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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. THIS IS A BRAND NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED FAITH MARTIN BOOK. Jenny Starling is working at The Spindlewood Inn for the weekend. It’s 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. THIS IS A BRAND NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED FAITH MARTIN BOOK. Jenny Starling is working at The Spindlewood Inn for the weekend. It’s hosting a Regency Extravaganza, involving historical costume, amateur dramatics and food. Leading actress of the amateur dramatic society and reputed man-eater Rachel Norman portrays a doomed noblewoman. But when she turns up actually drowned in the pond, there’s suddenly a murder to investigate. There’s been plenty of trouble at the idyllic country inn. The performers weren’t a happy troupe, and Jenny discovers a simmering romantic tension. Who wanted Rachel dead and why? Jenny Starling is going to need all her wits to crack this complex case. This is the seventh in a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page. Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis. What readers are saying about THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY “Lots of twists to keep you reading until the end.” Judy “Highly recommended!” Anna Maria “For those who haven't read the earlier books, wherever Jenny goes, murder is sure to be on the menu!” Renee JENNY STARLING In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies. THE AUTHOR FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year. MONICA NOBLE SERIES (Vicar’s wife turned amateur sleuth!) Book 1: THE VICARAGE MURDER JENNY STARLING MYSTERIES Book 1: THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY Book 2: THE WINTER MYSTERY Book 3: THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY Book 4: THE CASTLE MYSTERY Book 5: THE OXFORD MYSTERY Book 6: THE TEATIME MYSTERY Book 7: THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY More FAITH MARTIN mysteries coming soon.


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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. THIS IS A BRAND NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED FAITH MARTIN BOOK. Jenny Starling is working at The Spindlewood Inn for the weekend. It’s 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. THIS IS A BRAND NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED FAITH MARTIN BOOK. Jenny Starling is working at The Spindlewood Inn for the weekend. It’s hosting a Regency Extravaganza, involving historical costume, amateur dramatics and food. Leading actress of the amateur dramatic society and reputed man-eater Rachel Norman portrays a doomed noblewoman. But when she turns up actually drowned in the pond, there’s suddenly a murder to investigate. There’s been plenty of trouble at the idyllic country inn. The performers weren’t a happy troupe, and Jenny discovers a simmering romantic tension. Who wanted Rachel dead and why? Jenny Starling is going to need all her wits to crack this complex case. This is the seventh in a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page. Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis. What readers are saying about THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY “Lots of twists to keep you reading until the end.” Judy “Highly recommended!” Anna Maria “For those who haven't read the earlier books, wherever Jenny goes, murder is sure to be on the menu!” Renee JENNY STARLING In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies. THE AUTHOR FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year. MONICA NOBLE SERIES (Vicar’s wife turned amateur sleuth!) Book 1: THE VICARAGE MURDER JENNY STARLING MYSTERIES Book 1: THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY Book 2: THE WINTER MYSTERY Book 3: THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY Book 4: THE CASTLE MYSTERY Book 5: THE OXFORD MYSTERY Book 6: THE TEATIME MYSTERY Book 7: THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY More FAITH MARTIN mysteries coming soon.

30 review for The Country Inn Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    First of all I must thank Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC, in exchange for an honest review. I am a fan of this author, having read all of her Ryder and Loveday (R & L) series, and quite a few of the DI Hillary Greene series. This is the first of the Jenny Starling series I have read and won't be the last. It reads as if it could be a play, as it only really has a few locations. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. I liked the character of Jenny Starling a bit of a modern day Miss Marple., First of all I must thank Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC, in exchange for an honest review. I am a fan of this author, having read all of her Ryder and Loveday (R & L) series, and quite a few of the DI Hillary Greene series. This is the first of the Jenny Starling series I have read and won't be the last. It reads as if it could be a play, as it only really has a few locations. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. I liked the character of Jenny Starling a bit of a modern day Miss Marple., At first I was struggling to identify the time period this was set in, partly because of the R & L series and coming into the series at book 7. In fact it is a bit timeless, with a quaint little village with slow pace and not that much modern police procedures. I read this book in one sitting, partly due to its pace and partly due to being relatively short (175 pages) Overall a good read and I will be reading the earlier books to catch up and look forward to the next in the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Jenny Starling, otherwise known as the traveling cook, but most notably known for her penchant to be around every time there is a murder, is hoping that this time she won't have to deal with the local police. She's working at a quaint inn just for the weekend. Not much can happen ... right? The inn is hosting a Regency Extravaganza, with guests attending in 1800s costumes, as well as actors/actresses from the Amateur Dramatic Society. The actress, Rachel Norman, is re-enacting the drowning suicide Jenny Starling, otherwise known as the traveling cook, but most notably known for her penchant to be around every time there is a murder, is hoping that this time she won't have to deal with the local police. She's working at a quaint inn just for the weekend. Not much can happen ... right? The inn is hosting a Regency Extravaganza, with guests attending in 1800s costumes, as well as actors/actresses from the Amateur Dramatic Society. The actress, Rachel Norman, is re-enacting the drowning suicide death of a noblewoman...and turns up actually dead in the pond. Rachael was not well liked by the rest of the troupe, the guests, nor the village residents. The men liked to look at her, and the women just glared. How on earth was she murdered in front of all the witnesses.. yet no one saw anything? It takes Jenny using her sharp mind and her keen observations to get to the bottom of this entertaining mystery. With a large number of suspects to investigate and question, the police certainly have their hands full. THIS IS A BRAND NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED FAITH MARTIN BOOK. Although 7th in this series, it is easily read as a stand alone. As always, I highly recommend starting at the very beginning for an enjoyable marathon of reading. Jenny is such a unique character with an understated sense of humor, I just can't get enough of her. Many thanks to the author / Joffe Books / Books n All Book Promotions / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of this mystery. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Helga

