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A Spoonful of Murder: The first book in a hilarious and totally unputdownable cosy murder mystery series for fans of The Thursday Murder Club

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When he not writing, Jon is happy to take his mind off the trials of creativity by doing something practical, such as organising a playground rota or marking a pile of books. After all, she was in the early stages of dementia, her daughter, who normally took care of her, was away for the weekend, and many senior citizens in the area had been targeted by a scam to get their money. If I had one tiny criticism about the audio is that I kept getting confused with who was speaking out of the three ladies.

One week they are sitting down to coffee and cake when Topsy and her daughter, Kelly Anne walk into the cafe. A Spoonful of Murder" introduced us to the unlikely crime-solving trio of retired teachers Liz, Thelma and Pat. The reference to Jackie magazine and the Banda machine which used to live in every staff room simply made me feel more at home.MY THOUGHTS: A Spoonful of Murder is an entertaining cosy murder mystery starring three very down to earth retired teachers, any one of whom could be your neighbour. In addition to these questions, each of the friends has her own issues that range from needing to lose weight to remembering an old incident that could have resulted in terrible consequences, to dealing with a son who is withdrawn and moody and a grandson who is having trouble in school to name a few.

On one particular Thursday, they bump into Topsy, another ex-colleague, former nursery nurse at the same school, and her daughter Kelly Anne. Despite my worries about whether this was just another leap onto the bandwagon, I decided to spend an Audible credit on this one. of the way through the book I thought it had finished and was surprised when there was a fair but more of the book to go! With their wit and wisdom, these seniors do things even I couldn't dream of, often reminding me of my beloved Miss Marple. Liz, a seasoned gardener, anxious grandmother to Jacob, life-long worrier with a sweet and sensitive conscience, is the heart-and-soul of the group, most likely to be on hand when someone is needed “to dispense tissues, wipes, and make gentle conversation”.The interview with the author at the end is wonderful as well (I love these little snippets into their lives - not that I am a stalker or anything. Thelma was the most direct about looking into what had really happened, the most determined to understand what was happening, driven to find an answer by her own faith. Our amateur sleuths in this case are three recently-retired elementary school teachers: Liz, Thelma and Pat.

If you like a good cosy crime, with emotional and thoughtful undercurrent, this may well be the book for you. We follow Liz, Thelma, and Pat as they go about their day-to-day activities plus work to solve the mystery. Childless, and married to a college professor, she fills her days with charity work - hiding a heartbreaking secret.

As each member of the trio investigates, they also deal with real life, like managing their households, dealing with grandchildren and a troubled teenage son. I enjoyed following Pat, Liz and Thelma as they meet for coffee to reminisce about their pasts as teachers and then as that escalates to trying to solve the potential murder of their friend Topsy. Hall explores the desperate measures some people will take to make ends meet, the rights and wrongs of justice – and the junk mail, so much of it announcing fabulous offers, but never living up to expectation.

I was hooked right up until the end and I had many guesses as to who was responsible for Topsy’s death, and what was going on.Written by a first-time (and ex-teacher) author, the friendship of the three main protagonists, built upon a shared history of tea, support and companionship nurtured on the worn chairs of their former staff room, is steeped with authenticity.

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