Banana Devil Cake by Susan A. King

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With the murder of last year’s fête judge now but a hazy memory, the village of Elmesbury has retired to its former tranquil existence. That is, until a mysterious newcomer sets in motion a series of events that will see members of the W.I. crossing wooden spoons at dawn.

In the midst of preparing for her long-awaited engagement party, redoubtable village busybody Beattie Bramshaw not only finds herself embroiled in a one-woman campaign to save the elm tree from which the village gets its name, but having to contend with an outbreak of unrest within her beloved W.I. group. Rivalry to win favour with the judge of this year’s fête has fuelled dissent within the ranks and, when two members are found dead in mysterious circumstances, suspicions run rife.

Confident the devil is not only in the cake but in the detail, Beattie determines to uncover the clues that will ultimately lead to the killer’s conviction. But can she solve the mystery before another member of the W.I. is picked off?

Banana Devil Cake is a comedy crime caper in the spirit of Agatha Raisin and one that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. Prepare yourself for a tale of tea, cake and riotous goings-on from the author of Marrow Jam.


Gripping and addictive 
Beattie is force in her community of Elmesbury and having helped the police arrest a murderer the previous year it seems like someone is again picking off members of the local WI 
This book is set from so many different points of view that at times it was hard to keep up but the main one is Beattie. She is passionate in what she believes in and will support those around her especially when they are in need. She may be seen as the village busybody but it allows her to see things in a way that no one else does
This book caught my attention right from the opening paragraph and it didn’t disappoint, to the extent that I read it in 2 sittings, only stopping because I had to sleep. The characters are a huge part of it but also the situation they find themselves at times seem so bizarre that it captivated you 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a “cosy” murder mystery and for fans of Miss Marple (someone Beattie reminded me of). It has a fabulous story that you will adore and is a definite must read
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

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Susan A. King lives with her husband in a quiet suburb in Hampshire. Between them they have four grown-up sons.

The inspiration for her Beattie Bramshaw novels comes from her long experience and observation of competitors at the local Romsey Show, where she regularly aspires to win Best in Show with her floral arrangements.

Social Media Links Twitter @SusanKing63 Insta @susan.king63

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