    Twisty plot, humor, interesting characters, appetizing food, ghost walks, amateur dramatics, suspicious death, an impossible murder, a cunning culprit, a few red herrings and a tragic love story. In the 7th book of Jenny Starling series, Faith Martin is at her best. Thanks to the author, Joffe Books and the NetGalley for a copy of the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a 3.5 star read. A few tears shed after the reading of this one! Firstly, because this is the last book (so far) of the Jenny Starling series, with the author able to continue if she so chooses. And DAMN! ... I'm going to miss her. Secondly, poor Jenny concludes the case and rolls out on a whimper instead of the fireworks I had come to expect. I was a little disappointed with this offering hence the reduction in stars, but still an entertainingly light romp into a quintessential British m This is a 3.5 star read. A few tears shed after the reading of this one! Firstly, because this is the last book (so far) of the Jenny Starling series, with the author able to continue if she so chooses. And DAMN! ... I'm going to miss her. Secondly, poor Jenny concludes the case and rolls out on a whimper instead of the fireworks I had come to expect. I was a little disappointed with this offering hence the reduction in stars, but still an entertainingly light romp into a quintessential British murder mystery.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Jenny Starling #7 Jenny Starling is a travelling cook. She's working in the kitchen in the Spindlewood Inn. Readers of this series will know that wherever Jenny is there is always a murder. Jenny is filling in for a friend. The owners of the Inn are holding a "Regency Extravaganza" weekend. One of the actresses while doing her "dying scene" dies for real. There are several witnesses, so how could this happen? This is a good series. Jenny is not only a great cook, she's also a great detective as we Jenny Starling #7 Jenny Starling is a travelling cook. She's working in the kitchen in the Spindlewood Inn. Readers of this series will know that wherever Jenny is there is always a murder. Jenny is filling in for a friend. The owners of the Inn are holding a "Regency Extravaganza" weekend. One of the actresses while doing her "dying scene" dies for real. There are several witnesses, so how could this happen? This is a good series. Jenny is not only a great cook, she's also a great detective as well. They are east books to read. Jenny not only assists the police in solving the crime, she solves the murder and the reasons why. A really good police procedural series. These books can be read as a standalone, but why miss out on a good series, read them all from the beginning. You won't be disappointed. I would like to thank NetGalley, Joffe Books and the author Faith Martin for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gail C.

    THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY by Faith Martin is the seventh in the Jenny Starling series. All of these books stand alone and there is no need to read them in any particular order. In this book, Jenny has accepted a two week cooking position to fill in for her friend who is going on her annual vacation. The setting is a lovely picturesque country inn where the owners have created a Regency Extravaganza for the weekend, complete with costumed participants from the local amateur dramatics society. Guest THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY by Faith Martin is the seventh in the Jenny Starling series. All of these books stand alone and there is no need to read them in any particular order. In this book, Jenny has accepted a two week cooking position to fill in for her friend who is going on her annual vacation. The setting is a lovely picturesque country inn where the owners have created a Regency Extravaganza for the weekend, complete with costumed participants from the local amateur dramatics society. Guests who’ve booked in for the weekend are invited to wear costumes and join in the festivities while they are entertained with scenes from a local love story from the Regency period when a young woman, married to an older man, falls in love with a young man. Of course, tragedy ensues and that provides the acting troupe with the scenes they can perform for the guests, including a duel between the two men, one of whom is less than honest in his participation, and the resulting tragic death of the young woman. When Jenny goes to settle into the room she has been given for the next two weeks she overhears an argument between two people who later turn out to be part of the acting troupe for the weekend. This conversation, as well as other hints, etc. set the reader up to expect someone to get murdered before the weekend is out, with expectations for who the unlucky victim will be based on information gathered from conversations and behaviors. As in other books in the series, Jenny is identified early by the Detective Inspector assigned to the case. Her reputation for solving crimes continues to circulate in police circles, and he decides early on to involve Jenny in his investigation, rather than creating an adversarial relationship between Jenny and the officials involved in the investigation. Once again, Jenny is shown to have observed and drawn conclusions that help draw the case to a successful conclusion. The reader is given all the clues they need to solve the murder in this book, but once again they must recognize them and then give them their appropriate significance. I did figure out who the guilty party was, but then changed my mind toward the end of the book, following right down the path of one of the red herrings. The book is filled with characters who are enjoyable to meet and the location is idyllic. My thanks to Joffe Books and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anissa

