New Release Book Review: Til Daph Do Us Part by Phillipa Nefri Clark

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Caravaning around the country with her husband, taking jobs as a marriage celebrant along the way sounds like a lovely way to live, I know part of me would love to be able to do that. But for Daphne and her husband John, their current stop is not looking like a very relaxing stay.

When Daph meets the bride and groom and their family, she is not too excited about working with them, but she will do her very best to give them a wedding they will remember. And it certainly is that, when not minutes after the ceremony, the new husband is found murdered in the pool.

From here on Daph and her husband become embroiled in finding out who killed the groom and why, as they uncover secrets from the families past, they find themselves in danger too. But nothing will stop Daph from finding out the truth. There were plenty of twists and turns along the way to discovering the culprit.

This was a fun read, I think if I were getting married, I’d want Daph to be my celebrant as she puts a lot of work into finding the perfect thing to say. And if anything were to go wrong, Daph would be sure to sniff out the mystery. I hope their next stop is less exciting. This is the first book in the Daphne Jones Mysteries, so I imagine Daph will have plenty of more crimes to solve.

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New Release Book Review: Digging Up Dirt by Pamela Hart

IMG_20210606_201243.jpgI thoroughly enjoyed this cosy mystery type novel, not a genre I read a lot of, I have a few favourite authors in this genre, so it was nice to add a new one to that list.

I enjoyed Poppy McGowan’s character, I liked that she didn’t have it all together and wasn’t perfect, I loved that she felt strongly about different topics and wasn’t afraid to stand up for those beliefs.

Poppy was a fun character who most people liked, but she wasn’t bothered if they didn’t, she was who she was even when being investigated for murder by the police.

There was a full cast of characters in this novel, Poppy and her crew from the ABC, her friend Annie and her ex-coworkers from the museum, including Julieanne who is found dead in her house, the members of the Australian Family Party (a party I wouldn’t vote for if you paid me, and I’m glad Poppy felt the same way), and the members of the Radiant Joy Church, (another group of people I’d have no time for), who overlap with those from the political party, (I think religion should never play a part in politics, but that will never happen).

There was plenty of humour, a dash of romance and plenty of mystery once Julieanne’s body is found in Poppy’s house. I felt for Poppy when first some old bones put her renovation of hold and then Julieanne’s death compounds that, but I liked how even though she was unhappy, she took it pretty much in her stride while doing her best to help track down the murderer and managing to get some insider scoops for the ABC on her way.

This was a fun read, which kept me completely engaged, I had my suspicions about who the murderer was, but I wasn’t 100% correct. There are a few topical issues raised along the way and I appreciated Poppy’s thought’s on these. I look forward to more Poppy McGowan mysteries in the future.

Thanks to Harlequin Australia for a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.