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November 13, 2016

DEATH AT THE CAFE by Alison Golden

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A Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery
Book One
Alison Golden


A brand new female vicar. An accident-prone nun. Two friends. Two killings.

Annabelle and Mary are best friends. But when one gets framed for murder, can the other one save her?
Assigned to St. Clement's Church in an inner-city borough just outside Hackney in London, Reverend Annabelle Dixon brings an enthusiasm and drive to her clerical position that baffles her mentor, Father John, but which soon gains her fans and admiration.
Annabelle is not your typical vicar, but her strengths prove to serve her, and those around her, very well. When she plans to meet her longtime friend, Sister Mary, a Catholic nun visiting from West Africa, at a local café, little does she know that she will soon find herself embroiled in a mystery of deadly design. Their meeting place is awash with horror, with Sister Mary standing in the middle, shaking, her hand over her mouth and a dead woman at her feet.
Armed only with a note, a disappearing dart, vague hints, and a love of cake, this quick-thinking, quick-footed holy woman must gather the clues, pacify a detective, and find the real perpetrator before both she and her friend wind up in jail.
Part Sherlock, part Father Dowling, Annabelle is a new kind of detective – one who sees the truth in the most unlikely places. If you love solving puzzles, then this suspense-filled, endearing, cozy mystery is just for you. Enjoy following our amateur sleuth as she careers around London. It will have you guessing until the very end!

Included in this book are recipes for:

  • Cherishable Cherry Blossom Cupcakes
  • Cherubic Chocolate Caramel Bars
  • Jubilicious Jam Turnovers
  • Teresa's Surprise Cake

  • Interview with the Creator of the Series

    Q – So, what makes the Reverend Annabelle Dixon series special?
    A – Annabelle. When I set out to write these books, I wanted to create a series that featured a heart-warming, smart, sometimes ditzy, ultimately good protagonist that we all undisputedly adore. It is Annabelle – her humanity, her empathy, her big heart – who makes the series so special. With her sometimes partner, sometimes antagonist, Inspector Mike Nicholls, they create some fun and drama as the small town mysteries unfold with humor and intrigue.
    If you enjoy the TV series, The Vicar of Dibley, Miranda, or Midsomer Murders, I think you will enjoy the Reverend Annabelle cozy mysteries.
    Q – In what order should I read the books?
    A – The Reverend Annabelle Dixon cozy mysteries can be read, and enjoyed, in any order. The prequel, Death at the Café is set in London and takes place a few years before the rest in the series.
    If you do want to read them in order, I'd suggest the following sequence:
  • Death at the Café (prequel)
  • Murder at the Mansion
  • Body in the Woods (coming soon)

  • Q – Why should readers give these books a try?
    A – Because the Reverend Annabelle series is a gentle, but colorful romp through the beautiful English countryside in a place that is picturesque and peaceful on the outside but one filled with amoral and snobbish eccentrics with all kinds of vices on the inside.
    Annabelle is a fun, uncomplicated character who is soulful, devout, smart, and funny with penchant for cake. Both Jamie and I feature many English countryside rituals, institutions and customs in these stories.
    Ultimately, readers who enjoy gentle pacing with a plot that twists and turns, features much fun, drama, quintessential Britishness, and small town murder, will get a kick out of this series. It will make you laugh and you will, I hope, become invested in the characters, rooting for them to come out on top.

    • Series: A Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery
    • Paperback: 178 pages
    • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 31, 2015)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1517022169
    • ISBN-13: 978-1517022167

    Alison Golden

    Alison Golden was born and raised in Bedfordshire, England. She writes cozy mysteries and suspense novels, along with the occasional witty blog post, all of which are designed to entertain, amuse, and calm. Her approach is to combine creative ideas with excellent writing and edit, edit, edit.

    Alison is the creator of the Reverend Annabelle Dixon cozy mysteries, a charming, fun series featuring a female vicar ministering in the beautiful county of Cornwall, England. She also produces a Jersey-based detective series featuring Inspector David Graham and the Diana Hunter series, set in Vancouver.

    Her books' themes range from the humorous and sweet to harder hitting suspense. They are recommended for readers who like to relax and unwind with their books, who enjoy getting to know the characters, and who prefer the tougher side of life implied.

    Alison is based in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and twin sons. She splits her time traveling between London and San Francisco.

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    This book, book one of the series, can be read as a stand alone or in order of the series.  It is such fun and exciting to read.  Reverend Annabelle and Sister Mary, who is a Catholic nun form West Africa. are such characters, and I mean "characters."  Annabelle is a food lover, often with an obsession.  Then we have Sister Mary who is very accident prone so she is called "Accident Sister".  This takes place in the village of Upton St. Mary.   This is a tough setting but Annabelle is sure she can handle it.  She's bound and determined to change things around in this tough town. Annabelle is a go with it person and is funny and awkward at times.  But being the vicar she is very smart and cares so much for everyone. 
    The two hadn't seen each other for a while so decided to meet up at a little cafe in town.   What happened then changed things.  A woman has been killed and they walk in on her dead body. Somehow Sister Mary has a habit of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. This is a clean,  fun loving book. No violence or evil except maybe people dying for no real reason.   I did like that religion wasn't shoved at the reader, even though the characters are in the religious realm.
    I found it was very easy to realize who was committing the murders but it was fun reading how the characters figured it out.
    One possibility, which Detective Inspector Cutcliffe thinks is that Mary and Annabelle have something to do with the murders.  He even feels strongly enough to hold them in protective custody. Now they have to convince Cutcliffe to let them go so they can figure out who really is killing these people.  
    The author gives such good descriptions of the characters that you can picture Annabelle and Mary like they were standing next to you.  The details aren't  drawn out so that you get tired of  too many words. You'll find yourself smiling and even laughing as you turn the pages and read about the escapades of these two women.  You won't get bored at all.  I also found the recipes at the end of the book a delight.  You can almost imagine these dishes being made at the cafe.
    So if you are a cozy mystery lover, join in the group and read this book as a starter.  You will find it has a steady pace, fun characters and twists and turns to keep your attention.
    Can't wait to read book two.
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Cozy Mysteries Insiders and voluntarily decided to review it.

    I would give this book 5 STARS.


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