    Very fun entry in the series that has me hoping there's more Jenny Starling coming. The mystery pace was well done. The characters arrived on the scene quickly enough, the murder victim was perfectly off-putting and the murder itself was cleverly done. I only had a quibble about one half of the couple from the United States. Min did not use phrases an American would use (she used distinctly British ones) and it threw me out of the story in those instances. Still, this was a minor thing in an oth Very fun entry in the series that has me hoping there's more Jenny Starling coming. The mystery pace was well done. The characters arrived on the scene quickly enough, the murder victim was perfectly off-putting and the murder itself was cleverly done. I only had a quibble about one half of the couple from the United States. Min did not use phrases an American would use (she used distinctly British ones) and it threw me out of the story in those instances. Still, this was a minor thing in an otherwise enjoyable read. There was also a good amount of wit even down to the last lines. Recommended. (Short review; away from home)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Jenny Starling is a traveling cook who has landed another plumb assignment. Not only is Jenny an exceptional cook who is in high demand for her culinary skills, but she has been more than instrumental when it comes to excelling at amateur sleuthing. Currently, Jenny is at The Spindlewood Inn, and a play is being produced there. Jenny hopes to regale them with her tried and true recipes, but also wants to try a few new things. She is quickly distracted, however, when the leading actress in the en Jenny Starling is a traveling cook who has landed another plumb assignment. Not only is Jenny an exceptional cook who is in high demand for her culinary skills, but she has been more than instrumental when it comes to excelling at amateur sleuthing. Currently, Jenny is at The Spindlewood Inn, and a play is being produced there. Jenny hopes to regale them with her tried and true recipes, but also wants to try a few new things. She is quickly distracted, however, when the leading actress in the endeavor, Rachel Norman, is discovered drowned in the pond. Using her sharp instincts, Jenny correctly assumes that it is a case of murder. As Jenny begins working with the police, who are none too keen to accept her help, and also headed in her very own direction, Jenny starts to unravel tensions within the realms of the troupe - things not previously before seen or mentioned. Things are not going to be easy, especially as certain facts are revealed, but the intrepid Jenny is nothing short of insistent. The Country Inn Mystery is the seventh book in the Jenny Starling series which could be read as standalone, as it is a new location and victim. However, the entire series is a delight, and if readers want to enjoy the over six foot voluptuous woman, with uncanny beauty and intelligence, then, by all means, be sure to get the previous titles in this series. This is a quick read that I was able to devour in one sitting. Many thanks to Joffe Books and Books n All Book Promotions for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Blaine DeSantis

    Received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. I must confess that this is the first book that I have read by this author and I really like the premise and our main character, Jenny Starling. Also enjoy that she is a traveling chef so that plots never will get boring or repetitive since new locales and people are always involved. Very good writing, sometimes a bit too flowery with some descriptions but that also lends it the books Bri Received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. I must confess that this is the first book that I have read by this author and I really like the premise and our main character, Jenny Starling. Also enjoy that she is a traveling chef so that plots never will get boring or repetitive since new locales and people are always involved. Very good writing, sometimes a bit too flowery with some descriptions but that also lends it the books British charm. Plot was well laid out and I like it when the events that lead to the mystery (in this case a murder) are not set forth in the first 25 pages of the book. Thought we really got the feel for the characters Jenny Starling is a really great cozy mystery solver. Would be a great series for AcornTV or some sort of Brit TV channel.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jannelies

