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Francesca Eve, caterer extraordinaire, has come to Claremont House to work for the cream of society. A full breakfast spread? Simple. A glorious picnic lunch? Easy as pie. But a dead body for dinner was definitely not on the menu… No sooner has Francesca Eve turned up for a jam-packed weekend of gourmet catering at a posh country house than she realises how challenging this Francesca Eve, caterer extraordinaire, has come to Claremont House to work for the cream of society. A full breakfast spread? Simple. A glorious picnic lunch? Easy as pie. But a dead body for dinner was definitely not on the menu… No sooner has Francesca Eve turned up for a jam-packed weekend of gourmet catering at a posh country house than she realises how challenging this event is set to be. Not only are the hosts wealthy – and demanding – beyond her wildest dreams, but each of the guests is more difficult than the last. But she never expected the host to turn up dead… Suspicion falls on everyone in the house – could there be a murderer in their midst? Is the incredibly glamorous, and now extremely rich, widow really as upset as she’s making out? What secret is the housekeeper hiding? Whose money troubles are now forgotten? As the only person without a motive, Fran’s intimate knowledge of the house party puts her in the prime position to help the police. As rumours swirl and guests’ pasts come to light, someone else is found dead. But when the police arrest their chief suspect, Fran becomes convinced they have the wrong person – the evidence is almost too neat to be true. So she decides to strike out alone, in the country house where the killer is still staying… Someone has killed twice to keep their secret safe. Will Fran be able to unmask them, or will this weekend turn out to be her deadliest job ever? A page-turning cozy mystery packed with twists. If you love Faith Martin, M.C. Beaton and The Thursday Murder Club you’ll absolutely adore this unputdownable whodunnit.


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Francesca Eve, caterer extraordinaire, has come to Claremont House to work for the cream of society. A full breakfast spread? Simple. A glorious picnic lunch? Easy as pie. But a dead body for dinner was definitely not on the menu… No sooner has Francesca Eve turned up for a jam-packed weekend of gourmet catering at a posh country house than she realises how challenging this Francesca Eve, caterer extraordinaire, has come to Claremont House to work for the cream of society. A full breakfast spread? Simple. A glorious picnic lunch? Easy as pie. But a dead body for dinner was definitely not on the menu… No sooner has Francesca Eve turned up for a jam-packed weekend of gourmet catering at a posh country house than she realises how challenging this event is set to be. Not only are the hosts wealthy – and demanding – beyond her wildest dreams, but each of the guests is more difficult than the last. But she never expected the host to turn up dead… Suspicion falls on everyone in the house – could there be a murderer in their midst? Is the incredibly glamorous, and now extremely rich, widow really as upset as she’s making out? What secret is the housekeeper hiding? Whose money troubles are now forgotten? As the only person without a motive, Fran’s intimate knowledge of the house party puts her in the prime position to help the police. As rumours swirl and guests’ pasts come to light, someone else is found dead. But when the police arrest their chief suspect, Fran becomes convinced they have the wrong person – the evidence is almost too neat to be true. So she decides to strike out alone, in the country house where the killer is still staying… Someone has killed twice to keep their secret safe. Will Fran be able to unmask them, or will this weekend turn out to be her deadliest job ever? A page-turning cozy mystery packed with twists. If you love Faith Martin, M.C. Beaton and The Thursday Murder Club you’ll absolutely adore this unputdownable whodunnit.

30 review for Death at the Dinner Party

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This is the second book in the series based around characters Francesca Eve and Adam Smith. In Death at the Dinner Party, Fran takes her private catering business to a country house party, where she is intended to supply top quality meals and snacks for the guests for a couple of days. Of course a murder occurs and she is obliged to stay on with the guests while the police begin their investigations. Fran is the kind of person who cannot leave a good mystery alone, plus she does not believe the p This is the second book in the series based around characters Francesca Eve and Adam Smith. In Death at the Dinner Party, Fran takes her private catering business to a country house party, where she is intended to supply top quality meals and snacks for the guests for a couple of days. Of course a murder occurs and she is obliged to stay on with the guests while the police begin their investigations. Fran is the kind of person who cannot leave a good mystery alone, plus she does not believe the police are looking at the right suspects. Adam tends to encourage her in her investigations and uses his superior computer skills to help out. They work well together with support from some of the other staff and chase rumours and red herrings until they have worked things out. I especially liked the way the author wrote the book, using Fran's interview with the police to drop back into the past as Fran recalls the lead up to events. It was a great method to use, filling in back story but still staying in the present. Hard to describe but it really worked. I found this an enjoyable and entertaining read. The main characters are nice, there is a good story, and the author puts it all together well. Another series added to my list! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    BonnieM☂️

