Grumbling guests and escaping piglets are precisely what Martha doesn’t need. She’s already struggling to run a holiday cottage and a rather large smallholding single-handedly. Since her husband Mark died, three years ago, her rural property in France, beautiful as it is, has become an increasingly heavy millstone around her neck.
So whilst she’s horrified to stumble across a corpse at the local farm supplies shop, it does at least distract her from her own woes. Best friend Lottie, the cheese to Martha’s chalk, swoops in to offer moral support, and encourages Martha to join her in some unofficial sleuthing. Meanwhile, police officer Philippe Prudhomme, a former fellow chess-player of Mark’s, undertakes a rather more professional investigation.
However, despite everyone’s efforts the killer remains at large. And when more bodies (one and a bit, to be precise) come Martha’s way, it definitely feels like he’s closing in on her…
There’s suspense, humour and excitement in this entertaining cosy mystery set in the French countryside.
Review Hate Bale by Fany Van Hemelen:
What is this a funny and cozy mystery set in rural France!
Three years ago, the dream of Martha and her husband was ruined when he died unexpectedly. Now she has to live alone at their beautiful rural property. Running a farm and a village cottage in the lovely France is not easy and she has to thrive with special guest needs and characters. Besides that Martha has to deal with technical things and taking care of the farm. When their are some dead bodies found Martha’s best and special friend Lottie is trying to convince her to dig in the mystery. Of course things are complicated when the police inspector is thinking you could be the killer.
Hate Bale is such a joy to read because it’s a cozy mystery with odd personalities, surprises and It’s filled with subtle humor. I loved the lad, who stays at the village cottage as a penalty after skipping school. The conversation between him and Martha is so lovely to read. Martha is an intriguing fifty-three years old lady with an extraordinary friend Lottie, who will make every day special. The police-inspector is determined to find the murder and the mystery is nice to unravel. The most enjoyable fact of this book is the optimism of the key players. They never give up and always try to make the best of the situation.
Hate Bale is a nice read to relax and enjoy at a rural place with vivid characters and a cozy mystery. I think you will love it! This was my first book by this author, but hopefully I will read more of her in the future.
I’m an English expat living in France, having moved here with my family in 2006 after fourteen years as an expat in Ireland. Taking on seventy-five acres with three lakes, two hovels and one cathedral-sized barn, not to mention an ever increasing menagerie of animals, has made for exciting times. The current array of creatures ranges from alpacas to zebra finches, with pretty much everything in-between! Before we came to France all we had was a dog and two chickens, so it’s been a steep learning curve.
I’m married to Chris and we have three bilingual TCKs (third culture kids) who are resilient and resourceful and generally wonderful.
I’m a traditionally-published author of many children’s books, and am now self-publishing too. As well as being an author, I’m also a part-time editor and, with Chris, manager of three carp fishing lakes. My hobbies are cycling, geocaching, knitting and sewing.
Titel: | Auteur: Stephanie Dagg| Uitgeverij: | Categorie: Kids | Uitvoering: E-book | pagina’s | ISBN13: | Verkrijgbaar sinds:|Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 17-04-2019 | Prijs: €3,49 | Bestellen