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August 28, 2021

Murder in the Village by Lisa Cutts ~ an Audiobook Review

by Donna Huber

I've been hoping to try one of Bookouture's audiobooks and since I love all of their cozy mysteries, I was thrilled to see a cozy mystery audiobook available via Netgalley. I listen to a lot of cozy mysteries as they are usually pretty easy to follow even when I'm somewhat distracted by other tasks. Plus they are entertaining when I'm doing boring stuff like washing dishes.

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Murder in the Village
August 2021; Bookouture; 978-1800197336
audio (7h40m), ebook, print; cozy mystery

Lisa Cutts is a new-to-me author and Murder in the Village looks to be her first cozy mystery. She has another mystery/suspense series, DB Nina Foster, and a few standalone mystery/suspense novels.

Belinda Penshurst is a forty-something investor who lives in the family manor in the small British village of Chalham. When the body of a local pub owner is found in the barrel of old ale, she decides to become an amateur sleuth - even though her friend, a retired police detective, Harry Powell reminds her she has no idea how to be a detective. When dogs start going missing, Harry, who now is a dog food deliverer and loves dogs, helps Belinda get to the bottom of the case.

Most of the story is focused on the missing dogs which makes for a nice change in the cozy mystery genre.

I liked both Belinda and Harry and I think they work well together. I look forward to future books featuring this pair. In some ways, Murder in the Village reminded me of MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. 

National Dog Day was just this past Thursday, and the book does have some cute dogs. With Harry working for a dog food delivery company I'm sure we will see dogs in future books in this series. Cozy mysteries are about the only books that I will read that have animals in them as they usually provide comedic relief rather than tugging at the heartstrings. Even with the dognapping plot, you don't have to worry about having tissues while reading.

The audiobook was well-done. I didn't have any problem figuring out which character was which. Lucy Paterson does a fine job giving voice to the characters.

If you are looking for a new cozy mystery series and want to start at the beginning, then be sure to pick up this book.

Buy Murder in the Village at Amazon
(the ebook is a free read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers)

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour

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