on Aug. 9, 2011 :
The 2010 World Cup is playing and twenty or so locals gather in Knavesborough village at Ye Cosy Knave to watch the match between England and Germany. During a moment of charged atmosphere, leaping out of chairs, jeering and swearing at the television, Rose Walnut-Whip, the local nosey parker, is stabbed to death with a sharp chisel. No one suspects anything until half time.
Chief Inspector Mars-Wrigley of the North Yorkshire Constabulary, self-centred and more interested in the World Cup, puts Constable Archibald Penrose in charge of the murder investigation. Young and inexperienced, he welcomes the enthusiastic assistance of his clever fiancé, Rhapsody Gershwin, to help crack his first case.
As theories and new developments abound, the policeman and amateur sleuth flush out more than a murderer, but a few local secrets and lies too.
I found this an entertaining read and chuckled throughout. It is well written and the characters are engaging. Rhapsody is strong-willed and keen as mustard, often putting herself in precarious (and hilarious) situations. Archibald is equally endearing. He cycles to work and enjoys a hearty home-cooked meal, is serious about his job and reliant on Rhapsody. The names of the characters are stellar, for example, Constables Smith, Wesson, Winchester, Remington and Enfield! There are plenty of scenes that elicit laughter, but there is a mystery to solve too, all of which keep the reader flicking back the pages.
To begin with, I lost my way with a large cast of characters, but once I hit my stride, they fell into place quite nicely. This is a cosy and charming read, so if you were looking for a break from those darker, heavier stories, I’d recommend The Cosy Knave.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Aug. 7, 2011 :
As the author knows, humorous cozies are not quite my thing, but there's a lot like about THE COSY KNAVE.
The setting is the village of Knavesborough in Yorkshire and the various matches in the Soccer World Cup are being streamed onto a big plasma screen in Ye Cosy Knave the local tea shoppe. In fact the first murder takes place while locals are watching a match, and the victim is one of the audience. England's chances are still alive at this stage and Constable Archie Penrose's superior officer is determined that nothing will spoil his viewing of future matches.
If you enjoy traditional cozy mysteries with a touch of humour then you'll enjoy this carefully crafted, imaginatively written one. There are plenty of red herrings and the names of the characters have been carefully chosen, tickling the imagination at regular intervals.The threads are all resolved at the end with great panache.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)