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January 2, 2024

A Body on the Doorstep by Marty Wingate ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Fiercely independent Mabel Canning can’t wait to begin working for the Useful Women’s Agency. But when she discovers a body on her client’s doorstep, it’s time to add solving murders to her job description…

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book cover of historical cozy mystery A Body on the Doorstep by Marty Wingate
January 2024; Bookouture; 978-1803149660
audio (9h 3m), ebook, print (290 pages); historical cozy mystery

I'm always up for trying a new cozy mystery series and I do really enjoy historical cozy mysteries. A Body on the Doorstep is the first book in Mary Wingate's London Ladies' Murder Club series.

I really liked the main character Mabel Canning. She reminded me a little of Jacqueline W.inspear's Maisie Dobbs. While Mabel isn't a trained investigator, she has a keen mind and good observational skills - both important attributes for solving murder. I listened to the audiobook read by Naomi Frederick. At first I thought prefers she also narrated the Maisie Dobbs series and that was why I kept picture Maisie. But it is a different narrator. I thought Frederick did a great job with the audiobook.

Since I read a lot of cozy mysteries, it is a high bar for a series to be original. While I don't mind some overlap in series, I do like there to be something unique about a series. Mabel works for the Useful Women's Agency which is a sort of a Jill of all trades type job - anything from running errands (like picking up dry cleaning) to answering correspondence to helping hang pictures to taking escorting a child to the train station. And in Mabel's case it also includes solving a murder. Instead of being employed by one family, the reader is exposed to a wide swath of London society. 

I'm not sure if this will carry over into future books, but in this book, we also get to see a bit of the entertainment scene of the 1920s. It is not something that has really been showcased in the other 1920s set English mystery series I read.

I already have book 2 on my Kindle and very much looking forward to what is next for Mabel as she formerly takes on investigative cases and heads up an investigative team at the Useful Women's Agency.

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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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