    This time, we find Jenny in a lovely country inn... over a weekend with lots of people who come to be a part of a play and of course, eat delicious food. The food is not the problem, it is the fact that someone gets killed. No surprise there, because that is what happens in this series. No suprise either that there is a large group of suspects, the police is baffled and Jenny has to help them solve the crime. I love this series because it is like reading a big puzzle; you are given all clues, th This time, we find Jenny in a lovely country inn... over a weekend with lots of people who come to be a part of a play and of course, eat delicious food. The food is not the problem, it is the fact that someone gets killed. No surprise there, because that is what happens in this series. No suprise either that there is a large group of suspects, the police is baffled and Jenny has to help them solve the crime. I love this series because it is like reading a big puzzle; you are given all clues, there are some red herrings in between and there is always that little twist you can't see coming. Thank you Netgalley and Joffe books for this digital review copy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Over recent months I've become a great fan of Faith Martin so, when I saw this seventh book in her wonderful series featuring Jenny Starling being launched, I knew I had to read 'The Country Inn Mystery'. Also, it has a culinary theme which I love and a little light humour. The first three books - The Birthday Mystery, The Winter Mystery and The Riverboat Mystery were all so good, I knew it was likely that Faith Martin had written a winner with this book, too, and I was right! Best-seller author Over recent months I've become a great fan of Faith Martin so, when I saw this seventh book in her wonderful series featuring Jenny Starling being launched, I knew I had to read 'The Country Inn Mystery'. Also, it has a culinary theme which I love and a little light humour. The first three books - The Birthday Mystery, The Winter Mystery and The Riverboat Mystery were all so good, I knew it was likely that Faith Martin had written a winner with this book, too, and I was right! Best-seller author Faith Martin has also written the ‘Detective Hillary Greene’ mysteries. Faith Martin’s writing skills set the scene beautifully for this novel and in this case, the drama takes place at the Spindlewood Inn. Her character development was as marvellous as ever, particularly that of Jenny, living and loving life as a travelling cook. She is happy travelling the country catering for different events and cooking great food. She doesn’t like having to divert her attention from baking delicious cakes or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve murders. She is great at reading people and unmasking killers, always with a good dose of humour. Rachel Norman is the victim, and her not-so-great personality, means that almost everyone is a potential suspect. Jenny winds up assisting the police, but are they about to arrest the wrong suspect? With many clues and lots of red herrings to keep the reader guessing, this was a thoroughly satisfying read and I often found myself asking the same questions as Jenny as I was kept in suspense right to the end. The pacing in 'The Country Inn Mystery' was very good and I never lost interest, as it wasn't long before something intriguing would happen. Things came together for a marvellous denouement and wrapped everything up very neatly. This series can be read in any order since Jenny finds employment at different locations in every book, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading other books by Faith Martin. 'The Country Inn Mystery' is a fantastic read for anyone who likes to play armchair detective, deciphering the clues, and making a best guess as to the identity of the killer. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request, from Joffe Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Traveling cook Jenny Starling is currently filling in for a friend at the Spindlewood Inn where the owners are hosting a “Regency Extravaganza” weekend. Jenny is there to cook an authentic Georgian menu, for guests in historical costume who are there to enjoy the amateur dramatics put on for the occasion. The script calls for the lead actress to do a death scene, but someone decides it’s the perfect way to cover-up her murder. With an inn fully booked with suspects, the police are happy to have Traveling cook Jenny Starling is currently filling in for a friend at the Spindlewood Inn where the owners are hosting a “Regency Extravaganza” weekend. Jenny is there to cook an authentic Georgian menu, for guests in historical costume who are there to enjoy the amateur dramatics put on for the occasion. The script calls for the lead actress to do a death scene, but someone decides it’s the perfect way to cover-up her murder. With an inn fully booked with suspects, the police are happy to have Jenny assist in uncovering the culprit. While the plot is a good one, the story was a little slow to develop and there was very little action (mostly Jenny overhearing conversations or looking in on events as they occur), but all of the clues are there for you to decipher. There is a wide range of characters, just about all with a reason to be the murderer. Overall an entertaining book and a quick read. My thanks to NetGalley and Joffe Books for the advanced readers copy of this book made available for my review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Blaine DeSantis

    Received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. I must confess that this is the first book that I have read by this author and I really like the premise and our main character, Jenny Starling. Also enjoy that she is a traveling chef so that plots never will get boring or repetitive since new locales and people are always involved. Very good writing, sometimes a bit too flowery with some descriptions but that also lends it the books Bri Received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. I must confess that this is the first book that I have read by this author and I really like the premise and our main character, Jenny Starling. Also enjoy that she is a traveling chef so that plots never will get boring or repetitive since new locales and people are always involved. Very good writing, sometimes a bit too flowery with some descriptions but that also lends it the books British charm. Plot was well laid out and I like it when the events that lead to the mystery (in this case a murder) are not set forth in the first 25 pages of the book. Thought we really got the feel for the characters Jenny Starling is a really great cozy mystery solver. Would be a great series for AcornTV or some sort of Brit TV channel. Liked it so much I went out and bought a few of her other books in the series!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tanis Blount

    This was adequate. The review I had read previously had compared the author to Dame Christie. The writing compares in genre alone.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    The Country Inn Mystery by Faith Martin is the seventh book in her Jenny Starling, traveling cook series. I have loved reading this book again......If you love a this cosy mystery this is the series for you. Plus, a great holiday read. One thing I just love about Faith's books is they can be read as a stand alone book........they're a quick and easy read hence why I called them a cosy mystery book. I open my kindle and just become the book.......Faith has a way of doing this. I remember reading The Country Inn Mystery by Faith Martin is the seventh book in her Jenny Starling, traveling cook series. I have loved reading this book again......If you love a this cosy mystery this is the series for you. Plus, a great holiday read. One thing I just love about Faith's books is they can be read as a stand alone book........they're a quick and easy read hence why I called them a cosy mystery book. I open my kindle and just become the book.......Faith has a way of doing this. I remember reading this when it was called ‘Detective Hillary Greene’ mysteries. My Mum recommended this series of books, many years ago. It was lovely to see this series being re released under a new name. Big Thank you to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ppcfransen

