Morwenna Mutton discovers a seriously injured man at her daughter’s engagement party. He dies and she finds herself under suspicion so decides to find the real killer…
Foul Play at Seal Bay is the first book in a new cosy murder mystery series set in Cornwall.
Morwenna is at a crossroads, considering the past and future. Her marriage broke down but she is still friends with her ex. She has a couple of part time jobs and supports the family tearoom. She often cares for her granddaughter and offers support to her daughter Tam and mother Lamorna. A local businessman offers to buy the tearoom but is then found fatally injured at a party. Morwenna needs to prove her own innocence and that of her family but this puts her in danger and she is warned off by the killer.
Morwenna’s character is fab. She has some insecurities and vulnerabilities but is also a force of nature. She is devoted to her family and I was keen that she reconnect with her ex Ruan as I felt that they had forgotten to focus on themselves as a couple but never fell out of love. I really enjoyed the use of Cornish words to evoke the accent and people of the region.
There is only one death which is not graphically described. However, there are other violent attacks and warning notes to try to prevent Morwenna fining the truth. I did actually manage to guess the identity of the killer although I did briefly change my mind around two thirds of the way through before being convinced again of a certain person’s lies.
Foul Play at Seal Bay is a solid start to a new series and I hope to catch up with Morwenna in the future.
Foul Play at Seal Bay
It was meant to be the start of quiet season in the sleepy Cornish village of Seal Bay, but not for sexagenarian librarian and wild swimming enthusiast Morwenna Mutton. Because when a local businessman is found on the beach with a bread knife is his back, bungling police officer DI Rick Tremayne is soon out of his depth. Morwenna knows it’s going to be down to her to crack the case.
The list of people the victim upset is long, the evidence is slight, and an arrest illusive. Morwenna has plenty to occupy her time what with ghostly goings-on at the library and skullduggery at her granddaughter’s school, but she could never resist a challenge. And even the most ruthless of murderers should quake at the sight of this amateur sleuth getting on her bike to track them down.
If you love Miss Marple and The Thursday Murder Club, then you’ll love The Morwenna Mutton mysteries.
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Author Bio –
Judy Leigh is the USA Today bestselling author of The Old Girls’ Network and Five French Hens and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.