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Title:
Death in Elysium : a Jodie Welsh mystery
Author:
Cutler, Judith, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First world edition.
Publication Information:
Sutton, England Severn House, 2014.
Physical Description:
220 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary:
Highflying city career woman Jodie Welsh was prepared for a dramatic change in lifestyle when she met and married the Reverend Theo Welsh, settling down to an entirely new kind of life as the wife of a country vicar in the picturesque village of Lesser Hogben. But if she thought life as a city deal-maker was tough, nothing could have prepared her for the emotional rollercoaster of local church and village politics. As a newcomer, Jodie encounters hostility and disapproval from several of the villagers, particularly in her efforts to engage and assist Lesser Hogben's disaffected youth. When a local lad Jodie employed to help in her garden disappears, along with Jodie's expensive camera, everyone around her is inclined to assume the worst. Only Jodie and the missing boy's friend Mazza are convinced of his innocence.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780727883964
Format :
Book

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Introducing unconventional rector's wife and amateur sleuth Jodie Welsh in the first of a brand-new mystery series
Highflying city career woman Jodie Welsh was prepared for a dramatic change in lifestyle when she met and married the Reverend Theo Welsh, settling down to an entirely new kind of life as the wife of a country vicar in the picturesque village of Lesser Hogben. But if she thought life as a city deal-maker was tough, nothing could have prepared her for the emotional rollercoaster of local church and village politics. As a newcomer, Jodie encounters hostility and disapproval from several of the villagers, particularly in her efforts to engage and assist Lesser Hogben's disaffected youth.

When a local lad Jodie employed to help in her garden disappears, along with Jodie's expensive camera, everyone around her is inclined to assume the worst. Only Jodie and the missing boy's friend Mazza are convinced of his innocence. But Burble's disappearance marks the start of a series of disturbing incidents which escalate in intensity - until the body shows up, and Jodie must use her well-honed negotiating and networking skills to unmask a ruthless killer.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Cutler, who writes the Lina Townend and Frances Harman series, introduces a new sleuth, Jodie Welch, formerly a high-powered London executive but now married to the Reverend Theo Welch and adapting to a much quieter life as the vicar's wife in the small country village of Lesser Hogben. Considered an outsider, she faces hostility and disapproval after she begins working with disaffected youth in the community. When Burble, the young boy who was helping Jodie with her garden, disappears along with her expensive camera, everyone assumes the worst. Only Jodie and the boy's friend, Mazza, think that he is innocent. Jodie, her retired police officer cousin, and Mazza set out to clear Burble's name and find explanations for other unexplained, possibly nefarious incidents that have occurred in the town. British cozy fans will enjoy Jodie and her motley crew of unconventional investigators, Holmesian irregulars among the village set.--Bibel, Barbara Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

This sparkling first in a new traditional series from Cutler ( Double Fault ) stars Jodie Welsh, a rich business whiz, who moves to rural Kent to marry a widowed minister. Jodie adapts to life in Lesser Hogben (Not even Greater Hogben), keeping a London pied-à-terre that allows the newlyweds a little privacy. When Jodie hires a local lad called Burble to help take care of her garden, some of the church busybodies disapprove, but Jodie has a do-gooding impulse to make a difference in the life of the disaffected youth. She lends Burble an expensive camera, and asks him to take pictures for a new website--and then Burble and the camera go missing. What initially appears to be just a bit of nicking soon grows more ominous when mysterious remains are found and a suspicious fire is lit. A tight plot complements the diverse and entertaining cast of characters. Fans of Katherine Hall Page's Faith Fairchild series will find a lot to like. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Josephine Harnett never thought she would end up as a vicar's wife. She made a lot of money working in computers and was quite happy. But when Jodie met Theo Welsh, she was willing to fall in love and leave London. Now, she tries to help the village of Lesser Hogben, from hiring a ne'er-do-well to work in her garden to raising money to support the village and parish church. But many of the townspeople view her assistance as meddling. One morning, while out running, Jodie stumbles across some illegal activities and begins to investigate. Unfortunately, after she lends her camera to her young gardening assistant, the former is found damaged and the latter dead. After two attempts are made on her life and the rectory burns down, Jodie is tired of the runaround she receives from the parish committee and takes action herself. VERDICT Prolific British author Cutler (Cold Pursuit; Shadow of the Past) launches a refreshingly different contemporary cozy series with a very unconventional amateur sleuth, a successful middle-aged career woman who trades her London life for marriage, a country vicarage, and murder. The caustic vibe will draw in fans of M.C. Beaton and Alan Bradley, but the focus on local-community atmosphere and its "veddy" British characters recommend it to Jan Karon and Ann Ross readers. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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