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Murder at the Mill by T.A. Belshaw
Many thanks to both NetGalley and to BooksGoSocial for letting me see an advance reader’s copy of this cosy mystery, and to the author.
This series debut is set in 1939 and introduces what are likely to be the main recurring characters.
It was nice to see Alice as her younger self, but I don’t think the reader needs to read the author’s first book featuring some of these characters a long way into the future. I think it’s a good enough standalone series.
I really enjoyed this first story in the series. It reminded me a lot of the old Pinewood Studios and Ealing comedy films, especially the Carry On films. And, of course, it was a reminder of what England was like at that time too.
While it seemed to be very well researched, with some wonderful characters, and some nice twists and turns, I do think that the editing/proofreading of the book was a bit sloppy in places, with several silly typos or spelling errors. Amy turned into Alice at least twice, and there was too much head-hopping for my taste.
But other than that, it’s a good read and lovers of the cosy mystery will probably enjoy it too.