The Dinner Lady Detectives: A charming British village cosy mystery: 1 (The Dinner Lady Detectives, 1)
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British Culture, showed everywhere throughout the book in the perfect amount of understanding as a non-English. Finally, the mystery isn't even worth getting into at this point because, truly, at halfway through the book I'm not sure the author or their creations care. Next, about the pond that Margaery and Clementine broke when they had a car crash was quite hilarious. The setting, the sincerity of the lunch ladies and the mystery itself were all so compelling that it was hard to put this one down before I turned that last page. Then, there is Margaery, Clementine’s sort of partner in crime because they both live under the same roof, and whatever Clementine does, Margaery always in (even though he always says No but Clementine has her own way to drag her over everything).
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The 4th instalment in the Dinner Ladies Detectives series, we are back in the school canteen this time, and Margery and Clementine find themselves invigled in yet another murder! Yes, there is suspense, as there are risk with dealing in catching a murderer, but not the same level as a horror thriller.I have loved every other book in this series so I had high hopes for this one, and it didn't disappoint. As always the book was well written with a captivating story line and well developed characters that I loved instantly both old and new.
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It is described as "a delightful, quintessentially British cosy mystery" and that's exactly what you get. This is my first dinner lady detectives book and although reference was made to previous books in the series, the book explained in enough detail the premise of what happened so you were able to get the jist of what had happened. Margery and Clementine are dinner ladies, or to give them their official title 'Education Centre Nourishment Consultants' (really? Some points genuinely did make me gasp to myself as since most of it was so obvious, the little twists did catch me off guard.Looking for your next cosy fireside read, or is your preference for gritty hard-hitting action replete with guts Love your crime fiction set in Wales? You'd think that might have been the reason she was found dead in the kitchen's walk in freezer but no, the police mark it off as an accidental death, despite there being copious amounts of blood spread all over the freezer and scratch marks on the door. When more dirty deeds happen and random acts of vandalism, have they bitten off more than they can chew? Mr Weaver the maths teacher from Summerview secondary school is missing , and unfortunately is found dead. I can read most books - not very discerning I guess - but even I couldn’t plough my way through this.
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There were some very good lines in the descriptions usually that I did find amusing-- Margery bewailing her ancestors settling on a spot centuries ago where the lawn chairs would blow away in a storm, for example-- but other things fell flat for me. Margery and Clementine Butcher-Baker are coming to the end of another busy half term as dinner ladies at Summerview Secondary school.The writing is okay in this one, even though there are some unlikely events, some TSTL moments, and the main characters behave as if they are at least 20 years older than they are supposed to be. Margery and Clementine are enjoying a peaceful life together in the small, idyllic town of Dewstow, and eagerly awaiting retirement (and the next episode of Antiques Roadshow ). Considering the two main ladies have the surnames Butcher and Baker, I think this was taken a little too far.
The Dinner Lady Detectives: A charming British village cosy The Dinner Lady Detectives: A charming British village cosy
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the wonderfully varied world that is Mystery, Crime and Thrillers. A slow paced beginning sets up the murder of their kitchen manager, when she is found dead in the walk-in freezer.I thought the basic premise for the story was appealing, and I enjoyed several scenes, but I found the way in which the mystery played out was disappointing. This was my first time reading books by Hannah Hendy and I can’t wait to read the other books in the dinner lady detectives series. As the symbols continue to appear all around the town, the sleuths must solve the case before the killer carries out another murder. This is, in my humble opinion, a very successful debut and definitely a series that I am looking forward to keeping up with.