My Review (4 out of 5 stars)
The Marquess of Mortiforde has a lot on his plate. With the first food festival about to begin and a new Chief Executive arriving early to upset the apple cart, there is a lot at stake for Aldermaston. Caught between the Vegetarian Society and the meat brigade, the last thing he needs is a series of threatening and mysterious notes, along with deliveries of pig meat which are clearly intended to add sauce to the threats. Can Aldermaston track down the missing butchers and keep everyone happy before the Bake-Off competition cooks everyone’s goose?
This is the second book in Simon Whaley’s Marquess of Mortiforde Mysteries series and the first of his that I’ve read. The tone of the book is light-hearted and peppered with lots of foody puns and silly names, like Jock Trotter and Beouf Boucher. The plot reminded me of a comic version of The Archers (BBC Radio 4), with the usual sniping and back-stabbing you’d expect in an off-beat story of village life. Though there’s perhaps a little too much dialogue at times, which slows the pace a bit, this was an enjoyable read that will please fans of cosy mysteries and dramas like Midsomer Murders etc.
An amusing and entertaining read.
Simon Whaley is an author, writer and photographer who lives in the hilly bit of Shropshire. Foraging for Murder is the second in his Marquess of Mortiforde Mysteries, set in the idyllic Welsh Borders – a place many people struggle to locate on a map (including by some of those who live here). He’s written several non-fiction books, many if which contain his humorous take on the world, including the bestselling One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human and two editions in the hugely popular Bluffer’s Guide series (The Bluffer’s Guide to Dogs and The Bluffer’s Guide to Hiking). His short stories have appeared in Take A Break, Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special, The Weekly News and The People’s Friend. Meanwhile his magazine articles have delighted readers in a variety of publications including BBC Countryfile, The People’s Friend, Coast, The Simple Things and Country Walking.
Simon lives in Shropshire (which just happens to be a Welsh Border county) and, when he gets stuck with his writing, he tramps the Shropshire hills looking for inspiration and something to photograph. Some of his photographs appear on the national and regional BBC weather broadcasts under his BBC WeatherWatcher nickname of Snapper Simon. (For those of you who don’t know, they get a lot of weather in Shropshire.)
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