    The Country Inn Mystery is part of the Jenny Starling Series. Most books in this series have previously been published under the penname Joyce Cato as part of the Travelling Cook Mystery Series. This title had not been previously published, but reading through the reviews of other books in this series I see gripes that bothered me in this book too. So either Faith Martin decided to continue writing in style for the series, or this story was written as part of the original run, but shelved. Jenny The Country Inn Mystery is part of the Jenny Starling Series. Most books in this series have previously been published under the penname Joyce Cato as part of the Travelling Cook Mystery Series. This title had not been previously published, but reading through the reviews of other books in this series I see gripes that bothered me in this book too. So either Faith Martin decided to continue writing in style for the series, or this story was written as part of the original run, but shelved. Jenny Starling, travelling cook, has found herself a job as replacement cook at the Spindlewood Inn while the regular cook takes a holiday. The first weekend of Jenny's tenure (she hasn't even unpacked yet) Muriel and Richard Sparkey, proprietors of Spindlewood Inn, host the Regency Extravaganza: a weekend where guests dress-up in Recency period clothes, the local am-dram group plays scenes from a local legend and even the meals fit the time period. The local legend is a story of a young woman married to a much older man, finding a young lover. The husband kills the young lover in a duel and the woman drowns herself. The lead time to the actual murder is rather long. The author takes her time to show almost all the characters may have a gripe with the eventual victim. I like it more to find out everyone had a motive after the murder. Also, I like being surprised who is the victim. Other than that, the mystery is interesting. And it is not for that I did not like this story much. It's because I found Jenny annoying. Annoying how she always just happened to be around when people said useful things. Annoying everyone loved all of her food. Annoying the two police detectives were impressed by her detecting skills. "[Lucy] conceded rather reluctantly that the cook's logic seemed sound." Well, if she thought about it for five seconds longer, Lucy could have found a flaw in the logic. There's another peeve: when the police are made to look dim. Here the police were made to look unduly dim. Asking witnesses leading questions rather than open questions; jumping to conclusions even if they have enough evidence their conclusion is wrong; not (threatening to) arresting Jenny when she claims to know who's the murderer, but doesn't say immediately who, rather walks them through it. (The walking through can also be done after the reveal of the murderer.) In the end one mystery wasn't solved: why did the cook of Spindlewood Inn take her holiday in the same week as her employers host an Extravaganza? That sounds like bad planning. There is something to be said for the writer's advice: when you see an adverb, kill it. (For the word "naturally" in particular, I recommend a hunting party.) I read an ARC through Netgalley.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Read

    This is book number seven in the very popular series featuring travelling cook and amateur sleuth Jenny Starling, and is previously unpublished. Jenny is in her late twenties and stands around 6 feet 1 inch tall. With her blue eyes and shoulder length black hair she has a curvy figure and a startling effect on many of the men she meets. Jenny's overwhelming mission in life is to feed people, in fact food comes above anything else in her eyes. Unfortunately in her travels as a cook-for-hire she h This is book number seven in the very popular series featuring travelling cook and amateur sleuth Jenny Starling, and is previously unpublished. Jenny is in her late twenties and stands around 6 feet 1 inch tall. With her blue eyes and shoulder length black hair she has a curvy figure and a startling effect on many of the men she meets. Jenny's overwhelming mission in life is to feed people, in fact food comes above anything else in her eyes. Unfortunately in her travels as a cook-for-hire she has become embroiled in several murder investigations and her uncanny ability to read people has often helped her expose the killer. In this story Jenny has been hired at The Spindlewood Inn by owners Richard and Muriel Sparkey in the picturesque Cotswold village of Caulcott Deeping to cater for their "Regency Extravaganza" weekend, in which guests will dress in period costume, watch scenes of a local historical event re-enacted by the local am-dram society and eat authentic period feasts prepared by Jenny. All is going to plan after most of the work is over, and Jenny actually has time to visit the village pond and watch the final dramatic scenes portrayed by local amateur actress and money grabbing man-eater Rachel. Jenny even dares to think that for once nothing untoward is going to happen around her, until Rachel's last scenes become all too final. Now any detective turning up at the scene of a suspicious death and finding Jenny Starling already there should know without even looking that he will be dealing with murder. And this soon becomes a very real possibility for DI Franklyn and sidekick DS O'Connor. Jenny of course has been observing all the various participants in the weekend's events and once more provides crucial help to the detectives who are aware of her reputation and more than happy to receive her input. Another baffling murder mystery and very enjoyable.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jann Barber