    I enjoyed Death at the Dinner Party. Love the way the story goes back and forth between the present and what happens the different days. Francesca (Fran) Eve is the main character. She has a catering business. Mimi Chapman has hired her to cook at their home, Claremont House for the weekend. Her husband, Keith Chapman has invited business people to hopefully invest in his new business adventure. He is a property developer of houses and large developments. When he needs backers he throws these pa I enjoyed Death at the Dinner Party. Love the way the story goes back and forth between the present and what happens the different days. Francesca (Fran) Eve is the main character. She has a catering business. Mimi Chapman has hired her to cook at their home, Claremont House for the weekend. Her husband, Keith Chapman has invited business people to hopefully invest in his new business adventure. He is a property developer of houses and large developments. When he needs backers he throws these parties. Fran and her helper, Adam Smith who also is a computer designer, arrive to cook for the weekend. They meet Rachael Allen the housekeeper and Derek Russell the caretaker who help Fran with the weekend. Sunday Rachael goes into the study and finds Keith dead. She asks Fran to go to check it out. When checking the body Fran also sees that a painting is also missing. Fran calls DCI Detective Helen Bradley (Nell) to come as there is a death. They had met when Adam's mother was accused of murder. Nell arrives with her detective constables Owen Holmes and Clare Palmer. This is where the story becomes interesting with the supporting characters who are a strange bunch that add to the story. The dialog keeps you guessing who killed Keith and who stole the painting until the exciting ending. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Francesca Eve is a caterer who has been hired for a swanky weekend party hosted by Mimi and Keith Chapman at their country home, Claremont House. Invited to the weekend are a number of Keith's potential investors in a new property development. The weekend is clearly designed to impress the potential investors with Keith's wealth, and no expense has been spared. Fran has brought along her friend's son Adam, a computer games designer, who wants to study the country house set up for a game he is de Francesca Eve is a caterer who has been hired for a swanky weekend party hosted by Mimi and Keith Chapman at their country home, Claremont House. Invited to the weekend are a number of Keith's potential investors in a new property development. The weekend is clearly designed to impress the potential investors with Keith's wealth, and no expense has been spared. Fran has brought along her friend's son Adam, a computer games designer, who wants to study the country house set up for a game he is designing. Hosts and guests are almost universally unpleasant, the only nice people seem to be the resident gardener/handyman Derek and the housekeeper Rachel. Then Rachel and Fran find Keith dead in his study, which has been trashed and a valuable painting has been stolen. Fran calls her old acquaintance DCI Nell Bradley (who apparently investigated Adam's mother as a potential murderer in the first book in the series) to investigate the scene, but when suspicion falls on Fran as the last person to see Keith alive, Adam determines to do some investigating of his own. This was a pleasant enough country house whodunnit (without the aristocracy) but it relied heavily on the hosts and guests speaking freely in front of Fran and Adam; while I understand that they might be overlooked as 'staff', I didn't get the impression that any of the guests had that level of wealth. Also, this was generally recounted in conversation between Adam and Fran or between Fran and Nell so the reader didn't 'see' the interaction, only heard about it when it was discussed later. It was all telling and very little showing. The discovery of the murderer, in fact pretty much all of the discoveries relied upon Adam's illegal hacking/spying skills. Now I get he designs computer games but some of the bugging and hacking he did stretched the realms of credibility, also he seemed to avoid inputting a password into a laptop at one point by restarting the computer and logging himself in as the Administrator - pretty sure that's not how it works. Overall, the plot relied too much upon people just happening to 'see', 'hear', 'notice', or be in the right place at the right time. No forensic evidence, an arrest based on no evidence whatsoever, and two amateurs obtaining evidence in ways that would be laughed out of court. A fun read but I can't see this as a long series, particularly since I doubt many people would hire a caterer who has a habit of finding dead bodies. Don't even get me started on the ending! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Bumped for release.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    It's always with nervous anticipation that I follow on from the start of a new cozy mystery series and this second instalment was as good as book one. Francesca Eve is a forty+-year-old running a catering business from home in Shropshire. She has landed a catering job - a posh do at a Georgian country manor house, Claremont House, but doesn't anticipate the host, Keith Chapman, a businessman hoping to seal a deal, to wind up dead. Adam Smith, a software designer in his twenties helps Fran out. W It's always with nervous anticipation that I follow on from the start of a new cozy mystery series and this second instalment was as good as book one. Francesca Eve is a forty+-year-old running a catering business from home in Shropshire. She has landed a catering job - a posh do at a Georgian country manor house, Claremont House, but doesn't anticipate the host, Keith Chapman, a businessman hoping to seal a deal, to wind up dead. Adam Smith, a software designer in his twenties helps Fran out. Who killed Chapman? A delightful mystery with some great characters, I can't wait for instalment #3. I definitely recommend this. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    marnie | once upon a time book reviews

