Review & Giveaway: Meddling With Murder by Ellie Campbell
Meddling With Murder by Ellie Campbell
Genre – Cozy Mystery
Date of Release 9th April 2016
Number of Pages 300
Crouch End Confidential, the agency started by housewife and mother, Cathy O’Farrell, with ex-cleaner, Pimple is failing badly. Hardly surprising when Cathy’s too soft-hearted to charge their only clients, little old ladies seeking lost pets and a school kid searching for his stolen bike.
A new case involving a teenager in possession of an unexplained Glock pistol promises to change all that. Quickly Cathy’s deep in waters over her head, forced with hilarious results to pose as a mathematics tutor, a subject of which she’s truly clueless. There’s also the tricky situation of best friend and new mother Rosa hiring her to investigate her fiancé, Alec, plus the mysterious sabotage of Cathy’s friends’ cycle shop and a gang of yobbos dealing drugs at her children’s primary school.
Worst of all, an ill-fated trip to rural Norfolk has Cathy’s husband, Declan, intent on buying a post office and transplanting the family to safer climes, threatening to tear Cathy permanently from her beloved North London home.
Pretty soon Cathy’s risking her friendships, her marriage and even her life untangling all these messes. But that’s what you get for meddling in murder…
It's a fast-paced mystery, full of humor with really amazing and funny characters. The storyline is very intriguing with various mysteries to solve. Cathy and her friend and former cleaning lady Pimple are trying to run their new business but the success is scarce. They have opened a kind of private detective agency but cases they face are just old ladies who have lost their dogs. Something seems to change when her friend asks her to investigate her husband and when they start to deal with strange theft of expensive bicycles. Cathy also has to juggle her life as a housewife and mother of two children and try to persuade her husband not to drag her to live in a remote country town and leave their beloved home in London. The plot is well developed and flowing and keeps you glued to the pages. I have not read anything by these two sisters but I'm looking forward to reading something else soon, I like their style full of irony. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a riveting and full of humor story.
About The Author –
Ellie Campbell is a pseudonym for sister writing team, Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell. Running wild as tomboys in Scotland, playing imagination games, they couldn’t dream that one day they’d co-author novels despite an ocean between them. From boring clerical jobs in London to a varied life of backpacking and adventure travel, both started almost accidentally as short story writers, Lorraine when working in publishing, Pam as a fun hobby while an at-home mother of three.
By the time each had 70 short stories published internationally, Pam was settled in Surrey, England, and Lorraine had finally taken root in Boulder, Colorado. Long telephone chats about life and fiction led to their current collaboration. They have produced five acclaimed novels – How To Survive Your Sisters, When Good Friends Go Bad, Looking For La La, To Catch A Creeper and Million Dollar Question. They write contemporary women’s fiction laced with humour, romance, and mystery.
When not hunched over computers, Lorraine, a certified ROTH ‘horse whisperer’, can usually be found messing about with her four rescue horses and Pam on a fund raising bike ride, madly cycling over mountains to Paris, Barcelona or Gibraltar on the back of her husband’s bone-shaking tandem.