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Thursday, 11 August 2011
‘A Fatal Fall of Snow’ by Joyce Cato
There is also little warmth from the unhappy inhabitants, united only by their hatred of Stanley Kelton. His sons Bert and Bill, his daughter Deila and his grandson Jeremy all seem cowed by Stanley Kelton, even his own brother Sid Kelton, with whom Jenny strikes an immediate rapport.
As Jenny cooks and watches she learns quickly of the unhappy situation at Kelton Farm mostly from her own observation but also supplemented by comments from the daily Mrs Jarvis. The murder was a surprise, I was not expecting it, I had somehow transported myself to Cold Comfort Farm and I was so caught up in the characters, their lives and situation that the murder took me totally unawares, and I thought for a moment that it must be a mistake!
The investigating officer is Inspector Moulton, and it soon becomes apparent that it’s his first murder case. His side-kick Sergeant Ford seems to have something about him, but Jenny fears if she is to get out of this blighted farmhouse after Christmas she may have to solve the murder herself.
Joyce Cato has created a wonderful protagonist in Jenny Starling. Although clearly rooted in reality she has a certain Mary Poppins quality that is both endearing and scary- her encounters with the gander had me holding my breath.
This is the second book featuring Jenny Starling, and whilst I greatly enjoyed the first one this is even better. I can’t wait for the next instalment in the cooking assignments of Jenny Starling.