    What a deliciously wicked tale this is. Emma Davies has really cooked up quite the plot! Death definitely wasn’t on the menu when Fran is hired to cater a weekend event for the affluent Mimi and Keith Chapman at Claremont House located in the Shropshire countryside. But when the host is found dead, Fran and sidekick Adam are on the case. The second book in this series, Death at the Dinner Party is another great addition to it. I really enjoyed this mystery that captivated me from beginning to end What a deliciously wicked tale this is. Emma Davies has really cooked up quite the plot! Death definitely wasn’t on the menu when Fran is hired to cater a weekend event for the affluent Mimi and Keith Chapman at Claremont House located in the Shropshire countryside. But when the host is found dead, Fran and sidekick Adam are on the case. The second book in this series, Death at the Dinner Party is another great addition to it. I really enjoyed this mystery that captivated me from beginning to end and kept on my toes with enough characters with secrets and motives to suspect. I love the dynamics between Eve and Adam. They work so well together and make for a great amateur sleuthing pair. You wouldn’t think that a 40+ year old caterer and a 20+ year old gaming designer would resonate, but they really do. You don’t need to have read the first book in the series, Death in Disguise, as Davies gives the reader enough background of it in this instalment, but I do encourage you to read it as it is also a very enjoyable read. Death at the Dinner Party is super fun, entertaining and I loved every minute of it. I look forward to seeing how the series grows and I will be eagerly awaiting the next instalment. Thank you to Emma Davies, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of Death at the Dinner Party, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. Where you can find me 😊 💻 Blog: bit.ly/3gR3io8 👩‍🏫 Facebook: bit.ly/3gVeC2B 🐤Twitter: bit.ly/3BQk2Dl 📷 Instagram: bit.ly/3wSv0Gj 📌 Pinterest: bit.ly/3vS2HGX 📚 Goodreads: bit.ly/3wQxUM3

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    No sooner has Francesca Eve turned up for a jam-packed weekend of gourmet catering at a posh country house, ably aided by Adam Smith, than she realises how challenging this event is set to be. Not only are the hosts wealthy – and demanding – beyond her wildest dreams, but each of the guests is more difficult than the last. But she never expected the host to turn up dead. Suspicion falls on everyone. As the only person without a motive, Fran’s intimate knowledge of the house party puts her in the No sooner has Francesca Eve turned up for a jam-packed weekend of gourmet catering at a posh country house, ably aided by Adam Smith, than she realises how challenging this event is set to be. Not only are the hosts wealthy – and demanding – beyond her wildest dreams, but each of the guests is more difficult than the last. But she never expected the host to turn up dead. Suspicion falls on everyone. As the only person without a motive, Fran’s intimate knowledge of the house party puts her in the prime position to help the police. As rumours swirl and guests’ pasts come to light, someone else is found dead. But when the police arrest their chief suspect, Fran becomes convinced they have the wrong person as the evidence is almost too neat to be true. So she decides to strike out alone, in the country house where the killer is still staying. The second outing for Fran & Adam & it’s easily read on its own. I really like the relationship between the mature Fran & the young Adam. DCI Helen Bradley is called to the scene by Fran & I also liked how their relationship is developing even though at one point Fran is the prime suspect. There are twists, turns & red herrings before the villain is revealed & I was kept guessing until the end. The guests staying at Claremont House are a mixed bunch & I must say I didn’t like any of them. I really liked how the author uses her questioning of Fran to go back & relate the events of the weekend. A well written intriguing read & I look forward to more in the series My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carly Rushforth

    I was so happy to be accepted to read this book right after finishing the first book in this delightful series so thank you to the Publisher!. Read my review of the first book on my Goodreads . Also please don’t worry if you’ve not read the first book in this series as Death At The Dinner Party can be read as a stand alone because the lovely author tells you all about what happened in the first book (Death By Candlelight) so you feel like you know what’s what and who’s who. Welcome back Adam & Eve I was so happy to be accepted to read this book right after finishing the first book in this delightful series so thank you to the Publisher!. Read my review of the first book on my Goodreads . Also please don’t worry if you’ve not read the first book in this series as Death At The Dinner Party can be read as a stand alone because the lovely author tells you all about what happened in the first book (Death By Candlelight) so you feel like you know what’s what and who’s who. Welcome back Adam & Eve! This duo are just so perfect to solve mystery’s together even though they’re complete opposites in almost every way, it’s another high class client that Fran (Eve) is catering for and she brings Adam along to help for the weekend and all is going well until someone ends up dead. I enjoyed every second of this story it’s full of twists and revelations you really don’t see coming at all, Fran & Adam are so endearing together you feel like you are solving the crime together with them!

