Cherringham: Murder on Thames

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Cherringham is a quiet and peaceful town in the Cotswolds. Time moves slowly here, and nothing out of the ordinary ever happens, until one morning a woman’s body is discovered in the river. Sarah Edwards has just returned to Cherringham with her two children following the breakdown of her marriage. Sarah had been friends with Sammi Jackson – the woman in the river –before they both moved to London and she’s certain there is more to her death than meets the eye. But juggling the school run and her job as a web designer doesn’t leave much time to solve murder mysteries.

After the death of his wife, former NYPD homicide detective Jack Brennan has retired to Cherringham hoping for a quiet life. He soon realises “peace and quiet” isn’t really him and, despite his misgivings, he’s persuaded by Sarah to help her look into Sammi’s death. It quickly becomes clear that the case isn’t as simple as the police hope. From her violent ex-boyfriend to her alcoholic father, it seems everyone has something to hide. Sarah and Jack will need to use all their wits to get to the bottom of this case.

“Cherringham – A Cozy Crime Series” is a series of twelve self-contained episodes. A new case for Jack and Sarah is released each month.

My opinion: Now I love a cosy mystery. My greatest pleasures in life include Midsomer Murders and Agatha Raisin mysteries. So, when I saw this book on Netgalley, I  was very intrigued and just knew I had to give it a try.

Cherringham is a sleepy and fairly boring town in the Cotswolds where nothing out of the ordinary seems to happen. Until a body is discovered in the river, and despite the best efforts of the police to make it look like an accident, the facts just don’t seem to be adding up. Enter Sarah, former friend of the woman found in the river and local business woman. Sarah has recently returned to Cherringham from the bright lights of London following the break up of her marriage. She crosses paths with Jack, former NYPD detective, and together they start to put the pieces together to find out what really happened to the woman in the river.

I’m going to be honest and say that I was a little dubious about this book. Although I love cosy mysteries and was intrigued by this one, I have generally found that a lot of books let me down by being too fluffy or farcical. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It grabbed my attention, had a good story and amount of detail without being too gory, and as it was a short story I devoured it in one sitting out in my sunny back garden!

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Agatha Raisin and Midsomer, and will certainly keep an eye out for more in the series. A great quick read that still has some substance without the blood and guts!

My rating: Four stars

I was provided with a review copy of the book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review