Banana Devil Cake written by Susan A King, publisher Lightning Books, is available NOW in ebook format.
Banana Devil Cake
With the murder of last year’s fête judge now but a hazy memory, the village of Elmesbury has retired to its former tranquil existence. That is, until a mysterious newcomer sets in motion a series of events that will see members of the W.I. crossing wooden spoons at dawn.
In the midst of preparing for her long-awaited engagement party, redoubtable village busybody Beattie Bramshaw not only finds herself embroiled in a one-woman campaign to save the elm tree from which the village gets its name, but having to contend with an outbreak of unrest within her beloved W.I. group. Rivalry to win favour with the judge of this year’s fête has fuelled dissent within the ranks and, when two members are found dead in mysterious circumstances, suspicions run rife.
Confident the devil is not only in the cake but in the detail, Beattie determines to uncover the clues that will ultimately lead to the killer’s conviction. But can she solve the mystery before another member of the W.I. is picked off?
Banana Devil Cake is a comedy crime caper in the spirit of Agatha Raisin and one that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. Prepare yourself for a tale of tea, cake and riotous goings-on from the author of Marrow Jam.
Author Bio –
Susan A. King lives with her husband in a quiet suburb in Hampshire. Between them they have four grown-up sons.
The inspiration for her Beattie Bramshaw novels comes from her long experience and observation of competitors at the local Romsey Show, where she regularly aspires to win Best in Show with her floral arrangements.
I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating Banana Devil Cake (Book Two in the Beattie Bramshaw Mysteries) and also Marrow Jam (Book One in the Beattie Bramshaw Mysteries) written by Susan A King. You can find my review for both books here: Beattie Bramshaw Mysteries by Susan A. King Double Review @SusanKing63 @EyeAndLightning #bookreview #cosycrime | kraftireader (wordpress.com)
As I had previously read both books in the series I have the great pleasure of inviting the author to my blog with a Q & A spot:
Q: I loved both Marrow Jam and Banana Devil Cake where did you get the inspiration for the premise of the storyline?
Thank you, I’m so pleased you enjoyed them. The idea initially came to me when I entered a floral display at a large show held annually close to where I live. Overheard conversations and whispers between competitors caught my ear and from there my imagination took over. How far would someone go to win top prize?
Q: Beattie’s character is very multi layered, one minute you loathe her the next you love her. Did you have this in mind when devising the characters?
Spot on! I wanted to create a character people would remember, someone quite loud and with a seemingly hard exterior but who actually has quite a soft centre.
Q: I’ve noticed we share a love of tea, it goes perfectly with reading. What is your go to cuppa and what is Beattie’s favourite cuppa?
I drink tea from the moment I wake until well into the evening. My favourite is good old PG Tips decaf but I think Beattie would prefer to tell people she drinks something a little more exotic, perhaps a Lapsang souchong.
Q: The books are set in the late 1990’s, why did you choose this decade?
It seemed right for the characters and the world I had created in my mind. Had the answers Beattie needed required a simple google search on her home PC or she could text friends instead of visiting them, I don’t think the village and the relationships between people would have had quite the same feel.
Q: What’s next for Beattie?
Beattie is preparing for the wedding of the century (in Elmesbury at least) and, of course, everything is being checked and double-checked down to the minutest of detail. But when someone in the village is murdered in the lead up to her big day, she determines to uncover the identity of the culprit in super quick time. But will she?
Q: I’d love to see the Beattie Bramshaw mysteries as a televised comedy drama, who would you like to play Beattie?
That would be a dream come true! Whoever plays her will probably have to gain a few pounds, but I’ve always thought Patricia Routledge would make an excellent Beattie.
Thank you for your questions, they really made me think (whilst enjoying a cup of tea of course).
Thank you so much Susan for joining me on my blog today. I can definitely imagine Beattie drinking Lapsang Souchong in a vintage china tea cup and I always look forward to a wedding.