Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for Hattie Goes to Hollywood by Caroline James, which is available now (links below).
About the book
A Cumbrian Village… Three suicides… A red-hot summer…
Join super-sleuth Hattie as tempers and temperatures rise in the Cumbrian village of Hollywood. With mischief and shenanigans aplenty, will Hattie discover the truth?
A funny and intriguing mystery – the first in a new series by Caroline James
When recently bereaved Hattie Mulberry inherits her aunt’s dilapidated cottage in the village of Hollywood in Cumbria, she envisages a quiet life. But retired hotelier Hattie is bored and when her neighbour asks her to investigate a suspicious suicide, Hattie’s career takes a new direction and H&H Investigations is born. During the hottest summer for years, Hattie discovers there have been three recent suicides in Hollywood and she determines to find out why. Temperatures rise as she throws herself into village life and, with mischief and shenanigans aplenty, Hattie has her work cut out. But will she establish the truth?
Hattie Goes to Hollywood is the first in a new cosy murder mystery series by Caroline James.
Hattie is an engaging lead who wastes no time after moving to Hollywood in romancing the local landlord, renovating her new/old house and picking up the local gossip. Caroline James has created a varied crop of both charming and charmless resident characters and describes hot summer life in a cosy village, masking the tensions running below the surface.
Hattie manages to both don her deer-stalker and turn sleuth and to get herself into various scrapes and embarrassments as she settles back into village life. The set-up reminded me a little of both MC Beaton‘s Agatha Raisin and Simon Brett‘s Fethering mysteries, although Hattie is far less prickly and far more likeable than Agatha or Carol. Plus, I loved Drake! 🙂
If you enjoy a cosy mystery with a feisty lead, comic escapades and some sexy shenanigans you will enjoy this promising start to a new series.
Thank you to Caroline James for my copy of Hattie Goes to Hollywood and to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the tour.
Giveaway to win a cuddly Drake toy!
Be in with a chance to win Drake, Hattie’s faithful pet duck!*
Tall, Drake & Handsome.
A gorgeous soft toy who will be your friend for life.
(Competition open internationally)
About the author
Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, which includes talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer’s & Journalists and the Society of Authors and writes articles and short stories, contributing to many publications. In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.
Books: Coffee Tea the Gypsy & Me, Coffee Tea the Chef & Me, Coffee Tea the Caribbean & Me, Jungle Rock, The Best Boomerville Hotel, Hattie Goes to Hollywood.
About the Blog Tour
Please check out the rest of the fab bloggers on the tour for Hattie Goes to Hollywood:
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