one of my favorite British cozy series. Having been raised by my own grandmother, I feel like I’m visiting with her as I visit with Nancy and Jane. Each entry has a really great mystery and I can’t wait for my next visit back to Deadly End.

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A good cozy mystery set in the English country village. Enjoyed this overall, but did tend to skim a bit at times. Felt like a lot of different stories all working here, and at times felt distracting. Would still recommend though, as it kept my interest to the end.

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Murder at the Village Church is the final part to the Dedley End trilogy and with this installment, Victoria Walters has truly excelled herself.

Once again, Nancy Hunter, her gran Jane and best friend Jonathan are in the thick of yet another murder mystery in the village of Dedley End. This time around, the story involves dangerous gang members as well as Nancy's search for her mother who abandoned her when she was a child. It soon emerges that the gang and Nancy's mother are linked. Nancy once again takes it upon herself to answer unanswered questions, ultimately leading to a compromise on not only her safety, but the well-being of her loved ones as well.

There were some terrific twists and turns in the story; it was action-packed, fast-paced and gripping.

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The past casts long shadows, even in Dedley End.

An awful lot of questions need answering, not least how ex-con Seb came to end up dead inside a locked church.

Another great adventure for the bookshop gang

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Wow!!! What a fantastic finale to the Dedly End series of books.
Nancy Jane and Johnathan are back this time with a real mystery very personal and it ties in the other two books. All the questions answered from previous novels.
They emabark on a mystery surrounding a mysterious East End gang but are the members closer to the quiet little village then they think?
Brilliantly written and many twists and turns right to the end.
Loved this series and the characters

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Murder at the Village Church is the third Dudley End Mystery by Victoria Walters. Nancy Hunter and her grandmother Jane run a crime fiction bookshop in the village of Dedley End and enjoy a bit of amateur sleuthing on the side. In this story Nancy is searching for her mother who disappeared over twenty years ago and was presumed dead but has recently been spotted alive and well. Meanwhile a murder in the church means a mystery for Nancy and Jane as they try to uncover the murderer and work out how the crime was committed in a locked room.
Victoria Walters has an easy writing style with well drawn characters and if you enjoy cosy mystery stories then I am sure you will enjoy this one.

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Murder at the Village Church will keep you guessing until the very end.

The story is about Nancy and her need to find her mother. One day, her mother walked out leaving behind her family. Now, twenty years later Nancy is determined to find out what really happened. Imagine thinking your mother is dead only to find out that she may possibly be alive.

The story is well-written, and the characters are well-developed.

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This book was sent to me electronically by Netgalley for review. Thanks to the publisher and author. This is a cozy mystery that was a fun read, written by a talented and gifted author. I enjoyed the quirky characters, and the story moved quickly. Enjoy this book. Be transported to the land of murder...try to discern the ending.

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I really enjoyed the book the characters and storyline were wonderful the best part is a reunion between a daughter and her mother. It shows miracles can come true. This book was approved by netgalley and the publisher for me to read and review.

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As this is the last in the Dedley end trilogy it is wrapped up very well, still searching for her mother who abandoned her Nancy her gran Jane and BF Jonathon are also involved in murderous dealings with a nasty gang, when a link appears with the gang and her mother can the mystery finally be resolved

Thank you Netgalley for this arc

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It has been a joy to continue reading the dramas that unfold before Nancy and Jane Hunter. Another great book with all the cosy murder tropes you could ask for. We have a lot of questions answered that have come up in the previous two books, which was wonderful. I enjoyed lot's of aspects of this book but obviously without revealing spoilers, Victoria takes this book to a new level. I really hope I get to read more of these books in the future but if this was the last book in the trilogy, then I am very happy with the ending!

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It is left to Nancy and Jane to solve and find the key to this unexplained murder mystery, but while doing so they dive into the past and come close to finding a person that doesn’t want to be found! This grandmother/granddaughter duo is absolutely everything you want! Filled with so much love, joy, heartache, and truth you won’t want to out this book down!

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What a read! Just enough romance and a mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat... Will Samantha find her mother? How deep does the gangs influence of crime and corruption stretch? You'll have to read this amazing mystery to find out...

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I wasn't sure at the start - the writing seemed a bit simplistic and it was a slowish beginning but it picked up pace and complexity as it progressed. So by the end it was a satisfying and enjoyable read. It's worth sticking it out. (Although I figured out early on who the baddies were) I received this as an advance copy from the author via NetGalley and am leaving this review voluntarily.

