Rating: 5 stars out of 5
A Romantic Cosy Mystery Trilogy by author Dahlia Donovan on a cosy mystery adventure in Grasmere Cottage. With love, wit, and a murder to solve, life for Valor and Bishan is about to get bloomin’ complicated in this sweet gay romance that covers three stories and will leave you wanting more.
The stories appear together under one cover in paperback format at Hot Tree Publishing, also separately in all eBook formats wherein lies the rub for me. See, I was lucky to read it as one story (still not sure how the author and publisher gave me the paperback version in e format). Cal them. Because read in one flowing story? The best thing ever!!
I didn’t realize they were actual separate stories until I went back to the author to beg her to write more Grasmere Cottage cosies. That’s when I found out these were three stories not one and this couple was, at least, temporarily on hold for more. But after reading these amazing tales you will see why I’m holding out for the trilogy to turn into a series. Why Valor and Bish have captured my imagination along with my heart.
Especially when the author hooks them up with one really ugly serial killer intent on destroying their hard won love and sanctuary in Grasmere Cottage. Oh what a marvelous couple Dahlia Donovan has created here. Unusual and perfect for each other, each with their own fascinating back histories and personalities that when mixed together become a complex, highly intelligent, loving, and absolutely unique crime fighting couple.
Talk about your layers! Valor Tarquin Scott, tossed out of the family (for being gay) highly bred society son, now running a niche bakery and living happily with Bish in what his family refers to as his grubby little cottage. Bishan Tambol, autistic, has been able to turn his love of music into a career with the London Symphony Orchestra. That together with their cat, and a love of the stories of the detective Poirot given them a contented and lovely life together. Plus the support of Bish’s huge family too.
Then the killer strikes in their garden and nothing is the same.
Donovan’s character of Bish, his struggles with his autism, especially once his routine’s are destroyed when the killer infiltrates their lives is incredibly realistic and often painful. You’ve come to care so quickly for this pair and Bish. And to see how shattered Bish becomes at points just hurts. And how amazing when he finds his strength and methods to cope to work the puzzles to help find the killer. And Valor too is just that splendid bundle of depth and determination that makes you to just cheer him on, him and Bish naturally. To push through all the vile threats of not just a murderer but that of Valor’s family also intent on derailing his life for their own purposes as well.
This book, oops, these books truly have everything to keep you glued to the pages. A plot that will keep you guessing right up until the end, so many twists and turns that the suspense is a white knuckle read all the way, so much heart and love because the relationship is just so endearing. And finally, because these are people/characters you may never have met before, loving each other, and succeeding to vanquish evil and live happily, we assume, ever after in Grasmere Cottage. Fighting the righteous gnome/frog wars!
Really, Dahlia Donovan! If for no other reason. I need more gnome/frog wars!
So pick these up. They will do great things for your heart. Stupendous characters who love each other in a cottage complete with cat and crazy neighbor. The plots are terrific, the writing marvelous, and all things combined…makes these the cosies of your heart. Don’t miss out. I highly recommend them one and all.
Book Covers: Claire Smith. I love the covers for the whole series. Fun, out of the box for an english cozie but this artist has always surprised me and continues to do so. I like it.Grasmere Cottage Mystery Trilogy by Dahlia Donovan Paperback Hot Tree Publishing
Dead in the Garden (Grasmere Mystery #1):
Dead body in the garden? Check.
Mystery to solve? Check.
Police focused on the wrong person? Not good.
All grown up and graduated, Valor Tarquin Scott, son to Earl and Countess Scott, owns The Ginger’s Bread, a biscuit shop, in Grasmere in the Lake District. The love of his life, Bishan Tamboli, has turned his music studies into a successful career playing with the London Symphony Orchestra. It’s a perfect life with their cat, spending evenings watching Poirot on the television.
The nightmare begins with one dead former schoolmate, leading police to believe Bishan is responsible.
Valor struggles to solve the cryptic puzzles left behind in a race to prove Bishan’s innocence.
He can’t help wondering how far the body count will rise before they manage to stop the killer.
Dead in the Pond (Grasmere Cottage Mystery #2)
Killer on the loose? Check.
Frogs in the garden? Check.
Playing a twisted game with a killer? Not good.
Bishan Tamboli struggles to recover from his false arrest. He worries the police still aren’t as convinced about his innocence. With his longtime boyfriend, Valor, at his side, he intends to solve the puzzles and catch the murderer amongst their former schoolmates.
He’s fought hard for his independence as an autistic and refuses to throw it all away because of a nameless monster. With friends and family in the killer’s crosshairs, Bishan fears the mystery will bring the end of everything and everyone he loves.
Book Details: Kindle Edition, 120 pages
Expected publication: October 13th 2018 by Hot Tree Publishing
Series Grasmere Cottage Mystery #2
Dead in the Shop (Grasmere Cottage Mystery #3) :
Deadly fire? Check.
Fear-induced heart attack imminent? Check.
Time running out on them? Not good.
Valor Scott wants nothing more than to enjoy life in his little cottage with his boyfriend. The shadows of a serial killer continue to haunt him, though. He only wants the living nightmare to end. He battles one catastrophic event after the other, intent on bringing his loved ones through to the other side safely.
As their killer finally comes out into the open, Valor finds himself face-to-face with an obsessed murderer intent on destroying everyone in their path.
Edition, 121 pages
Expected publication: October 20th 2018 by Hot Tree Publishing
SeriesGrasmere Cottage Mystery #3