    I would like to thank Joffe Books and Net Galley for the ARC of this book. It is the seventh book in the Jenny Starling mystery series, and I will definitely be going back to read the previous books! Jenny Starling is impressive in many ways. She stands over six feet tall and is a modern woman. She drives a cherry red van and works as a traveling cook. This, of course, throws her into various situations where murders inevitably occur. She is filling in for her vacationing friend who works at The S I would like to thank Joffe Books and Net Galley for the ARC of this book. It is the seventh book in the Jenny Starling mystery series, and I will definitely be going back to read the previous books! Jenny Starling is impressive in many ways. She stands over six feet tall and is a modern woman. She drives a cherry red van and works as a traveling cook. This, of course, throws her into various situations where murders inevitably occur. She is filling in for her vacationing friend who works at The Spindlewood Inn, and is set the task of preparing authentic meals to go along with the Regency Extravaganza, which involves customers in historical dress, an amateur dramatic company, and sumptuous meals. One of the highlights of the weekend is the amateur society's enactment of a romantic entanglement that led to a tragic drowning in the property's lake. There are interesting characters, and Jenny becomes involved in the investigation, even though she would prefer to remain in the kitchen. The detective on the case has heard of her, and finds out that she is quite observant. I admit that I did not figure out who committed the murder, but realized that the clues had been available and perhaps a more discerning reader would have figured out what was going on. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and do plan to read more in this series. Faith Martin has also penned the Detective Hillary Greene mysteries, and I need to look into those as well!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Faith Martin has written The Country Inn Mystery, the seventh book in her Jenny Starling, traveling cook series. Once again, Jenny has been hired for a temporary assignment, covering the kitchen at the Spindlewood Inn, owned by Richard and Muriel Sparkey, while her friend(Patsy Vine) is on holiday. Patsy takes her annual time off at the end of the summer busy season,but since the Sparkey's are hosting a 'Regency Extravaganza' weekend, the inn is booked, and Jenny will be busy cooking her 'delici Faith Martin has written The Country Inn Mystery, the seventh book in her Jenny Starling, traveling cook series. Once again, Jenny has been hired for a temporary assignment, covering the kitchen at the Spindlewood Inn, owned by Richard and Muriel Sparkey, while her friend(Patsy Vine) is on holiday. Patsy takes her annual time off at the end of the summer busy season,but since the Sparkey's are hosting a 'Regency Extravaganza' weekend, the inn is booked, and Jenny will be busy cooking her 'delicious food'( just let anyone disagree and see what happens) and hoping for an uneventful weekend. For those who haven't read the earlier books, wherever Jenny goes, murder is sure to be on the menu! This was a quick read that I finished in one evening. Rachel Norman is the victim, and her pleasant personality(not), means that almost everyone who crossed her path is a potential suspect. Jenny winds up assisting the police in uncovering the whodunnit and why, when once again, the police are ready to arrest the wrong suspect. This series can be read out of order since Jenny finds employment at different locations in every book. A good book, especially if you like to read along, deciphering the clues, and making your best guess as to the identity of the killer. I received a DRC from Joffe Books through NetGalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rekha

    The writing and the story development reminded me of the first book in this series - The Birthday Mystery. Until the first 25% of the story, there is no crime. But somewhere deep in her mind, Jenny knows that something is going to happen but she cannot really say when or where. Jenny's love for cooking is well described in the first half of the story. The delicious food that she prepares makes everybody happy. But once Rachel is found dead, Jenny's attention is diverted and she wants to solve the The writing and the story development reminded me of the first book in this series - The Birthday Mystery. Until the first 25% of the story, there is no crime. But somewhere deep in her mind, Jenny knows that something is going to happen but she cannot really say when or where. Jenny's love for cooking is well described in the first half of the story. The delicious food that she prepares makes everybody happy. But once Rachel is found dead, Jenny's attention is diverted and she wants to solve the case - the food/cooking comes second here! The pacing was a bit slow but when compared to the last three books in this series, it was better. The plot development was good too. Jenny is actually enthusiastic to solve the case and makes an effort to gather some gossip... ahem... clues. The identity of the killer was unexpected until Jenny lays out all the clues in front of the police. Unlike the previous stories where Jenny says something like, "Oh? I thought you knew, Inspector. I know who the murderer is, but what I am not sure of is the motive for murder", in this case, Jenny sits with the police and reveals it all, the identity of the killer and the motive for killing Rachel Norman. Jenny gives a very good explanation as to how Rachel was killed. Overall, this was a pretty good read. Rating: 3.5/5