  8. 4 out of 5

    June Price

    The power that money brings can also destroy. Well paced with multiple clues, likeable characters, and an deceptively simple plot, "Death at the Dinner Party" did no disappoint. I was lucky enough to have read the first in the series and was delighted to see the growth in both Francesca Eve and Adam. Adam, in particular, has grown in self-confidence and his social skills, though I somehow kept expecting him to whip out a myriad of clever gadgets as the story progressed. Didn't happen, well, there The power that money brings can also destroy. Well paced with multiple clues, likeable characters, and an deceptively simple plot, "Death at the Dinner Party" did no disappoint. I was lucky enough to have read the first in the series and was delighted to see the growth in both Francesca Eve and Adam. Adam, in particular, has grown in self-confidence and his social skills, though I somehow kept expecting him to whip out a myriad of clever gadgets as the story progressed. Didn't happen, well, there was that time....never mind. Not giving away that bit but will say it involves ants. Francesca/Fran and he make an interesting pairing, hardy to normal sleuthing duo, I'd say, but effective in their observational skills and deductive abilities. But, dang, there is that one pesky clue, a missing piece of artwork, that complicates all their theories. Who stole that piece of art? Since all the suspects are still at the estate, how did they get it out of there? Keith Chapman is murdered in his own home. There are numerous suspects, each with a seemingly strong motive to have killed him. Fran is simply there to cater and isn't 0n Det. Chief Inspector Nell Bradley's radar until she reveals that she may have very likely been the last to see the victim alive. Adam, who has helped as asked but is mostly hanging out, researching stately homes for a computer game he is developing, only becomes invested in the case when Fran becomes a suspect. Now, true, I didn't get the idea that Nell really believed for a moment that Fran was a true suspect but Fran's sense of dread is real, nevertheless. How would you react if you were told you were at the top of a suspect list for murder? Adam is highly intelligent and his growing skills at people watching, or maybe maybe listening, prove helpful, as do the observations of the housekeeper, Rachel. The guests are supposedly wealthy and have it all but, as Fran observes, none of them seem happy. Heather even seems to be frightened. Why is she so worried? Is Mimi, the eloquently styled widow, as distraught as she acts? How about her tendency to, uh, collect so many male friends? What exactly is the Chapman project the guests are vying for? Who did he pick? Why was he playing games when it came to choosing who would be allowed to invest? How much must that amazing ice sculpture have cost the Chapman's? What made Richard so angry he threw his expensive phone at a courtyard wall? Did Oliver really think Mimi and he would eventually marry? Speaking of Mimi, why were her hands so red and even appearing to be burned? What is the difference between a solicitor and barrister? And, who stole that dang painting? Nope, not telling. You'll have to read the book to get the answer to that and the rest. I'm betting if you like clever mysteries that keep you turning the pages as you get to know some enjoyable characters, you'll enjoy this one as much as I did. Thank you #NetGalley and #Bookouture for inviting me back to visit Fran/Eve and Adam again. The ending was thoroughly satisfying.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Wood

    Francesca Eve, Fran to her friends, is a private caterer. Weddings, dinner parties, and cupcakes a speciality along with a knack for being in close proximity to the recently deceased! Adam Smith, video designer, chief bottle washer, and moral support, has the same knack but lightening couldn't strike twice could it? Claremont House is a country residence of some magnitude and home to Keith Chapman, his wife, Mimi, and their staff, Rachel and Derek. At least it is on Fran's arrival, unfortunately Francesca Eve, Fran to her friends, is a private caterer. Weddings, dinner parties, and cupcakes a speciality along with a knack for being in close proximity to the recently deceased! Adam Smith, video designer, chief bottle washer, and moral support, has the same knack but lightening couldn't strike twice could it? Claremont House is a country residence of some magnitude and home to Keith Chapman, his wife, Mimi, and their staff, Rachel and Derek. At least it is on Fran's arrival, unfortunately by the time she is getting ready to leave one of them is permanently indisposed! Fran calls Detective Chief Inspector Helen Bradley, Nell to her friends, and after her swift arrival, the discovery that Fran was possibly the last person to see the victim alive unsettles everyone. This is the second in the Adam and Eve Mystery Series and was another excursion into the lives of Fran's rich and privileged clientele. Once again the easy writing style meant the storyline flowed from the start with familiar characters from the first book. I wanted to like this as it is a new series with the potential of seeing an original partnership evolve especially as I am a big cosy crime fan but unfortunately I found it stretched even its fictional reality a little too far. I have no idea if the technology used by Adam is available but I'm pretty sure, used as it was here, it would be inadmissible in court even with someone eavesdropping nearby. Without spoilers I can't comment on the ending other than to say I found it unrealistic as I do the friendship between the two main protagonists. At least there is no likelihood of a romantic entanglement between them. I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. Unfortunately I can't recommend this unreservedly but if you want to suspend reality for a while you might enjoy it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    The Cookster

