A Cocktail To Die For
Cocktails, chaos, and an unexpected twist. Can Perry and his hens unveil the truth before time
Death at Prestigious Hotel and Spa, Chasingham House
We are hearing reports that a young woman has been found dead at Chasingham House, the exclusive venue in the Cotswolds. She has not been named, and the cause of death is unknown at this time. This will no doubt cast a cloud over the bachelor weekend being hosted there by Lady Beatrice (36), the Countess of Rossex, for her business partner Perry Juke (34) ahead of his wedding to bestselling author and celebrity chef Simon Lattimore (40). Also staying at Chasingham House are top models Camile Redmaine (35) and Mel Parks (35), who are celebrating newly single Cammy’s birthday with a group of friends.
When one of the birthday girls is found dead in her room, it’s clear Bea's plans for her, Perry, and their friends to chill around the pool, have a few treatments, and generally relax, seem to have gone down the drain. When the local police are quick to dismiss the death as an accident, Bea is determined to help investigate anyway, along with the rest of Perry’s party.
Can Perry and his hens catch the killer before the weekend is over and the trail goes cold?
Starting a series on the eighth book would normally be a huge no for me as I'd assume I'd be missing too much backstory of the main characters. However, this reads surprisingly well as a standalone. It was easy to, not only get into the story but, get to know the main characters and I never felt lost with who's who.
The untimely death of a party guest sparks the group to begin their own murder investigation, especially as the police are intimating that the death was an accident. Murder suspects are limited to the guests at the hotel but there were enough red herrings to keep me guessing and asking questions.
This is quite a gentle cosy mystery as all the investigation takes place in the hotel where it is easy to round up everyone there and conduct interviews on-site. There is quite a bit of humour throughout the book so I wasn't expecting the sad and poignant story behind the murder and I found that scene quite moving.
There is a little sneak peek into the next book to be published so I will be looking forward to that one but in the meantime, book 1 is calling.