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    The Country Inn Mystery by Faith Martin is well presented cozy mystery at its best. Although a seventh book in the series, which somehow escaped my notice when I requested the book, I had absolutely no trouble to follow the story as it can be perfectly read as a standalone. I didn't mind the fact that murder happened at the end of the first third of the book. I quite enjoyed getting to know the participants, and learning quite a lot about Regency cuisine. It has that old fashioned murder mystery f The Country Inn Mystery by Faith Martin is well presented cozy mystery at its best. Although a seventh book in the series, which somehow escaped my notice when I requested the book, I had absolutely no trouble to follow the story as it can be perfectly read as a standalone. I didn't mind the fact that murder happened at the end of the first third of the book. I quite enjoyed getting to know the participants, and learning quite a lot about Regency cuisine. It has that old fashioned murder mystery feel that reminds me of A.Christie which is always a big plus in my book. Likable main character, very intelligent and down to earth. Other characters are equally well portrayed and presented. Beautiful setting and story involving amateur actors. Very engaging and absorbing. Jenny Starling is a travelling cook, working at the moment in a lovely inn, recreating Regency menu for the group of amateur actors and their followers. Even though there are some tensions in the air, all is going well until the leading actress, beautiful and talented girl ends up dead. Like it or not Jenny is in the middle of it, regardless of how much she hates it she will need to help out the local police and bring murdered to justice.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    Jenny is providing holiday relief for a friend at a Country Inn in the Cotswolds, the highlight of her visit is a Regency Extravaganza, where a select few from the local amateur dramatics society will be acting out a piece of local Regency scandal with a tragic end. The clues for this one start early on, but are so well hidden that you don’t realise their significance until the end. There is slightly less emphasis on the cooking side of things, in this first time published Jenny Starling mystery. Jenny is providing holiday relief for a friend at a Country Inn in the Cotswolds, the highlight of her visit is a Regency Extravaganza, where a select few from the local amateur dramatics society will be acting out a piece of local Regency scandal with a tragic end. The clues for this one start early on, but are so well hidden that you don’t realise their significance until the end. There is slightly less emphasis on the cooking side of things, in this first time published Jenny Starling mystery. The focus is on the characters, mostly from Jenny’s point of view. The characters are realistic and the tensions between individuals in the group of guests, and actors gradually revealed, but none seem relevant until an unfortunate incident occurs and someone dies. Is it suspicious or not? If it is, it appears to be a perfect crime, committed in plain sight of all. The relationship between the investigating police officers and Jenny is less antagonist than usually the case, but her amateur sleuthing and astute observation skills make interesting reading. An enjoyable book, with a well-described setting, enigmatic amateur detective and a twisty, absorbing plot. I received a copy of this book from Joffe Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hillary T

    Nice predictable mysteries After reading all the books in both this series and the Hillary Greene series, I’ve made some observations. While I did enjoy all of the books, there were some things that bothered me. The author tends to repeat herself so often that I found myself skipping through paragraphs in each book. There are dozens of other ways to describe someone’s figure without using the exact same terms- Junoesque, for Jenny Starling. In almost every single book in both series’, someone end Nice predictable mysteries After reading all the books in both this series and the Hillary Greene series, I’ve made some observations. While I did enjoy all of the books, there were some things that bothered me. The author tends to repeat herself so often that I found myself skipping through paragraphs in each book. There are dozens of other ways to describe someone’s figure without using the exact same terms- Junoesque, for Jenny Starling. In almost every single book in both series’, someone ends up talking about granny sucking eggs at least once but usually more. These are just a couple examples of what I mean, it does grow tedious from book to book. In the Jenny Starling series, the author follows a predictable pattern in each book. Jenny is reluctantly pulled into the investigation and halfway through, experiences a nagging feeling that she’s forgotten something. I understand that certain things that were repeated are meant that way, such as Jenny exasperating police when she finally tells them who the murderer is but it is a bit too predictable for my taste. These books are a nice light read and I will continue to enjoy more from this author....although I do wish she didn’t repeat herself quite so often.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Barton

    Traveling cook Jenny Starling fills in for her friend and fellow chef at the Spindlewood Inn featured in Author Faith Martin's latest whodunit, The Country Inn Mystery. It's the inn's 'Regency Extravaganza' weekend--filled with actors, fans and fabulous food! As the guests arrive, Chef Jenny soon realizes that the peaceful country-side setting is brimming with scandalous undertones. Local drama and historical group, The Caulcott Deeping Players, are at the inn to perform a re-enactment of a scand Traveling cook Jenny Starling fills in for her friend and fellow chef at the Spindlewood Inn featured in Author Faith Martin's latest whodunit, The Country Inn Mystery. It's the inn's 'Regency Extravaganza' weekend--filled with actors, fans and fabulous food! As the guests arrive, Chef Jenny soon realizes that the peaceful country-side setting is brimming with scandalous undertones. Local drama and historical group, The Caulcott Deeping Players, are at the inn to perform a re-enactment of a scandalous nobility affair from years ago that ends in despair and death. Lead actress Rachel Norman is a thespian on a mission to land her break-out role, leaving a trail of broken hearts (and pocket-books). Will a jilted lover bring her down? Or is there something more sinister being planned for this wannabe actress diva? Colorful characters, a charming setting, and menus filled with delectable treats make this a great summertime whodunit read to sit back and enjoy. This reader is very happy--there are more stories and adventures to be read featuring the delightful Ms. Starling. I can't wait to see what she's up to next!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Larum

