CR - Nefarious Doings, Ilsa Evans

Way back in the deep dark past of my reading habits I will admit that I did kind of like the odd Charlotte MacLeod style book. Even wandered around in Maggody for a while, before developing a taste for the darker things in life (red wine / dark chocolate / dark storylines). But the occasional dip into the cozy world has actually worked a few times this year, so I thought why not another go. And besides, Bendigo and the word "nefarious". One of my favourite words.

From the Blurb:

Welcome to the sleepy town of Majic, where neighbourhood watch is a killer …

For Nell Forrest, life in the little town of Majic is not going smoothly. One of her five daughters has just swapped university for fruit-picking, another is about to hit puberty, while a third keeps leaving aggrieved messages on the answering machine. On top of all this, her mother is infuriating and it's only been a matter of months since Nell lost her husband of twenty-five years. It's no surprise, then, that she is even struggling to write her weekly column.

But the floodgates of inspiration are about to swing open, almost knocking her out in the process. Murder and mayhem, arson and adultery, dungeons, death threats and disappearances are just around the corner. Despite Nell's abysmal aptitude for investigative work, she manages to shine the light on the local Richard III Society and that's when things really start to heat up. Throw in some suspicious widows, nosy neighbours, a canine witness, plus a detective who is getting a little closer than he should, and it's clear that nefarious doings are well and truly afoot. 

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