Armed with a handbag and fuelled by cake, Annabel Churchill is a mature yet tenacious private detective. Together with her quirky sidekick, Doris Pemberley, she’s determined to solve mysteries and chase down criminals in the sleepy Dorset village of Compton Poppleford.
1932. Growing bored in the autumn of her years, Londoner Mrs Annabel Churchill decides to buy a private detective agency in a Westcountry village. The purchase brings with it the eccentric Miss Doris Pemberley and it’s not long before the two ladies have their first case.
No one has made more enemies than the local busybody, Mrs Furzgate, but when she suffers a fatal fall at Piddleton Hotel everyone assumes it was an accident. The elderly detective duo, Churchill and Pemberley, suspect murder and are soon on the case. But is it possible they’ll upset even more people than Mrs Furzgate managed to?
With the subtlety of two bulls in a china shop, Churchill and Pemberley employ unconventional sleuthing techniques. What appears to be a shortcoming is actually a skill: being consistently underestimated enables them to spring a clever surprise.
Book 2: Murder in Cold Mud