    Rating: 3.2/5 I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series ("Death in Disguise" also published as "Death by Candlelight"), which was one of the most enjoyable cosy mysteries I had read in a good while. There is also much to like about this follow-up. For the benefit of anyone who has not already read the first book in the series, I would say that you could happily read this one first - Emma Davies does a good job of slipping enough relevant background detail into the narrative to make sure Rating: 3.2/5 I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series ("Death in Disguise" also published as "Death by Candlelight"), which was one of the most enjoyable cosy mysteries I had read in a good while. There is also much to like about this follow-up. For the benefit of anyone who has not already read the first book in the series, I would say that you could happily read this one first - Emma Davies does a good job of slipping enough relevant background detail into the narrative to make sure that new readers are sufficiently in the picture - but it would still be preferable to read book one prior to this. In "Death at the Dinner Party" Emma Davies has once again shown her ability to put together an entertaining cosy murder mystery with a well-considered plot. The characters of caterer, Francesca Eve and her young amateur sleuthing sidekick, Adam Smith, are still delightfully appealing and, this time around, there is very much the sense of a traditional locked-room mystery, complete with the almost obligatory country manor setting. Although this is very capably written and makes for a perfectly pleasant reading experience, I didn't think it was quite as strong as its predecessor, which was a little more fresh and original. "Death at the Dinner Party" follows a more obvious tried and trusted cosy formula, but it is still well executed and will certainly hold plenty of appeal for fans of the genre - and I dare say I will be back for book three, too. It wouldn't be difficult to imagine this twosome cropping up in their own tv series at some point and it should certainly appeal to viewers of the likes of "Hetty Wainthropp Investigates" or "Rosemary & Thyme". Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for supplying an ARC in return for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Francesca Eve, caterer extraordinaire, has come to Claremont House to work for the cream of society. A full breakfast spread? Simple. A glorious picnic lunch? Easy as pie. But a dead body for dinner was definitely not on the menu… No sooner has Francesca Eve turned up for a jam-packed weekend of gourmet catering at a posh country house than she realises how challenging this event is set to be. Not only are the hosts wealthy – and demanding – beyond her wildest dreams, but each of the guests is mo Francesca Eve, caterer extraordinaire, has come to Claremont House to work for the cream of society. A full breakfast spread? Simple. A glorious picnic lunch? Easy as pie. But a dead body for dinner was definitely not on the menu… No sooner has Francesca Eve turned up for a jam-packed weekend of gourmet catering at a posh country house than she realises how challenging this event is set to be. Not only are the hosts wealthy – and demanding – beyond her wildest dreams, but each of the guests is more difficult than the last. But she never expected the host to turn up dead… Suspicion falls on everyone in the house – could there be a murderer in their midst? Is the incredibly glamorous, and now extremely rich, widow really as upset as she’s making out? What secret is the housekeeper hiding? Whose money troubles are now forgotten? As the only person without a motive, Fran’s intimate knowledge of the house party puts her in the prime position to help the police. As rumours swirl and guests’ pasts come to light, someone else is found dead. But when the police arrest their chief suspect, Fran becomes convinced they have the wrong person – the evidence is almost too neat to be true. So she decides to strike out alone, in the country house where the killer is still staying… Someone has killed twice to keep their secret safe. Will Fran be able to unmask them, or will this weekend turn out to be her deadliest job ever? This was a really fast-paced and easy read. I enjoyed Fran's attitude with all of the guests and how she interacted with them. I also liked being able to follow along with her on trying to uncover the information.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Page~Turners | Caroline

    Merry Anna Foster is in much need of a fresh start. Following her recent divorce, she has a bet with her ex-husband that she can live on the same amount of money that she is paying him in alimony. One day she stopped in Antler Creek for gas, saw a help wanted sign in the window of a small Fine Linen shop on Main Street. She is immediately hired, and still lives there. She quickly falls in love with the town and she is the happiest she has ever been in her life. She rents an old bunkhouse and her Merry Anna Foster is in much need of a fresh start. Following her recent divorce, she has a bet with her ex-husband that she can live on the same amount of money that she is paying him in alimony. One day she stopped in Antler Creek for gas, saw a help wanted sign in the window of a small Fine Linen shop on Main Street. She is immediately hired, and still lives there. She quickly falls in love with the town and she is the happiest she has ever been in her life. She rents an old bunkhouse and her neighbor, Adam Locklear is a bull rider. He also owns the local Feed and Seed store in town. I really enjoyed Merry Anna’s friendship with the townspeople. They were quickly available to each other whenever there was a need. I loved the daughter Zan, as she was so happy and she melted my heart. I felt drawn to her cheerful demeanor and was sympathetic to her situation. You can’t help but fall in love with the picturesque, quaint, mountain town of Antler Creek. It is warm and inviting and the people make the tight knit community very pleasing. It was a bustling town with lots of community events always happening. This book is one that makes you want to try new adventures in new places. I enjoyed this story very much and found it to be very captivating. I found this uplifting and inspiring story to be a must read. I definitely recommend this one. Thank you Nancy Naigle for such a wonderful story about new beginnings and surrounding yourself with encouraging and uplifting people. I absolutely loved it and I highly recommend this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    JL Dixon

