‘A sparklingly delicious confection to satisfy the mystery reader’s appetite’ Helena Dixon, bestselling author of the Miss Underhay Mysteries
Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is back!
When popular TV baking contest and national institution ‘The Best of British Baking Roadshow’ rolls into town and sets up camp in the grounds of Boskern House, a historic stately home near Penstowan, former police officer Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker finds herself competing to represent Cornwall in the grand final.
But with a fellow contestant who will stop at nothing to win and a drag queen host with secrets of their own, Jodie discovers that the roadshow doesn’t just have the ingredients for the perfect showstopper cake, but also for the perfect murder…
And when a body is found in the grounds of the house, Jodie is drawn into another high-stakes case along with local DCI Nathan Withers.
Can Jodie expose the culprit? Or will the murderer become the real showstopper?
What readers are saying:
‘Come for the sleuthing, stay for the fun! Can hardly wait for the next one!’ Jan, 5 star NetGalley reader review
‘Fiona Leitch is a delight’ Elle, 5 star NetGalley reader review
‘Another fantastic addition to my favorite series!’ Rekha, 5 star NetGalley reader review
‘5 WELL DESERVED STARS! You will want to read this in one sitting because you are on the edge of your seat the entire time… I was mad at life getting in the way!’ Michelle, 5 star NetGalley reader review
‘I am a big fan of Nosey Parker and her awesome family… It’s a ball to read and I couldn't put it down!’ Jaimee, 5 star NetGalley reader review
‘This is a fun series smothered in good humour, some of it witty and some the belly laugh kind. Jodie is a terrific character’ Bridget, 5 star NetGalley reader review
‘I don’t think cozy crime can get cozier than this!’ P, 5 star NetGalley reader review
‘I read it as a standalone and found it just as enjoyable… I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an amusing well-written cozy crime novel’ Eli, 5 star NetGalley reader review
About the author
Fiona Leitch is a novelist and screenwriter with a chequered past. She’s written for footballing and motoring magazines, childbirth videos and mail order catalogues; DJ’ed at illegal raves in London, been told off by a children's TV presenter during a studio debate; and was the Australasian face of a series of TV commercials for a cleaning product. All of which has given her a thorough grounding in the ridiculous, and helped her to write funny stuff. She writes the Jodie 'Nosey' Parker series for HarperCollins because she loves thinking about Cornwall, food, and murdering people (but not necessarily in that order).
With a surname of Parker, Josie is inevitable called Nosey, she certainly lives up to her nickname. Josie, ex-police officer now chef, is chosen to compete in a TV reality baking contest, facing other contestants who intend winning by any means: cheating, sabotage – or murder?
When the body of a man from the production company is discovered on the film site, Josie finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation. She tries to concentrate on her daily baking challenges but the lure of investigating is too strong to resist. Written from Josie's POV, the book contains sparkling dialogue between the characters, Josie's commentary and her own ironic thoughts were frequently hilarious. Plenty of false trails to challenge the reader's attempt to identify 'who done it'.
5th book in the series, each is standalone. It didn't matter to me that I'd not read the previous four (I will) each character is clearly introduced.
The recipe for Josie's show stopping fruit cake is at the end of the book, don't miss it.