Harwin's heroine, Catherine Penny, is a bit different from the main characters in many cozy mysteries. She isn't some sweet little grandma. She has an attitude, is headstrong and opinionated. It's an enjoyable series set in and around Oxford, UK.
A really fun read, especially if you have read the first in this series (this is number two).
The characters are stock, and almost too cliche to be believed, but the detail of village life and a intricate murder make it worthwhile.
As much as I loved the first Far Wychwood mystery, I disliked this one. The main character just went totally bonkers and out of character so many times, it made me tired. Not recommended.
I just finished this after reading the first in the series. I have to admit that the retired librarian, Cathryn Penny, is a bit thorny. Ok, mabey a bit MORE than a bit. But for some reason I like these books. Maybe it's because they're very British in spite of the American protagonist. Also it might be because they're a little off beat for the average cozy. Anyhow, suit yourself. I still like them.
2nd in a new series by a really good writer who sets her story in a small English village.
This is the 2nd book in the Far Wychwood sereis. It takes place in a small English Village here a sscholer at Oxford's Mercy College is found murdered
2nd in the Far Wychwood series. Catherine came all the way to this small English town to start a new life away from her unfaithful ex- husband. When he arrives in town with his new lady love, she can't seem to avoid him when family matters and murder keep throwing them together.
Second in a delightful series about divorced mom/gramma Catherine Perry - an American woman transplanted to Far Wytchwood England where she finds plenty of trouble. This time one of the other professors at her son-in-law's college is killed, the murder is pinned on her son-in-law. Complicating the situation, her ex-husband and his new girlfriend are also visiting.
This is the first far Wychwood mystery I've read and I quite enjoyed it. I'll read more of this series.
Librarian and former New Yorker Catherine Penny has already sleuthed out the truth behind a deadly house fire since settling in the tiny English town of Far Wychwood. But nowhere is too far for painful memories to find her when her ex-husband, who left her single in her sixties, arrives with his new lady love to attend a family affair.
Patricia Harwin does it again. Having introduced a "charming, compassionate" heroine in Arson and Old Lace, she shows once again in Slaying is such Sweet Sorrow why an American woman in her sixties in an old English town can unearth a whole lot of trouble.
Having solved out the truth behind a deadly house fire in Arson and Old Lace, Catherine Penny has to deal with painful memories of the ex-husband who not only abandoned her for another woman after 30 years of marriage, now he has brought her to England to visit their daughter who lives not far from Catherine. Catherine can't avoid him and his lady friend at the award ceremony for her son-in-law to be chosen as appointment to be the head of his department at Oxford College, but finds that none of the past matters when a pompous, womanizing scholar is found murdered with Peter standing over his body and arrested for his murder. Catherine has to find the real killer and help her daughter get her family back together again, as well as deal with the ex-husband and his "barbie" doll girlfriend.
A fun read and Catherine as a great heroine. Tricia harwin does it again with this delightful new series.