Author – Susan A. King.
Susan A. King lives with her husband in a quiet suburb in Hampshire. Between them they have four grown-up sons.
The inspiration for her Beattie Bramshaw novels comes from her long experience and observation of competitors at the local Romsey Show, where she regularly aspires to win Best in Show with her floral arrangements.
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Publisher – Lightning Books
Pages – 163
The Blurb –
With the murder of last year’s fête judge now but a hazy memory, the village of Elmesbury has retired to its former tranquil existence. That is, until a mysterious newcomer sets in motion a series of events that will see members of the W.I. crossing wooden spoons at dawn.
In the midst of preparing for her long-awaited engagement party, redoubtable village busybody Beattie Bramshaw not only finds herself embroiled in a one-woman campaign to save the elm tree from which the village gets its name, but having to contend with an outbreak of unrest within her beloved W.I. group. Rivalry to win favour with the judge of this year’s fête has fuelled dissent within the ranks and, when two members are found dead in mysterious circumstances, suspicions run rife.
Confident the devil is not only in the cake but in the detail, Beattie determines to uncover the clues that will ultimately lead to the killer’s conviction. But can she solve the mystery before another member of the W.I. is picked off?
Banana Devil Cake is a comedy crime caper in the spirit of Agatha Raisin and one that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. Prepare yourself for a tale of tea, cake and riotous goings-on from the author of Marrow Jam.
Today is my stop on the Banana Devil Cake blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – I fell in love with the debut of this series Marrow Jam, so was so excited to get on the tour for the second installment.
I was not disappointed, just like the first it is clever and very funny. More than once I laughed out loud at the antics of Beattie and the WI ladies. I am sure most villages have someone like Beattie, and she is a great protagonist for a series.
This outing sees her fighting against the destruction of the Elmesbury Elm, and the mysterious death of two residents. Her intuition and wit serve her and the poor policeman well.
The author has created a great cast of characters, that I hope she will continue to write about for a long time.
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