A Body in the Village Hall

A Body in the Village Hall

An utterly gripping cozy murder mystery

Dee MacDonald


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Kate Palmer is more than ready for the quiet life in Lower Tinworthy, Cornwall. But within weeks of her arrival, a woman is found dead in the village hall, stabbed to death with her own kitchen knife…

The victim is Fenella Barker-Jones: chairwoman of the Women’s Institute, doyenne of the amateur dramatic society, and reigning champion of the WI cake-baking contest. But whilst she may have been at the centre of village life, there were plenty who had reason to dislike her – as Kate is about to find out.

As a practice nurse and one of the first on the scene, Kate can’t help but get drawn into the investigation. Her patients are only too eager to tell her about the victim’s extra-curricular activities and, the more Kate hears about Fenella, the more the list of suspects grows: it seems half the village wanted her dead.

Kate’s sister Angie tells her to leave it alone, but Kate can’t resist piecing together the clues. Especially not if brings her closer to the handsome Detective Inspector ‘Woody’ Forrest, who is near to retiring himself and determined to crack his last case.

But when someone breaks into Kate’s home and leaves a warning note on her pillow, it becomes clear the murderer is prepared to do anything to keep their identity hidden... Will Kate and Woody work out who’s responsible, before she becomes the next victim?

If you love murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or Joy Ellis, then this page-turning novel will have you reading late into the night!

Readers are loving A Body in the Village Hall:

‘With a likeable protagonist in Kate, a colourful cast of supporting characters, a potential love interest and a delightful setting this was thoroughly enjoyable, fully entertaining and exactly what I was craving... I am so looking forward to more in what I hope is a new series for this author.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘My first Dee MacDonald, but definitely not my last! Charming, well written, with excellent character and an intriguing plot, I adored my visit to this charming Cornish village! What a perfect read with some tea/coffee biscuits/cookies… I look forward to more books in this series and can't recommend it enough! I gobbled it up in a day and evening!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Brilliant book like Midsomer Murders… Can't wait to read the next in the series.’ Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Lots of sleuthing, suspects, great characters, misdirections, red herrings, and more. LOVED it!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

A very enjoyable read to lose yourself in with many threads to unravel before the murderer is revealed.’ Netgalley, 5 stars

This book was just what the doctor ordered!... it was a real treat to read this sweet, charming and cosy book... It reminded me a bit of all the Agatha Christie books I read as a kid.’ Goodreads Reviewer

Great book to curl up with in front of the fire on a rainy day…