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    Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. You'll be gripped from the first second to the last. These classic-style mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is, and look out for some real twists and turns. 

    Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective. 

    Jenny Starling is catering the 21st birthday party of upper-class twins Alicia and Justin. 

    She arrives at their parents' country house and is immediately met by the police. A young man has drowned in the pond. Was it an accident or murder? 

    But the birthday party goes ahead. Then, just after midnight, everyone gathers for a champagne toast...and one of the guests falls down dead. The police are baffled, and there is a whole party full of suspects. 

    When it comes to someone adding the extra ingredient of poison to her own precious recipes, Jenny isn't going to take it lying down. She has a reputation to protect. 

    Jenny Starling won't stop until the murderer is found. 

    Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey and J. R. Ellis.

    Please note this book was first published as Birthdays Can Be Murder under Faith Martin’s pen name, Joyce Cato.

    ©2019 Faith Martin (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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    • Nicole Gant
    • 24/02/2020

    VERY easy to guess the murderer and fat shaming

    So this mess you could see a mile away. You know who it was 1/4 into it. Also, this author kept talking about how fat the main character was. I mean won’t shut up about it. Having to choice a steady chair for her size... and all of that. Really? According to the author she’s a size 18. I’m a size 16 and I don’t break any damn chairs. C’mon.
    This author needs to about the sh*te of all plot not the size or the character.

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    • barbara
    • 17/01/2020

    The Birthday Mystery

    This is the first mystery book I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the cooking and the way the murder was solved, with lots of guessing as the story unfolded. The narration was very good.

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    • rileyfrmdallas
    • 22/06/2020

    Too Many Points of View

    This book was not bad, but I didn't think it was that good either.... the main issue I had with it was that it switched POV from one sentence to the next. Not one scene to the next, or one chapter to the next. You were literally in Person A's head for their thought/sentence, and then in Person B's head for their thoughts/sentence, and sometimes Person C would chime in, too. Too many POV's that didn't contribute to the story. I just didn't care for that type of storytelling.
    Story on the whole was ok, a bit slow at times. I did not see "whodunnit" early on as others say they did (and I read a lot of mysteries). On the whole the book was a bit "meh" for me.

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    • Chantal Noordeloos
    • 16/05/2021

    Great protagonist AWFUL writing

    I actually liked the very beginning. The main character was a sexy sassy curvy cook who accidentally got involved in murder mystery. What’s not to like? I don’t expect a really high standard from murder mystery novels, but I expect better than this. The head hopping I can forgive. I could have even forgiven the repetition if everything else would have been well written, but it wasn’t. The descriptions were too over the top. I got sick of the cook being described as Junoesque and sexy all the time (we get it) and all the characters seemed to have the same facial expressions over and over again. They all seem to need emotion regulation therapy too, because they were all over the place.
    I got really sick of how everyone was adoring everyone else too (especially the main character)
    Then there was the main character who seemed to be more psychic than sleuth. She managed to make deductions about people she barely knew with little to no evidence. It was just lazy writing all round. The motive for the killer was nothing short of ridiculous. There are plenty of good murder mysteries around, go read those. This one is annoying and badly written. The narrator is really good, so that’s at least a positive

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    • Fat Freak
    • 10/03/2020

    Easy

    Classic English murder mystery. Lots of suspects, evidence and theories. Wasn't fooled, figured out the murderer from an old Perry Mason episode. Putting the pieces together from there figured out motive, a bit more tricky but obvious. Love Faith Martin books, well written and always a challenge.

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    • Katina
    • 11/06/2021

    Overall I give this book 4 stars because it was a

    good listen but I give the story 3 stars because the killer was obvious pretty early on.