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A little slow at the start, but it picks up speed as the story progresses. With a good locked room mystery to work out there were some terrific twists and turns in the story. Action-packed and entertaining. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Murder Most Foul..
The third outing in the Dedley End series of cosy mysteries and Nancy Hunter together with grandmother Jane are still running the Dedley Endings Bookshop situated in a quaint Cotswolds village where nothing much really happens. Or does it? As Nancy continues her quest to find her mother, concerning events in the village emerge, murder most foul is just around the corner and there’s soon another mystery to solve. Enjoyable, entertaining and a little twee this is a delightful cosy with a charming amateur detective duo to relish

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I was lucky enough to get an arc of this from NetGalley, and since as I was waiting to get my hands on a copy, imagine my delight! I have really enjoyed this series and these characters. This book appears to be the last of series and it closes it very well. Nancy solves her largest remaining life mystery, with her Gran and Jonathan by her side. The plot was well thought out and there were some really good twists in this novel. A truly fun cozy mystery series that’s worth the read.

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Another fun read to the series! This had plenty of red herrings and action going on. Nice to see some of the other mysteries and loose ends tied up as well.

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If you haven't read either of the other books in this series I would recommend you not start with this one (mostly because you'll be missing out on some good books). Although there is plenty of information and backstory provided here you may just feel a little out of the loop on what is going on at the time of this story. I have recently become a fan of the cozy mystery genre and this has been one of my favorites. I love following Nancy as she investigates the murders in her little village - and here we get a 2-for-1 deal on the mysteries. It's also about time she and Jonathan got it together! I liked that DCI Brown accepted and sought out Nancy's involvement, it was a nice change from the usual meddling amateur sleuth trope. There are definitely some clever twists (one I saw coming, one I did not) and resolution with the big bad villain caught me by surprise. The entire book will keep you on your toes! I loved how the author handled the reappearance of Nancy's mother - it wasn't an immediate reconciliation which made the situation so much more believable. I'm going to miss not getting to see these characters again, but after the year they had they deserve a break!

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Nancy Hunter, along with her grandmother, Jane, and her best friend, Jonathan, are back to solve another mystery... and this one is very close to home! After hearing that Nancy's mother, who ran away when she was six, was spotted at a Christmas party near Dedley End, Nancy is determined to find her mother and get a few answers. However, what unravels is a mystery worthy of the greats, as together with Jane and Jonathan, they must not only find her mother, but also find a murderer too!

Oh gosh! This book was absolutely tremendous! This was a locked room mystery, worth of Agatha Christie! While I've gotten quite good at picking up clues and solving the mystery early on, this one was almost unsolvable! How did the victim die in a locked church? And who killed him?

I've been a big fan of Victoria Walters' books since I discovered Glendale Hall, and I was so thrilled when she started to write cosy crime - my favourite genre! She's an absolute natural at delivering a first class whodunnit. This one was particularly high suspense as it involved a gang from London, and I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who the murderer was!

The story intertwines [without giving spoilers] to the previous two mysteries, and I highly recommend reading all three books in order. After just a few pages in Dedly End you will be wanting to come back for more. With an ending that is worth the wait [and a few toe curling moments], this mystery is definitely a five star read! I absolutely can't wait for the next mystery!

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Nancy Hunter hasn’t seen or heard from her Mother for over 20 years. Samantha walked out on Nancy and her Father and seemed to disappear. Then Nancy discovered that her Mother has been seen at a Christmas Party on a nearby estate. Suddenly Nancy is fixated on finding her mum and finding out why she left without a word all those years ago.
A newcomer to the village could hold some of the answers but when someone is murdered in the village church Nancy fears she may be delving into something far darker and more dangerous than she could ever have thought.
I enjoyed this twisty, warm-hearted book. I like the characters; they are warm and funny and engaging. I will definitely read more by this author.

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Cozy crime mystery with interesting characters. Think I needed to read the books in this series before I read this one. Didn’t bowl me over but it did keep me reading!

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Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an early review copy.

A page-turner of a book that keeps you hooked.

This is the third book in the series.

Nancy, along with her grandmother Jane own a bookshop in the village of Dedley End, they also solve mysteries.

Nancy decides to try and find her mother, who left the village over twenty years ago. It was thought that she’d died, but recently she was seen by someone.

But, as well as this, a murder is committed in the church, so Nancy and Jane are on the case to try and find the killer, and find out how it was done as the church was locked.

I highly recommend this book.

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My favourite things about the book;
•Heartwarming but cosy crime at the same time
•Nancys wonderful nan Jane - if you love a great older character in a book. Then you would love Jane.
•The mystery of it
•The who done it - I didn’t work it out or see it coming.
•A sweet friendship.

How I loved being back at this charming Cotswold village with Nancy, Jane and Jonathan in this cosy crime mystery.

I adore the main characters with them being a fab trio! They really are wonderful and warm characters, you can’t help but fall in love with them!

This book really kept you guessing with thinking what was going to happen. I was totally gripped, with a lot of questions I wanted to know the answers to there and then! It had the right intensity with me being on the edge of my seat at times.

But I loved the ending so much and had to message Vicky when I read it to tell her. If you have read it you will know what I mean. 🤐

On a side note I love Vicky’s books how we get little bit of snippets of her passions in life that shine through in her books. Keep writing fab books for us 🥰❤️

The book is out 13th April and I highly recommend reading this. Thanks Netgalley for approving me to read this.

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