Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Death at the Lychgate by T. A. Belshaw as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Zoé at Zooloo’s Book Tours and to Spellbound Books for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
AMY ROWLINGS RETURNS!
Sunday morning, and the body of Reverend Villiers has been found propped up on the vigil seat in the church’s lychgate. It appears that he has been poisoned.
When amateur sleuth and regular churchgoer, Amy Rowlings arrives she finds DI Bodkin already at the scene. Bodkin tells her about a cryptic scripture reference that has been scrawled in chalk on the stone slabs beneath the body. What the citation hints at, shocks everyone.
Amy, a huge Agatha Christie fan is determined to get involved in the investigation and despite a stern warning from the detective’s boss, Amy and Bodkin team up again to try to solve the most complex murder case he has ever been involved in. When the toxicology report comes back from the lab, the results only add to the mystery.
Meanwhile, Amy looks to her favourite Agatha Christie character, Hercule Poirot for help, and using his techniques, she narrows down the list of possible murderers to just nine suspects.
Can Amy fit together the jigsaw of clues to solve this, the most complex of cases?
It was really great to be back with Amy and Bodkin. It felt like I was catching up with old friends along with going on a twisty journey as they investigate a death at the local church. Amy is as determined as ever and she has such a great spirit. Then pair her with Bodkin and you get a really engaging set of characters. Definitely ones you will root for! This book is part of a series but I do think it can work as a standalone. However to get a better insight into the characters and their dynamics I do recommend starting with Murder at the Mill.
I have to say I really enjoyed trying to figure it all out. There were red herrings, misdirections and quite a few suspects to keep me guessing. Let’s just say I was thoroughly entertained. The plot moves at a good pace and I was happy with how well all the characters fit into the storyline. From familiar faces to new ones that sparked my suspicions. I really enjoy the setting of a small village. The kind where everyone knows each other’s business. It adds a layer where I feel like I’m a part of the story and the lives of the people living in village.
Death at the Lychgate is a twisty cosy crime with both intriguing and likeable characters!
T A Belshaw is from Derbyshire in the United Kingdom where he shares a house with his chatty rescue cat, Mia. He writes for both children and adults. A former miner and computer technician, Trevor studied Advanced Creative Writing at the Open University. He is the author of Tracy’s Hot Mail, Tracy’s Celebrity Hot Mail and the noir, suspense novella, Out of Control. Following the sudden death of his wife in 2015 Trevor took a five-year break from writing, returning during lockdown in 2020, when an injury forced him to take time off work. The result of this new creative burst was the Dual Timeline, Family Saga, Unspoken and the Historical Cosy Crime Whodunnit, Murder at the Mill.
Trevor signed his first contract with Spellbound Books Ltd in April 2021. He signed a further mullti-book contract with them in the spring of 2022.
His short stories have been published in various anthologies including 100 Stories for Haiti, 50 Stories for Pakistan, Another Haircut, Shambelurkling and Other Stories, Deck the Halls, 100 Stories for Queensland and The Cafe Lit anthology 2011, 2012 and 2013. He also has two pieces in Shambelurklers Return. 2014
Trevor is also the author of 15 children’s adventure books written under the name of Trevor Forest.
His children’s poem, Clicking Gran, was long listed for the Plough prize (children’s section) in 2009 and his short poem, My Mistake, was rated Highly Commended and published in an anthology of the best entries in the Farringdon Poetry Competition.
Trevor’s articles have been published in magazines as diverse as Ireland’s Own, The Best of British and First Edition.
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