The Puccini Connection A Milkwood Murder Book 1 by Sam Bond Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
An idyllic English village, a lovable heroine, and a Puccini-inspired murder. Who knew opera could be so deadly?
British expat, Josie Monroe, returns to the idyllic village of Milkwood and finds herself chief suspect in a family murder. Surrounded by cricket greens, duck ponds and lies, Josie must discover the culprit if she wishes to return to the US and Lady Belle DeCorcy is just the pal to help her.
Josie is a down-to-earth, classical music-loving pianist. Belle is a flighty, beautiful and slightly unhinged debutante, making the two amateur sleuths an unlikely and comically inept, team. As if Josie doesn’t have enough problems, she is also dealing with the “Witches of Milkwood,” an elderly trio convinced that Josie is the murderer and that Belle is one sandwich short of a picnic.
Living with a cantankerous cat named Elgar and her aunt’s handsome, but seemingly untrustworthy, lodger, Josie is also coming to terms with resurging feelings for her childhood sweetheart, Detective Inspector Adam Ward. Luckily, tea and tenacity will see her through, even if every time Josie hears Puccini she risks discovering another body.
The Puccini Connection is a cozy English murder mystery with a classical music-loving amateur female sleuth in a picturesque English village with quirky, lovable characters and an extremely grumpy cat. No cliffhangers, gore, graphic violence, sex or overtly strong language.
I took a deep breath. I could do this. I had done it a hundred times before. Okay, a couple of decades had passed since I’d last crossed the river, but it had never been difficult. I tottered down the bank, steeled myself and took a flying leap, landing perfectly on the nearest stone. I recovered my balance and prepared to take a second.
I swear I would have made it if it hadn’t been for someone calling my name, me looking up and my ankle turning, plummeting my body into the ice-cold water.
“Cluck a duck!” I spluttered, sinking to my knees.
I heard a sound and looked up. Adam stood on the far bank, doing a really bad job of trying not to laugh. Jeepers, I hated men. I made the mistake of trying to get back onto the rock, slipped and went belly first in the stream. You had to be freaking kidding me. Now I was wet from the waist down.
“Do you need help?”
I’m not proud of it, but I think I growled. I pulled myself to a standing position and decided to abandon the dry route. I was already as wet as a whale, I might as well wade across the river bed rather than risk another plunge. It was harder than it sounded. My sneakers were waterlogged and squidgy, and a sudden cool breeze caused me to break into goosebumps.
Finally, I reached the bank. I ignored the outstretched hand and hauled myself to shore. I made it as far as the grass before collapsing. I was wet, I was cold and I was humiliated. Could life get any worse?
“If you say a word, I’m going to hit you,” I said, not looking up. “I don’t care if I get done for assaulting a policeman. It’ll be worth it.”
Adam leaned over and put something warm around my shoulders. “Not a word.”
The Unread Prophecy A Milkwood Murder Book 2
It’s summer in Milkwood and life for piano-playing expat, Josie Monroe, is one picnic away from perfect.
When Josie’s newly discovered aunt is asked to participate at a local writing conference, Daisy jumps at the chance and ropes Josie in to help. A day in the idyllic Surrey countryside learning about love potions, lock picking and poisons — what could possibly go wrong?
However, when a bizarre murder occurs, events are set in motion that look likely to destroy the happiness of Josie’s new best friend, Belle DeCorcy.
Josie once again finds herself wellyboot deep in murder, mayhem and Maltesers. With Belle’s sanity hanging by the proverbial thread, Josie must discover the killer--or risk losing her best friend.
Join Josie, Belle, Daisy and the rest of the villagers of Milkwood for a romp through the British countryside in this delightful sequel toThe Puccini Connection.
Set amongst the picturesque villages of Surrey,The Unread Prophecyis a cozy murder mystery featuring a classical music-loving amateur female sleuth, quirky, lovable characters, and the world’s grumpiest cat. No cliffhangers, gore, graphic violence, or overtly strong language.
Eunice followed my gaze. “Meat fuel’s the blood,” she added, grasping a deadly-looking carving knife from the table and spinning it like a majorette in a baton twirling competition.
“So, Ms Perkins—”
“Perkins was my maiden name,” said Eunice, with a scowl. “Maiden! So antiquated, so patriarchal, do you not think?”
We all stood around and thought about this for a second.
“I go by the goodly name of Mountjoy,” Eunice continued.
“Is your husband with you?” I asked, interested to see what type of husband Eunice had managed to snag. Warlock? Wizard? Public accountant?
“He is betwixt this world.” A smile coursed Eunice’s lips. “I poisoned him!”
“Oh, don’t be silly, Eunice,” said Mabel Jane, rescuing the knife and returning it to the table. “He got gastroenteritis eating snails in Marbella and died of complications.”
Sam Bond is the best-selling, award-winning author of The Cousins In Action series for middle grade readers and The Puccini Connection, the first book in the upcoming Milkwood Murder series.
Sam was raised in a small village in England before moving to the States twenty-five years ago. When not writing you can find Sam behind the lens of a camera, playing Chopin, or reading one of the many books suggested by the three book clubs she runs. Sam has also been known to make a half-decent shepherd's pie and lives in Austin, Texas with her two daughters and a dog named Sausage.