Josie Welford desperately hopes for a fresh start. Widow to one of Britain's most wanted criminals, she begins a new venture as the licensee of the local pub in Kings Duncombe, and soon becomes a thriving member of the community. That is until Inspector Nick Thomas, the man who put her husband in jail, appears on the scene. Now an inspector for the Food Standards Agency, he advises Josie to change from her local suppliers. How could Josie ever have foreseen the terrible consequences of this simple decision? Very soon she finds herself an outcast once more, ostracised by her erstwhile friendly neighbours. Even her employees are being warned off. Her hopes of a new life in tatters, she hears that the local vet has disappeared. Could the two things be connected? And why does everybody act as though they have a secret to hide? Bringing a reluctant Nick on to the case, Josie prepares to investigate.
|Publisher:||Allison & Busby, Limited|
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
JUDITH CUTLER began writing at an early age, and after studying English Literature she worked as a teacher in Birmingham for many years. Her career as a writer began in earnest whilst recovering from chickenpox and her short stories have been widely published in magazines, anthologies and read on radio. She is the author of two series set in the Birmingham area featuring Detective Kate Power and teacher and amateur sleuth Sophie Rivers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a detective story set in a modern English village with a dislike of incomers. There's skullduggery afoot over illicit meat suppliers and a mysteriously missing vet. Our heroine is a good hearted and acerbic publican, formerly of the big brassy blonde style but now assiduously weight watching her way down. She's the widow of a notorious criminal, and don't ask where the money came for her to open her new country gastropub...It's a good fun bit of light reading, not too cosy and twee, but still a long way from hard boiled. This is my first book by this author. She has another detective series, which I am now inclined to look out for in the second hand and remainder bins.
Protagonist: Josie WelfordSetting: present-day EnglandSeries #1When Josie Welford settles in an idyllic West Country village she honestly believes she can bury her past. She becomes the owner of the local pub, and becomes a thriving and welcome member of the community. That is until Inspector Nick Thomas, the man who put her husband in jail appears on the scene. But Nick has a new agenda and is no longer after Josie. In his new position as inspector for the Food Standards Agency, he convinces Josie to change her local suppliers, a far from popular move in the close-knit community. Almost immediately she finds herself ostracized. When the village vet disappears without a trace, Josie begins to wonder what the village and its erstwhile friendly occupants are hiding? Reluctantly, she finds herself having to turn to Nick in order to get to the bottom of the mystery.Fifty-something Brummie Josie is a hoot. I loved her. Funny, down to earth, warm-hearted, practical, she's got a different spin on life. Well, if I'd been the child bride of a well-known Birmingham gangster who spent the last twenty-five years of our thirty-year marriage behind bars, I'd probably have a different spin on life, too. The mystery was a bit too easy to solve, but the ride was more than worth it. I hope Cutler continues with this character. Josie has a lot more to say!
A fun, joyous, mindless romp through the Wessex countryside with Mrs Josie Whetford, a pub owner who wishes to convert her country pub into a gourmet restaurant to appeal to the trail walkers and tourists in her tiny wee village. However, not all is golden in this idyllic English countryside. What is going on with the meat packing houses and why are people disappearing. And why did the policeman who put away her husband in jail for life show up.This delightful book is like a decadent dessert.