Lucy is a dedicated carer in a nursing home. But she spends her spare time walking her beloved dog Morsel and keeping notes about her fellow villagers…
The Ultimate Village Game is quite atmospheric with elements of mystery.
The title refers to an annual treasure hunt in the village but also implies that someone is playing games or is not who they seem. Lucy has an agenda which she hints at frequently. This raises our interest as she seems like such a nice person but obviously has some hidden secret.
We get to know Lucy’s character so well through the use of first person narrative, yet we are kept in the dark about her true motives until later in the book. The other characters are well written which really brought the village to life.
There is a wonderful mix of gentle humour and underlying sadness in the tone of the writing. The setting of the care home creates the opportunity for lovely interactions, meanwhile Lucy befriends a girl who is desperate for attention she doesn’t get from her mother.
The mystery element is needed as the pace is quite slow, firmly establishing the characters and giving us Lucy’s opinion of them via her notes. I was intrigued as to Lucy’s motives behind her behaviour as well as how the other characters’ actions fit into the mystery as it unfolds.
The Ultimate Village Game is an entertaining mystery with an engaging lead character.
The Ultimate Village Game
Riddled with guilt and tormented by desire, Lucy Short keeps notes about newcomers to the village, but why? The misfit with the rescue dog has a mysterious past. She’s been biding her time, plotting and scheming, and now she’s determined to get what she deserves. It won’t be straight forward. Someone is sure to be watching her every move, and there seems to be something more sinister going on.
Mr. Lester Senior is dead. The family is in turmoil. The future of the famous village treasure hunt is in doubt, but for Lucy a new world beckons. She must stick to her task. The rewards could be huge, but will there also be a price to pay?