    This is book two in the Adam and Eve Mystery series, and while it functioned perfectly well as a standalone book, I had a reoccurring feeling that I was missing something. I think I would have benefited from reading book one Death By Candlelight, if only for some backstory and better context. I love these characters! Caterer Francesca Eve and video designer/friend/assistant Adam Smith compliment each other “like peas and carrots”, as Forrest Gump would say. Together they make a fantastic team, an This is book two in the Adam and Eve Mystery series, and while it functioned perfectly well as a standalone book, I had a reoccurring feeling that I was missing something. I think I would have benefited from reading book one Death By Candlelight, if only for some backstory and better context. I love these characters! Caterer Francesca Eve and video designer/friend/assistant Adam Smith compliment each other “like peas and carrots”, as Forrest Gump would say. Together they make a fantastic team, and really dominated the pages as soon as the body of Keith Chapman is found. The setting of Claremont House, home of the Chapmans, is beautifully described which made visualising each scene so easy (one of my favourite things). The cast of supporting characters are demanding, difficult, and thoroughly unlikeable. And they’re all suspects. Brilliant! Overall, this was a fun read and my first foray into cozy murder mysteries. I will definitely be reading book one, and look forward to book three Death On The Menu before its release on 22 September 2022. I am most happy to recommend this book to all mystery readers, but with the caveat that you should read the series in order. I gave Death At The Dinner Party, by Emma Davies, four chef’s knives.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    I liked the first instalment in this series as both Fran and Adam are two likeable and fleshed out characters. This one kept me reading and I found it highly entertaining. It’s a classic whodunit in a closed environment and I liked how the author used some classic Golden Age tropes like the closed environment, the group of guests full of secrets in a country house. She made them work and they work well in a contemporary environment. Adam is the tech genius with a knack for observation and an intere I liked the first instalment in this series as both Fran and Adam are two likeable and fleshed out characters. This one kept me reading and I found it highly entertaining. It’s a classic whodunit in a closed environment and I liked how the author used some classic Golden Age tropes like the closed environment, the group of guests full of secrets in a country house. She made them work and they work well in a contemporary environment. Adam is the tech genius with a knack for observation and an interesting set of hacking skill. He’s not always on the legal site and some parts are a bit over the top but I love those parts and I always found them funny maybe because I’m a former sys admin. Fran is down to the earth, a clever person who is able to use her people skill and join the pieces of the puzzle. The mystery is full of twists. Even if I guessed the culprit some part surprised me. I found it very enjoyable and gripping. I read this book in a sitting and hope to read soon another mystery featuring Fran and Adam. This one is highly recommended. Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Death at the Dinner Party by Emma Davis is the second book in The Adam and Eve Mystery Series. Francesca Eve, is an excellent caterer extraordinaire, and she has come to Claremont House to work for the cream of society. Nothing can scare her! She can cook anything to a full fancy breakfast spread? A glorious picnic lunch? all so easy to do.. No sooner has Francesca Eve turned up for a jam-packed weekend of gourmet catering at a posh country house, she now realises how challenging this event will Death at the Dinner Party by Emma Davis is the second book in The Adam and Eve Mystery Series. Francesca Eve, is an excellent caterer extraordinaire, and she has come to Claremont House to work for the cream of society. Nothing can scare her! She can cook anything to a full fancy breakfast spread? A glorious picnic lunch? all so easy to do.. No sooner has Francesca Eve turned up for a jam-packed weekend of gourmet catering at a posh country house, she now realises how challenging this event will become. Not only are the hosts wealthy and so very demanding, beyond her wildest dreams, She starts to ask herself has she stepped out of her comfort zone? Then, with everything going on, Francesca never expected the host to turn up dead… Suspicion falls on everyone in the house, who could there be a murderer? Francesca is in a great position to help the Police especially as intimate knowledge of the house party. This book is full of great twists and turns that will have you guessing til the end and a great page turner I really enjoyed it. Big Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Bookouture for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mystica

