ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: The Body at Rookery Barn by Kate Hardy

Publication Date: October 24, 2023
Format: audio 
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Narrator: Tamsin Kinnard

Publisher: Dreamscape Select
 8 hours 4 minutes
Buy: Kindle | Audio


Widowed Georgina Drake has no regrets about moving to beautiful, sleepy Little Wenborough in rural Norfolk. Until she opens the door to her guesthouse and finds the dead body of her latest guest, irritable university professor Roland Garnett. And on top of that she’s suddenly hearing a woman’s voice through her hearing aids.

Completely shaken by the discovery, Georgina can hardly believe it when the police conclude that 
Professor Garnett was poisoned, with a dinner delivered by Georgina herself. Is she about to be accused of murder? Georgina needs to pull herself together, try to ignore the distracting voice, and clear her name!

Asking around, it seems Roland Garnett offended half the village during his three-week stay and made unwelcome advances to the rest. But who was provoked enough to poison him? Georgina’s best lead is the deadly oleander found in Roland’s system. Her gardener, Young Tom, had access to the plant, but before she can talk to him Tom becomes the killer’s next victim.

As the crimes mount up, so do the clues, but does Georgina have what it takes to follow them to their conclusion? Even when her amateur sleuthing puts her next in the killer’s sights…?


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This was a great cozy mystery.  Georgina is retired and still grieving the sudden death of her husband.  She has moved out to the country away from her kids who worry about her. When she discovers the body of her tenet who died under suspicious circumstances they are even more worried. 

Georgina also starts hearing voices in her hearing aids. She isn't sure what or who it is. With all these mysteries she sets out to find out more about the tenet and his movements.  The police however would rather she stay out of it.  

As she meets others in the village she realizes that if the culprit isn't caught soon it could destroy all of their business with rumors and gossip.  With the help of her new friends they start making discoveries that may help the police but also get them in trouble. 

Great narration, plausible story line and fun characters.  I really enjoyed everything about this book.  It is also currently free on kindle unlimited. 

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