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Publisher's Summary

Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is.

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

Please note: This book was first published as A Fatal Fall of Snow under Faith Martin’s pen name Joyce Cato.

Jenny Starling is spending Christmas in a snowed-in country house cooking all the traditional food she loves. But the family she’s working for are not full of the seasonal spirit. In fact, they seem to hate each other.

On Christmas Eve, someone is found dead on the kitchen table. And the head of the family is blaming Jenny!

But with an incompetent detective called in, and seemingly no motive for the murder, Jenny will have to give the police a hand.

She will stop at nothing to clear her name and find the real murderer.

This is the second of a series of gripping murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final minute.

Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J. R. Ellis.

©2019 Faith Martin (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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“Classic murder mystery story with a twist at the end." (Oxford Times)

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Inaccurate Key Info = Frustrating

It wasn't bad, but a vital clue that was CENTRAL to solving the murder -and- central to an important twist in the book was... not scientifically correct. This bugged me and left me less satisfied with the book overall. Otherwise, it was an enjoyable (if predictable) lightweight read and performed well by Charlotte Worthing.

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A Superb and Satisfying Story

The main character was likeable .Her brilliant deductive skills had me cheering for her all the way through!

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A dirty kitchen floor

I have just discovered theses stories about the clever cook. Light and short, they are really enjoyable to read. A Easy read.

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  • peggyo
  • 13-12-2020

Obvious mystery

I was eager to listen to this book because it started out so well, with the setting, the season, and the premise. However, the unwinding of the murder mystery was disappointing because the outcome was so obvious. Not Agatha Christie by any stretch. A nice diversion, but ultimately, not a truly satisfying whodunit.

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  • CGY
  • 12-08-2020

Food and mystery

An interesting story even if the solution is based on a ‘clue’ that’s a bit iffy.

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  • FinnsNana
  • 18-04-2020

Clever story with great character development

I love playing sleuth as I listen. Martin develops interesting characters in service of a fascinating plot. I figured out half of the mystery about 3/4s of tge way through but I love that. I hate it when a writer throws six pieces of critical information in the last chapter. Here, I was listening with rapt attention to figure out the entire resolution. Loved it.

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  • Berryjazzy
  • 14-03-2020

Winter mystery

A lot of references to eye color have it away quite early for me!!! If you know 2 brown-eyed people cannot have a blue eyed child, it was easy! Good story!

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  • Natalie
  • 02-02-2020

Scientifically inaccurate (spoilers!)

***Spoiler alert*** Okay, this book has the big ah-ha breakthrough moment of whodunnit and why based on a scientific inaccuracy surrounding genetics and heritability. It states two brown eyed people cannot have a blue eyed child—which is 100% false! This fact is used to uncover a love child of infidelity who is the rightful heir, bla bla...so the entire storyline makes no sense. I lost respect for the author after that. This is the second book in the series I’ve listened to and am quitting. Mostly because I just don’t connect with the main character at all, plus the books are just a little joyless overall. I’m never excited to listen to them and finishing them is a bit of a chore.

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  • barbara
  • 17-01-2020

The Winter Mystery

I thoroughly enjoy the mustrry series, love the way the solving of this murder is done, while Jenny does her cooking, which can really make your mouth water! Will definitely be reading/listening to them all. The narration is excellent.

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  • Nicky W
  • 01-07-2020

Love this author

Have listened to a few stories by Faith Martin and have loved them all. Worth trying her other detective stories. Hillary Greene series and WPC Love day series

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  • viv
  • 23-12-2020

Bored

I couldn’t get into it. Comfortable murder books like this are not supposed to be fast and riveting but this was just so slow. I couldn’t develop any interest in the characters and the narration was dull.

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  • Hes
  • 29-09-2020

Easy Listening

I worked out who did it easily but a gentle cosy read very easy listening

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  • CJ
  • 03-09-2020

A solid if not spectacular follow up

I enjoyed the first of the Jenny Starling series and very quickly bought the second book. I still liked the book but for some reason didn't find it as engaging as the first. Could have been the set up, the victim and the range of suspects made a simpler mystery but it did feel the clues as to why were much much more obvious. It devalued the main character a little as it felt she should have put the pieces together much earlier. I like the set up of Jenny being a travelling cook as I think its a good way to allow a non detective to get in these types of situation. However this job didn't feel right for the character who was a top cook and could pick her jobs. My other gripe with book two is it felt much more heavy handed with saying the main character was fat but pretty. The first book painted Jenny as a beautiful woman who had a striking appearance as she was tall and not skinny. It made her come across as clever, sharp, strong and independent. This book felt like it just focused on her being surprisingly attractive as she was fat. When you set up a strong character and keep focussing on something like their weight it distracts from the Character not strengthens them. The narrator was good and the right fit for the book. All in all I liked the book and I am still invested in the character enough to get book 3. I am just less eager than after book 1. A solid book but hoping book 3 expands the character and has a more complex line up of suspects

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  • Flower fan
  • 18-04-2020

No Real Mystery

This was ok but I find it hard to believe the police were so clueless whilst the Cook almost read people’s minds. It appeared obvious who did it & the denouement was strung out so long I almost gave up. Characters a bit one dimensional- either good or bad. A tad predictable.

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  • Redgrave
  • 30-03-2020

Good story

Held interest throughout. Definitely recommend. Sad that the science aspect is not correct though. Does not spoil the denouement .

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  • Loui
  • 16-03-2020

not my cup of tea

could not finish found it uninspiring. Story dragged and did not engage me. wrong narrator

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  • Sue
  • 05-02-2020

Jenny Starling is a STAR.Excellent read.

Excellent red. Wll now listen to no 3 and other Faith Martin books READ

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-01-2020

good read

I have enjoyed this series so far this is a light form of thriller not your hard read

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  • Conor Biggs
  • 29-11-2019

Thrilling, entertaining stuff.

Well narrated. However, why is 'he was sat' considered to be correct English? Worth listening!

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