    Death at a dinner party was a good read. Francesca - is a reputed caterer and she is called upon to provide very upmarket catering for a weekend from breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between snacks to a discerning and arrogant crowd of people. Fran did not expect to find a dead body and when it was decided by the local constabulary that the death was a murder, her detective instincts kick in and she is on the case along with Adam who helped her in her first amateur detective round. The Officer in c Death at a dinner party was a good read. Francesca - is a reputed caterer and she is called upon to provide very upmarket catering for a weekend from breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between snacks to a discerning and arrogant crowd of people. Fran did not expect to find a dead body and when it was decided by the local constabulary that the death was a murder, her detective instincts kick in and she is on the case along with Adam who helped her in her first amateur detective round. The Officer in charge of the case knows how Adam and Fran work, and is keen for them not to get involved in the police procedures but is also keen to get their insights into what actually happened and behind the scenes goings on which are not always apparent to the police. The murder of a rich businessman in their own home with only a handful of associates present restricts the number of potential murderers but with everyone's alibi being ticked off it is not going to be an easy case to solve. A good cozy with plenty of suspects, lots of twists and turns and a lovely setting as well.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    A country house weekend of wining and dining is the setting for this cosy mystery. Francesca Eve is engaged as the party's caterer, providing fine dining meals and accompaniments. The cooking is well within her capabilities, but her client is ultra demanding, and the guests are even more so. With the end in sight, the housekeeper finds a body and Francesa and her young friend Adam help solve the crime. Adam and Eve have an unlikely friendship, but their individuality and shared curiosity make the A country house weekend of wining and dining is the setting for this cosy mystery. Francesca Eve is engaged as the party's caterer, providing fine dining meals and accompaniments. The cooking is well within her capabilities, but her client is ultra demanding, and the guests are even more so. With the end in sight, the housekeeper finds a body and Francesa and her young friend Adam help solve the crime. Adam and Eve have an unlikely friendship, but their individuality and shared curiosity make them perfect amateur sleuths. A traditionally styled country house murder mystery with some twenty-first-century technological investigative techniques; the cast of suspects is well written, and the plot has unexpected twists and false leads. Like all cosy crime, the protagonists, setting and style have to appeal to the reader, and I find this one an entertaining read. I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Colin Bell

    In this the second book in the series Fran has been hired to cater for a high class weekend, with Adam coming along to help but also to give him some insight into luxury houses for a computer game he is planning. Things go well until a body is found in the library. I haven't read the first book in this series, it had been sitting in my TBR list but I haven't managed to get around to reading it yet. This didn't affect my enjoyment of the book though, but I will have to go back and read it. I did l In this the second book in the series Fran has been hired to cater for a high class weekend, with Adam coming along to help but also to give him some insight into luxury houses for a computer game he is planning. Things go well until a body is found in the library. I haven't read the first book in this series, it had been sitting in my TBR list but I haven't managed to get around to reading it yet. This didn't affect my enjoyment of the book though, but I will have to go back and read it. I did like the pairing of Fran and Adam, the actual hosts and guests did sound like the type of people I'd struggle to get along with as well. Add a world-weary police Inspector, clues that kept me guessing and this made a good cosy mystery. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley, however this did not influence my review of the book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    julie

    Death at the dinner party is book 2 to death by candlelight Francesca ‘fran’ eve has a catering business goes to Claremont house to work when Keith chapman the man of the house is murdered eve and Adam smith her sleuthing sidekick will they find out who murdered mr chapman before someone else gets murdered A really good read and enjoyed the story and characters if you love a good sleuth book you will definitely enjoy this book Thank you netGalley and thank you Bookouture and emma Davies for a rea Death at the dinner party is book 2 to death by candlelight Francesca ‘fran’ eve has a catering business goes to Claremont house to work when Keith chapman the man of the house is murdered eve and Adam smith her sleuthing sidekick will they find out who murdered mr chapman before someone else gets murdered A really good read and enjoyed the story and characters if you love a good sleuth book you will definitely enjoy this book Thank you netGalley and thank you Bookouture and emma Davies for a really enjoyable mystery read I just reviewed Death at the Dinner Party (The Adam and Eve Mystery Series Book 2) by Emma Davies. #DeathattheDinnerParty #NetGalley

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Catering to the ostentatious rich can be murder. Frann Eve and her friend's son Adam are embroiled in a murder for the second time in their cooperative association. Fran is there to cater for a couple of days and Adam is there for research in the process of computer game development but brought along his lock picks and tiny gadgets anyway. When the body is found Fran notifies the DCI who believed her last time and they began their parallel investigations. Including the theft of a valuable painti Catering to the ostentatious rich can be murder. Frann Eve and her friend's son Adam are embroiled in a murder for the second time in their cooperative association. Fran is there to cater for a couple of days and Adam is there for research in the process of computer game development but brought along his lock picks and tiny gadgets anyway. When the body is found Fran notifies the DCI who believed her last time and they began their parallel investigations. Including the theft of a valuable painting! Loved this fairly lighthearted whodunit! I requested and received a digital ARC of this book from Bookouture via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  21. 4 out of 5

    zoe Hitchen

    Glad to see Fran and Adam back in the second book in the series. Fran is a caterer, and has got a high brow job at Claremont House the home to the Chapmans. Adam is also along for the weekend he’s conducting some “research” for a project he’s involved in. All is going well until Keith Chapman is found dead. Fran and Adam put their investigation skills to the test and are soon in the thick of it. I really enjoyed this book Fran and Adam have a special bond and relationship and this adds a different d Glad to see Fran and Adam back in the second book in the series. Fran is a caterer, and has got a high brow job at Claremont House the home to the Chapmans. Adam is also along for the weekend he’s conducting some “research” for a project he’s involved in. All is going well until Keith Chapman is found dead. Fran and Adam put their investigation skills to the test and are soon in the thick of it. I really enjoyed this book Fran and Adam have a special bond and relationship and this adds a different dimension to the story. The pace is steady and it makes for an enjoyable read. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture.

