Welcome! Today I’m pleased to be helping to open the Blog Tour for Haircuts, Hens and Homicide by Stephanie Dagg which is available now (links below).
About the book
Megan finds mayhem when she arrives in France to bury her Gran and sort out her affairs. She expected difficult encounters with civil servants and red tape but not with wandering chickens, an imperious policeman and a dead body. Together with her unlikely new friend, the elderly and grumpy Alphonse and his canine equivalent, Monsieur Moustache, Megan becomes involved in investigating the fowl-related foul play that’s at work in this sleepy part of rural France. She’s helped but mainly hindered by the people she comes across. These include the local mayor, who wants Megan to stay and set up a hair salon in his village to help keep it alive. There are the cousins Romain, the gendarme, and Nico, the clumsy but hunky farmer. They have always clashed, but do so constantly now that Megan is on the scene. Michelle, Romain’s terrifying ex who wants him back, appears along the way, as does Claudette, a wheelchair-bound old lady, and Kayla, Megan’s best friend, who is hugely pregnant but not above taking on the forces of French law and order when Megan finds herself the prime suspect after Alphonse is stabbed. There’s excitement, humour and lots of ruffled feathers in this rom-com slash cosy mystery, the first in a projected series.
Haircuts, Hens and Homicide is a fun, easy-going and well-written cosy.
I really enjoyed this book, even though it was slightly outside of my normal comfort zone, being much more comic, fish-out-of-water / gentle rom-com than murder mystery.
Although the mystery aspect of the book is relatively light, its main joy is seeing Megan settle into small-town French life – avec des poulets – and meeting its cast of, variously, huge, handsome, haughty, homicidal, charming, clumsy and coiffure-ly-challenged residents.
Megan is good fun and relatable, Romain, Nico, Obelix and Alphonse are all adorable in their own way, and Monsieur Moustache – what a brilliant name!
There are amusing scenes, some laugh out loud one-liners and a lot of heart-warming, feel-good elements. Megan’s experiences reminded me of parts of Tony Hawks’s non-fiction A Piano in the Pyrenees, which I love.
Stephanie Dagg’s first book in this series is a funny and entertaining read and, given the minor couple of cliffhangers at the end, I’ll be interested to see what happens next to Megan in Perms, Pigeons and Poison!
Thank you to Stephanie Dagg for my copy of Haircuts, Hens and Homicide and to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the blog tour!
About the author
I’m an English expat living in France, having moved here with my family in 2006 after fourteen years as an expat in Ireland. I now consider myself a European rather than ‘belonging’ to any particular country. The last ten years have been interesting, to put it mildly. Taking on seventy-five acres with three lakes, two hovels and one cathedral-sized barn, not to mention an ever increasing menagerie, makes for exciting times. The current array of animals includes alpacas, llamas, huarizos (alpaca-llama crossbreds, unintended in our case and all of them thanks to one very determined alpaca male), sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys, not forgetting our pets of dogs, cats, zebra finches, budgies , canaries, lovebirds and Chinese quail. Before we came to France all we had was a dog and two chickens, so it’s been a steep learning curve. I recount these experiences in my book Heads Above Water: Staying Afloat in France and the sequel to that, Total Immersion: Ten Years in France. I also blog regularly at http://www.bloginfrance.com. I’m married to Chris and we have three bilingual TCKs (third culture kids) who are resilient and resourceful and generally wonderful. I’m a traditionally-published author of many children’s books, and am now self-publishing too. I have worked part-time as a freelance editor for thirty years after starting out as a desk editor for Hodder & Stoughton. Find me at http://www.editing.zone. The rest of the time I’m running carp fishing lakes with Chris and inevitably cleaning up some or other animal’s poop.
About the Blog Tour
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