Title: Truth Will Out (Merrychurch Mysteries #1)
Author: K.C. Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Page Count: 204
Reviewed by: Kristin F.
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5
Jonathon de Mountford’s visit to Merrychurch village to stay with his uncle Dominic gets off to a bad start when Dominic fails to appear at the railway station. But when Jonathon finds him dead in his study, apparently as the result of a fall, everything changes. For one thing, Jonathon is the next in line to inherit the manor house. For another, he’s not so sure it was an accident, and with the help of Mike Tattersall, the owner of the village pub, Jonathon sets out to prove his theory—if he can concentrate long enough without getting distracted by the handsome Mike.
They discover an increasingly long list of people who had reason to want Dominic dead. And when events take an unexpected turn, the amateur sleuths are left bewildered. It doesn’t help that the police inspector brought in to solve the case is the last person Mike wants to see, especially when they are told to keep their noses out of police business.
In Jonathon’s case, that’s like a red rag to a bull….
Blurb summarizes the book quite well so I won’t rehash.
This is my kind of cozy mystery. Quaint setting -in this case Merrychurch, England – complete with a manor house, the vicar and his wife, a tea shop, idyllic country lanes and Ye Old Pub. The village inhabitants are quick to praise and even quicker to condemn, all while holding their own secrets close to hearts.
And all the usual characters are there – the village gossip, the vicar and his wife, the pub owner, the extraordinary baker at the tea shop, the amiable constable, the Detective Investigator with the chip on his shoulder…yup, all our traditional characters accounted for.
What I enjoyed about this book was our main character didn’t go off to confront the antagonist by himself, in a dark place, during a thunderstorm. A peeve of mine in cozy mysteries. The dramatic confrontation was quite satisfactory and what bumped this to a four star review.
I also enjoyed how our main characters – Johnathan and Mike – got to know each other through their actions as they bumped around the village trying to figure out the “who done it”. It wasn’t quite “insta-love”, love was never mentioned, more of a “hey, I really like you…I think we’re compatible,” kinda relationship. It was sweet and endearing.
And, I also enjoyed all the little interwoven mysteries the Village was hiding which came to light during the investigation. Quite well done I thought.
What I didn’t care for was Mike’s sister. Not quite the nosy, tell-all sister/best friend trope, but it sure toed the line. I intensely dislike the sister/friend who tell the prospective boyfriend, “If you hurt him, I’ll cut your balls off…”. Rubs me the wrong way.
And for my mystery readers out there, a heads up that this leaves a bunch of plot threads dangling. Too many to point out here without dropping book spoilers.
Bottom line – an enjoyable, feel good cozy mystery. Great for a trip, or a rainy fall afternoon where you can curl up with your furry four-legged buddy and a cuppa something hot. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.