  22. 4 out of 5

    julie

    Death at the dinner party is book 2 to death by candlelight Francesca ‘fran’ eve has a catering business goes to Claremont house to work when Keith chapman the man of the house is murdered eve and Adam smith her sleuthing sidekick will they find out who murdered mr chapman before someone else gets murdered A really good read and enjoyed the story and characters if you love a good sleuth book you will definitely enjoy this book Thank you netGalley and thank you Bookouture and emma Davies for a rea Death at the dinner party is book 2 to death by candlelight Francesca ‘fran’ eve has a catering business goes to Claremont house to work when Keith chapman the man of the house is murdered eve and Adam smith her sleuthing sidekick will they find out who murdered mr chapman before someone else gets murdered A really good read and enjoyed the story and characters if you love a good sleuth book you will definitely enjoy this book Thank you netGalley and thank you Bookouture and emma Davies for a really enjoyable mystery read

  23. 4 out of 5

    CJ Eve

    So this is the second book in this exciting new series and just like the first one I loved it! Reminiscent of a modern day Miss Marple & Jessica Fletcher. Adam & Eve have developed an unlikely partnership and under the guise of Eves catering business there detective skills come to life as they are thrown into the clutches of another murder investigator (nothing like some amateur sleuthing in my opinion) Great to see the character development and relationship between Eve & Adam developing. A crac So this is the second book in this exciting new series and just like the first one I loved it! Reminiscent of a modern day Miss Marple & Jessica Fletcher. Adam & Eve have developed an unlikely partnership and under the guise of Eves catering business there detective skills come to life as they are thrown into the clutches of another murder investigator (nothing like some amateur sleuthing in my opinion) Great to see the character development and relationship between Eve & Adam developing. A cracking entertaining read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ritter Ames

    Terrific follow up to the first in series! This is the second Adam & Eve mystery, and I'm totally hooked on the series. The books can be read as standalones, but I'm glad I read them in order as I gained a better understanding of the main characters and their shared dynamic that way. The first book was great fun and a well plotted mystery, but I truly think I loved this one even more. Nicely done and kudos to this author. I couldn't put it down, and I can't wait to read the next one! Terrific follow up to the first in series! This is the second Adam & Eve mystery, and I'm totally hooked on the series. The books can be read as standalones, but I'm glad I read them in order as I gained a better understanding of the main characters and their shared dynamic that way. The first book was great fun and a well plotted mystery, but I truly think I loved this one even more. Nicely done and kudos to this author. I couldn't put it down, and I can't wait to read the next one!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    Death at the Dinner Party by Emma Davies. The Adam and Eve Mystery Series Book 2. Francesca Eve, caterer extraordinaire, has come to Claremont House to work for the cream of society. but then a Keith Chapman man of the house is murdered. Who killed him? Will Fran and Adam find out who it is before another body is found? A really good read. Good story and characters. Although I did guess who it was there was a twist in it. I'm looking forward to the next book. 4*. Death at the Dinner Party by Emma Davies. The Adam and Eve Mystery Series Book 2. Francesca Eve, caterer extraordinaire, has come to Claremont House to work for the cream of society. but then a Keith Chapman man of the house is murdered. Who killed him? Will Fran and Adam find out who it is before another body is found? A really good read. Good story and characters. Although I did guess who it was there was a twist in it. I'm looking forward to the next book. 4*.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Jackson

    Death at the Dinner Party is the second book in the Adam and Eve Mystery Series and it is even better than the first. I love seeing the development of the characters and it kept me entertained from start to finish. Even though it is the second book in the series it can easily be read as a standalone book but I would recommend reading the first one as that was also a great read. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my ARC.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen Fan

    I had such a good time with Fran & Adam! This read like a very gentle, updated Christie novel with the country home setting and the characters. First book in this series for me, but Fran and Adam were fun to follow along as they solved the mystery. I greatly enjoyed that our duo actually sleuthed and solved the mystery, as opposed to just stumbling into the answer.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gea

    This second book in the Adam and Eve mystery series was even better than the first. The amateur sleuth duo of caterer Eve and helper / game designer Adam find themselves in the middle of another murder mystery, this time at a large country house. There are lots of twists to keep Adam and Eve trying to work out who is the murderer when they believe the police have arrested the wrong person.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Neely Powell

    I thoroughly enjoyed this British cozy. The amateur sleuths, Adam and Eve are very likable snd believable. Fran is catering a big dinner party at the country home of a wealthy developer. When he’s found dead the morning after the successful dinner, no one can leave the estate. This is one you’re gonna want to keep reading.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yamil

    This is the second book of the Adam and Eve Mystery Series. I liked it better than the first! The characters are great, especially Adam and Eve. This is a funny cozy mystery that will keep you entertained throughout.

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