BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – The Flower Show Murder (Monica Noble #2) by Faith Martin #mystery #crimefiction @joffebooks @faithmartin_nov

Thank you to all the wonderful Bloggers who helped with the launch of THE FLOWER SHOW MURDER your help is very much appreciated,

What the bloggers thought:

Loopy Laura

We are provided with plenty of suspects and led to make assumptions about them: a clever misdirection by the author to keep us on our toes whilst reading! Read more here

The Word is Out

DCI Jason Drury is soon on the case, sifting through countless suspects and motives. I like the fact that he plays the main part in running the investigation and that much of the action centres on him and his sergeant. Read more here

Nicki’s book blog

There is always a good plot to keep the grey matter active. A little humour along the way and characters so well described that you can see them in your minds eye. A wonderful page turner and a clever entertaining plot. Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

Another well crafted mystery from this author! The main characters are finely drawn, secondary characters are unique, some quirky, lending an air of credibility to the story. Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

The whole thing is an easy read and very enjoyable and one wonders, yet again, at the range of humanity which is displayed in a village. The evil, the sweet, the egotistical and the ambitious etc are all on parade for our enjoyment. Another triumph for Ms Martin! Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Reading ‘The Flower Show Murder’ was like being on an unpredictable and slightly scary rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns that you would find on a ‘Snakes & Ladders’ board.  Some of the twists I guessed and some of them I didn’t. Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

There are no shortage of suspects and this story is a busy, yet quick read that kept me guessing until the end. I was very surprised as to who the killer was. Read more here

Discover a new series of murder mysteries set in an idyllic English village. From million-selling author Faith Martin.

Meet Monica Noble: the vicar’s wife with a taste for solving crimes.

Please note this book was first published as “UNHOLY WHIFF OF DEATH” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.


Monica Noble is thrilled to be asked to judge a neighbouring village’s flower show, even if she can’t tell a begonia from an azalea!

Her fellow judge Vicar James Davies inhales deeply from a large bloom and drops dead in the tent. At first everyone thinks he’s had a heart attack, but the doctor on hand is suspicious and calls in the police.

A second murder quickly follows, this time of one of the main suspects.
Monica must help the Chief Inspector Jason Dury to solve the two murders and find the killer —fast, before anyone else pays the ultimate price.

This is the second of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with great characters and baffling crimes which will keep you gripped till the final page.

MONICA NOBLE was widowed young, leaving her to raise her feisty daughter on her own. That is, until she met and fell in love with Graham Noble, a country vicar (pastor), who enticed her to leave her high-flying job in advertising in the city and move to the Cotswold countryside. There she found bucolic life very pleasant indeed — until murder started to rear its ugly head. And she discovered, to everyone’s surprise, that she had a flair for solving the most unholy of crimes.

FAITH MARTIN is the million-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE and JENNY STARLING mysteries, which have topped the global best-seller charts.

More MONICA NOBLE mysteries coming soon. Join the Joffe Books mailing list to be the first to hear about the next in the series.


My Review

This is the first Monica Noble book I have read so I can confirm they work perfectly as stand alone.

Monica is a vicar’s wife with a teenage daughter from a previous relationship. 

Carol Ann is studying for exams that will pave the way to university but she also aspires to be a model.  She wants to hate her stepfather, Graham, but really likes him although she will never admit it.  She brings a little humour to the book as we read of Monica’s struggles to keep her under control.

Monica wants a quiet life and is happy just being a Vicar’s wife but she usually finds herself tangled up in murder cases much to the annoyance of DI Drury.

It is the annual Flower Show in the quiet Cotswold village and the competition is fierce not only among the entrants but also among the judges with each wanting the most prestigious category to judge.

When Vicar James Davies drops dead after smelling a rose the village is deeply shocked.  Among them is a murderer but who is it?  As DI Drury sets about the task of interviewing all the attendees he is not too happy to find Monica Noble among them.  Can he unravel the clues to the murder before Monica?

This is a very interesting story full of interesting, unique characters with many twists, turns and shocks all the way to the very unexpected ending.  This is a book that readers of Cozy Mysteries will absolutely love.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers: Joffe Books for the advance copy.  This is my unbiased review.

Faith Martin author bio

Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the university city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time.  The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style ‘whodunits’ under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.  

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