Monday 29 January 2024

Driven to Murder (A Sophie Sayers Cozy Mystery Book 9) by Debbie Young


Driven To Murder

A perfect cosy crime for fans of M C Beaton's Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series.

Change is coming to Wendlebury Barrow – and not everyone is happy about it…

When the local bus company announces it will be stopping its route through their quaint Cotswold village, the people of Wendlebury Barrow are up in arms. Not least Sophie Sayers, whose driving lessons with her boyfriend Hector get off to a bumpy start.

But the locals’ peaceful protests against the decision turn deadly when a body is discovered on the Number 27. No one can work out how Janice Boggins met her demise, let alone how the driver didn’t notice. While the police wait for the post mortem results, Sophie immediately suspects foul play, and launches her own investigation.

Can she solve the murder before another passenger is hurt?

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I wouldn't normally jump into a series at the ninth book but this one appealed and it was easily enjoyed having not read the previous books, yet.

What I loved most about this cozy mystery was the humour. The murder itself was quite peculiar and the events leading up to it were quirky as the villagers banded together to protest against the cancellation of their local bus service.

I enjoyed Sophie as the main protagonist and I found her to be refreshing and intelligent. She handled a lecherous driving instructor, and a murder suspect with aplomb.

The small village setting added charm to the storyline and it was easy to get to know the local characters. I liked the eccentricities of the people and I could relate to their protesting to save their bus service. Villages and rural areas are constantly having to fight to save basic services like post offices, banking and public transport so I could easily imagine the feelings of the villagers and how riled up they could get about important matters.

This is a very entertaining and engrossing murder mystery and a new series to me that I want to explore from the beginning.

Author Bio –

Debbie Young is the much-loved author of the Sophie Sayers and St Brides cosy crime mysteries. She lives in a Cotswold village where she runs the local literary festival, and has worked at Westonbirt School, both of which provide inspiration for her writing. She is bringing both her series to Boldwood in a 13-book contract. They will be publishing several new titles in each series and republishing the backlist, starting in September 2022.

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