Downward Facing Death is one of those charming British “cozy” murder mysteries that takes place in a small town and involves eccentric characters that seem familiar and comfortable.
Keeley Carpenter returns to her hometown of Belfrey after traveling the world with the intention of opening a vegetarian Yoga Café and teaching yoga classes to the local folks. Instead of a hearty welcome from old friends she not only finds that her father’s old butcher shop that she plans to convert into her new café and studio has been burned by an arsonist but the dead body of a local ne’er do well is found in the in the ruins.
The story is nicely paced and includes a bit of romance, old grudges, curmudgeonly elders, an endearing pooch, leftover insecurities of youth, misunderstandings and plenty of tea brewing.
This is one of those feel good mysteries that go well with an afternoon in front of the fire in an oversized chair and a nice cup of herbal tea.
This book will be published January 19, 2016 by St. Martin's Press.
I had the good fortune to be given the opportunity to read the galley before publication through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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