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July 4, 2024

Brit-Com Stars Solve Murder in New Mystery Series

by Donna Huber

In 1970, on the set of downmarket sitcom 'Floggit and Leggit', leading man Edward Lowe stumbles across the body of a woman, apparently the victim of a tragic drowning accident. But there's something about her that rings the faintest of bells in Edward's head and, convinced the woman has been murdered, he enlists the help of his co-star John le Breton to investigate further. Crossing the country and back again during gaps in filming, the two men uncover both a series of murders in the modern day, and links to another unfortunate death during the War. As the body count mounts, Edward and John face a race against time to save the innocent victims of a serial killer...

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book cover of amateur sleuth mystery novel Death at the Dress Rehearsal by Stuart Douglas
June 2024; Titan Books; 978-1803368207
ebook, print (400 pages); mystery

It seems like I'm having a summer of mystery reads, which is great because my mystery book club will be setting its calendar in a couple of months. 

Death at the Dress Rehearsal by Stuart Douglas is the first book in the new Lowe and Le Breton Mysteries.

Edward Lowe and John Le Breton are older British actors. If you are a fan of the Brit Coms that play on PBS, then you might enjoy the snippets of the show they are filming. It seemed to have a vibe similar to Are You Being Served

At first, I wasn't sure about Lowe and Le Breton being amateur sleuths. I wasn't particularly taken with their characters but as the story progressed they grew on me and I think they could become a fun crime-solving duo - in the dry British humour kind of way. 

As I had a print copy of the book, I was able to enjoy it while floating in the pool - I even bought a new float to make it easier to read in the pool. I found myself reading huge chunks of this book each weekend. It is definitely easy reading. Because I don't like to have too many lights on in the house during the summer, I don't often read print books at home so I would go all week without picking it up and still be able to pick right up with the story on the weekend. And I looked forward to reading it each weekend.

If you are looking for an uncomplicated, but entertaining read, then get this book.

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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