***Fast-paced and funny, this is a must-read for all fans of a classic murder mystery - think The Vicar of Dibley meets Midsomer Murders ***
Jess Castle is running away. Again. This time she's running back home, like she swore she never would.
Castle Kidbury, like all small towns, hums with gossip but now it's plagued with murder of the most gruesome kind. Jess instinctively believes that the hippyish cult camped out on the edge of town are not responsible for the spate of crucifixions that blights the pretty landscape. Her father, a respected judge, despairs of Jess as she infiltrates the cult and manages, not for the first time, to get herself arrested.
Rupert Lawson, a schooldays crush who's now a barrister, bails her out. Jess ropes in a reluctant Rupert as she gatecrashes the murder investigation of DS Eden. A by-the-book copper, Eden has to admit that intuitive, eccentric Jess has the nose of a detective.
As the gory murders pile up, there’s nothing to connect the victims. And yet, the clues are there if you look hard enough.
Perfect for fans of MC Beaton, this is cosy crime at its most entertaining and enthralling.
Title: Jess Castle and the Eyeballs of Death
Author: M.B Vincent
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 18th October 2018
If I could start with a quote from Miranda Hart’s mum to describe this book I would say, “Such fun!’
It really was a hoot, Jess Castle is a young woman who is from a very privileged background and as much as she’s made a success of her studies she still feels a bit of a failure, mainly because she runs away from everything in her life.
When she returns to Castle Kidbury it’s because she has run away from something else. She is tortured by a horrible dream that stems from a traumatic event that happened when she was little and still haunts her. She is a very likeable person and quite awkward in her relationships with other people.
When a murder happens in the village she becomes involved in the investigation because of her extensive knowledge of paganism and the use of symbols.
The murders are quite gory and not for the faint hearted but there are also lots of laughs as the authors’ sense of humour shines through the pages.
This is such a fun and exciting Cosy crime mystery, very tongue in cheek like Midsummer murders and Rosemary and Thyme but a bit more sweary. It has just the right amount of tension and pace to make you not want to put the book down.
I am so excited for the rest of the books in the series and think they would be great to watch on tv.
Book Angel x
About the Author
M.B Vincent is a married couple. She writes romantic fiction, he writes songs and TV theme tunes. They've even written musicals together. They work at opposite ends of the house and meet in the middle to write about Jess Castle and Castle Kidbury, the West Country's goriest market town.