Today it’s Publication Day for The Merry Month of Murder by Nicola Slade.
About the Author
Nicola Slade is an award-winning, bestselling author of historical and contemporary mysteries and romantic fiction, all set in and around Winchester and Romsey in Hampshire – which is where she lives. The House at Ladywell – a contemporary romantic novel with historical echoes – won the International Chatelaine Grand Prize for Romantic Fiction at the CIBA awards in April 2019.
She is the author of the mid-Victorian Charlotte Richmond mysteries and the contemporary Harriet Quigley mysteries. The Convalescent Corpse, published November 2018, an Amazon best-seller, the first in a new series, The Fyttleton Mysteries, set in 1918.
The Merry Month of Murder, the second book in The Fyttleton Mysteries – Published 10th September 2020
About the book
It was teatime on Tuesday, and nobody had died yet…
May 1918 – In a world where the men are at war and the women keep the home fires burning, Christabel Fyttleton is faced with domestic crises involving lodgers, rationing, maypole dancers and Kaiser Bill (don’t ask!) – as well as her most daunting challenge ever.
Not only that! There’s a sudden death – again – as though she hasn’t enough to cope with already. But is it murder, misadventure, or merely misfortune?
Although this is described as a cosy murder mystery series I think it wanders more into realms of family dynamics. A light-hearted family saga that is cemented by the historical settings and the surroundings. The murder aspect becomes almost secondary to the emotional and often witty moments between the characters.
Even the characters themselves are in on the game when it comes to dealing with the tough as it is thrown at them and trying to make light of the repercussions of the war. What good is drowning in despair when life has to go on? The Fyttleton women have a whole box full of escapades and I particularly like the ironic tone the story is infused with.
Slade combines the serious and often desperate times experienced by those left behind, stoking the home fires as they say, whilst loved ones were fighting for their country overseas. She takes the moments of desperation and turns them into moments of laughter. The reader can smile and forget the serious side of their situation for just a second. The end of the war is near and yet the losses, the devastation and aftermath of the war, are leaving a trail that will touch everyone in some way or the other.
It’s a cosy family mystery series that will appeal to readers who like their murder light and humorous. The author also delivers some more serious historical aspects of the story, which is what probably gives it the in-between genre feel. Let’s see what the Fyttleton women fall into next – they sure do have an affinity for finding bodies and crime everywhere.