Publisher: Hawkesbury Press
Publication date: 1 April 2017
Page count: 147 pages

Publisher Synopsis

When Sophie Sayers inherits a cottage in a sleepy English Cotswold village, she’s hoping for a quieter life than the one she’s running away from. What she gets instead is a dead body on a carnival float, and an extraordinary assortment of suspects.

Is the enigmatic bookseller Hector Munro all he seems? And what about the over-friendly neighbour who brings her jars of honey? Not to mention the eccentric village shopkeeper, show committee, writers’ group and drama club, all suspiciously keen to welcome her to their midst.

For fans of cosy (cozy) mysteries everywhere, Best Murder in Show will make you laugh out loud at the idiosyncrasies of English country life, and rack your brains to discover the murderer before Sophie can.

“A cracking example of cosy crime” – Katie Fforde, internationally bestselling romantic novelist

My Chronicle Book Box Review:

This is the debut novel of Debbie Young and is a cosy crime novel full of warmth and humour. It also has the best first line I have read in quite some time:

"From where I was sitting, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard seemed remarkably clean and fragrant considering they’d just had their heads cut off."

This book was a little different to what I was expecting and all the better for it! There is no active investigating or sleuthing per say but some innate curiosity and a little paranoia that the village may be one like those in Midsomer or visited by Miss Marple, draws us neatly through events leading to the mystery being solved.

It is written from the point of view of Sophie Sayers who has inherited her Aunt May’s cottage in the Cotswold village of Wendlebury Barrow. While Sophie spent some of her childhood summers with her Aunt she has not lived in the village before. After an itinerant few years teaching English in Europe Sophie determines to set down some roots and throws herself into village life. As a result of her enthusiasm and existing connection to the village, she is welcomed wholeheartedly by its many eccentric residents and is perfectly placed to observe events and uncover the truth behind a death at the Village Show.

Debbie Young paints a picture of a wonderfully eccentric village and charming cast of characters. Carol, the owner of the alphabetical village shop, is a fabulous character and Debbie Young’s use of word play is a real treat. I was completely charmed by Sophie, Joshua and Hector and having zipped through this book, I am eagerly anticipating the sequel.

This is a great debut novel and if you like cosy mysteries then read this one as in my opinion, it is a great example and delightful variation on the theme.


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4 thoughts on “Best Murder in Show by Debbie Young

  • Hi. I like your review. I visited the Cotswold and fell in love with the entire atmosphere, and I enjoy reading cozy mysteries. Thanks for sharing this one. Just added it to my reading list on Goodreads. Appreciate it! 🙂

  • HI Louise

    Thank you so much for this kind and thoughtful review, and of course I am delighted that you enjoyed the book so much. The sequel, “Trick or Murder?”, is due out in July, and I’ll be glad to send you a complementary review copy, if you’d like one.

    In the meantime, congratulations on your beautiful book blog. Off to share your post now and drive more readers to your blog!

    With very best wishes

    Debbie Young

    • Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for commenting. You are more than welcome as I thoroughly enjoyed your book and would love a review copy of “Trick or Murder?” ?


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