    This is the seventh in the Jenny Starling mysteries but it would work perfectly as a stand alone. This time, Jenny is cooking in a country inn, taking the place of a friend of hers who is on holiday. A nice place, the old-fashioned inn is a pleasant place to work with the added bonus of a Regency Extravaganza, giving Jenny the opportunity to cook something a little different. On the last day of the weekend, the local amateur dramatic group are putting on a play about a local family, where a you This is the seventh in the Jenny Starling mysteries but it would work perfectly as a stand alone. This time, Jenny is cooking in a country inn, taking the place of a friend of hers who is on holiday. A nice place, the old-fashioned inn is a pleasant place to work with the added bonus of a Regency Extravaganza, giving Jenny the opportunity to cook something a little different. On the last day of the weekend, the local amateur dramatic group are putting on a play about a local family, where a young wife finds a lover of her own age, upsetting her elderly husband. When the husband kills the young buck, the wife drowns herself - a fitting ending to a play. Unfortunately, the actress playing the part of the wife actually drowns in the village pond and Jenny is needed to show the local police that they are looking in the wrong direction for the killer. This is a gentle mystery story without any gruesome details. Perfect for a summer's day's reading. Told with Faith Martins' usual skill which always manages to stop me from finding the perpetrator!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robin Leslie Coxon

    Faith Martin's 7th book centering around her character Jenny Starling, the travelling cook and amateur detective, continues the wonderful journey. Jenny has been hired to substitute for her friend, Patsy, who is taking a Holiday. What can happen in a weekend while being the cook at the Spindelwood Inn during their Regency Extravaganza. The Inn host and hostess are presenting a drama performed by the Amateur Dramatic Society. Ms. Martin once again has developed her characters for their roles and Faith Martin's 7th book centering around her character Jenny Starling, the travelling cook and amateur detective, continues the wonderful journey. Jenny has been hired to substitute for her friend, Patsy, who is taking a Holiday. What can happen in a weekend while being the cook at the Spindelwood Inn during their Regency Extravaganza. The Inn host and hostess are presenting a drama performed by the Amateur Dramatic Society. Ms. Martin once again has developed her characters for their roles and the plot draws you in. Since historical fiction is a popular reading format this definitely fits the genre. I will definitely be waiting for her next book to come out.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Britnell

    Once again Faith Martin proves she has the perfect recipe for a good old fashioned murder mystery. Jenny Starling finds herself once again reluctantly thrust into the middle of a puzzling murder enquiry when a renaissance reenactment weekend takes a deadly turn. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and find Faith Martin's unpretentious style refreshingly easy to read. The plot kept you guessing throughout and although I had figured out 'who done it' uncovering the how at the end was well done. Highly rec Once again Faith Martin proves she has the perfect recipe for a good old fashioned murder mystery. Jenny Starling finds herself once again reluctantly thrust into the middle of a puzzling murder enquiry when a renaissance reenactment weekend takes a deadly turn. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and find Faith Martin's unpretentious style refreshingly easy to read. The plot kept you guessing throughout and although I had figured out 'who done it' uncovering the how at the end was well done. Highly recommended. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy of the book for my.honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Impossible for me to do an unbiased review on a Jenny Starling book! Each is excellent and easily stands alone. Traveling cook Jenny Starling agreed to take over for her friend who is going on a two week vacation. The job is at a lovely Inn in the Cotswolds which is hosting a production by a troupe of amateur thespians. Easy to figure out who the victim will be, but the plot takes some interesting twists and tosses in not a few red herrings. Another fun read! I requested and received a free eboo Impossible for me to do an unbiased review on a Jenny Starling book! Each is excellent and easily stands alone. Traveling cook Jenny Starling agreed to take over for her friend who is going on a two week vacation. The job is at a lovely Inn in the Cotswolds which is hosting a production by a troupe of amateur thespians. Easy to figure out who the victim will be, but the plot takes some interesting twists and tosses in not a few red herrings. Another fun read! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Joffe Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    How i love to read a book that is based here in the UK! This is the first book that i have actually read by Faith Martin and wonder why i haven't read more. A very enjoyable story and one that i managed to read within a day. I believe i have a few other books by this author and shall be searching them out. Recommended. My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review, freely given.

  30. 5 out of 5

    LimeCream

    Faith Martin is quickly becoming a favourite and I love this cosy mystery. It was well written with enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested. Thank you to NetGalley and to the publisher for allowing me to read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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