Thursday, August 25, 2011

THE COSY KNAVE by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen

Nothing says cosy mystery quite like a murder in a tea room of a quaintThe Cosy Knave English village.

Knavesborough is a buzz as the town’s prodigal son, Mark Baldwin now Sir Marco Bellini, has returned with fame, fortune and a butler in tow after a 40-year absence to Argentina. Sir Bellini, a famous violinist, has come home after an accident and purchased Netherdale Manor.

Sir Bellini hosts a house warming party for the villages to see Netherdale Manor. As gossip has been plentiful, the villagers eagerly attend. Rose Walnut-Whip, a bit of a nosey body, can’t help exploring the many rooms of the manor. However, she soon becomes very ill.

Days later the villagers gather again, this time at the Ye Cosy Knave, a tea room, to watch the latest football match on the large screen. Rose has recovered and joins the crowd. A commotion disrupts among the group when they feel their team was cheated of goal. Minutes later Rose is found dead. She has been stabbed in front of the villagers, yet no one saw a thing.

Constable Archibald Penrose is called into investigate. He finds he’s on his own as his superior, DI Mars-Wrigley is obsessed with England’s chance at the football world cup. Penrose finds help from his fiancée, Rhapsody Gershwin. Being the village librarian and the vicar’s daughter, Rhapsody has her finger on the pulse of the community. 

Another murder occurs and it’s up to Penrose and Gershwin to find the killer before one of them becomes the next victim.

Author Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen’s smooth flowing dialect and vivid details will have you smelling scones and reaching for a cup of tea. The quirky play on names (Kickinbottom, Cadbury-Flake, Warburton, etc.) is an added delight. 

But don’t be fooled, THE COSY KNAVE is also filled with suspense, intrigue and enough red herrings to keep you guessing until the end. There are twists and turns, and a few surprises along the way. Penrose and Gershwin make a charming and likeable pair of sleuths. Can’t wait to see what their next adventure is.

Author Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen’s blog is djskrimiblog

The Cosy Knave by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen, A Gershwin And Penrose Mystery, Self-Published, @2011, ASIN: B005DTNXOI, Kindle Edition, 68,290 Words (Approximately) 

FTC Full Disclosure - This e-book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.


  1. Hi Mason and Dorte .. love the names you've given your characters .. and I'm sure the intrigue within the village makes for a few twists and turns .. an interesting read .. Hilary

  2. Mason - I am so glad you liked The Cosy Knave! Isn't it an absolutely delightful book!? I so much enjoyed it myself and am glad that you did, too.

  3. This book is getting great reviews. Really like the cover.
    And thanks for posting the button for the support group, Mason!

  4. What a great review. I was going to do a review of it tomorrow. I'm so glad you liked it.

  5. Sounds a good read. Thanks for the review.

  6. I'm seeing this book all around. I may be tho only one left who hasn't read it but it's on my TBR honest.

  7. A setting in an English village is always intriguing. Thanks for posting.

  8. Oh, I have struggled so hard this afternoon to mark a pile of essays. Done, and what a nice surprise to find after all the toil!

    Thank you so much for such a fine review, Mason, and thank you to your readers for all your generous comments.

  9. I recently found Dorte's blog and love her photos and attitude!


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