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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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Poignant and relatable, I want these ladies as my friends!… I enjoyed it very much… Recommend’ NetGalley review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ J.M. Hall has a lightness of touch that is hugely entertaining and the book is not only a delight to read, it’s witty and brilliantly plotted. Little hooks at the end of each chapter compel the reader onwards and the chapter summaries at the beginning are so intriguing it’s impossible to put the story down. It's the sixth murder mystery for The Detective Society! This time, though, one of them is the suspect...

This book follows ex colleagues Liz, Pat and Thelma as they meet up every Thursday to catch up on each other’s lives. One Thursday they bump into another one of the old colleagues, Topsy, and her daughter. It turns out that Topsy has been diagnosed with dementia that has been getting progressively worse since the death of her husband, and the only person in her life she has caring for her is her daughter. During this surprise encounter the girls are concerned for Topsy after she shares some insights into her life that aren’t quite right.I totally recommend this book, it is a contemporary murder mystery with 3 older protagonists who investigate murder while balancing their ordinary lives. The Yorkshire setting feels absolutely right for the narrative and J.M. Hall’s style made me think often of Alan Bennett or Victoria Wood so that reading A Spoonful of Murder brought a real smile to my face. That said, as the threads of the plot are drawn together so successfully at the end, there are moments that bring an emotional lump to the throat too.

I’m so excited! I got the current collection of books last christmas and I’m in love with them, I cannot wait for ‘a spoonful of murder.’ I wonder what Hazel and Daisy do next, I’m sure I’ll love it. The plot flows at an even pace, with numerous humorous moments. There are a veritable plethora of red herrings and multiple suspects who could be responsible for Topsy's death, but WHY? Why would anyone want to murder a harmless, if slightly befuddled, old lady?

Very similar vibe to the Richard Osman books, with retirees solving a murder (even the cover is similar).

Wow, such a good plot- Hazel being framed! The cover illustration done by Nina Tara is beautiful and it looks very dainty! The title ‘A spoonful of murder’ reminds me of the Mary Poppins song ‘A spoonful of sugar’! I just showed my mum the cover and she loves the colour and so do I! Congratulations on a new book!Robin was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She has been making up stories all her life.

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