Sunday, August 16, 2020

Review: Fowl Murder: A Cozy Mystery with a Determined Female Amateur Sleuth (A Kenya Kanga Mystery) by Victoria Tait (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Fowl Murder: A Cozy Mystery with a Determined Female Amateur Sleuth
(A Kenya Kanga Mystery) by Victoria Tait

About Fowl Murder

Fowl Murder: A Cozy Mystery with a Determined Female Amateur Sleuth (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kanga Press (July 21, 2020)
ebook, 190 pages
Digital ASIN: B089RRXBC1

A shooting on the savannah. A tragedy she’d rather forget. When past and present collide, will she survive to see her future?
Kenya, 2016. Semi-retired vet Rose Hardie just wants to enjoy her golden years and care for her disabled husband. But her peace of mind shatters when a forgotten confidant returns and reopens a case where Rose pulled the trigger. With her memories of the poacher’s shocking death flooding back, she barely catches her breath before her childhood friend is brutally murdered.

Braving blackmail and entrenched corruption, the tireless woman dives headfirst into helping the victim’s son solve the crime. But when the lead suspect is killed, Rose’s plans for a peaceful life end up dead and buried…

As her own traumatic history unravels, can Rose catch a killer before she becomes the next victim?

Foul Murder is the first book in the compelling Kenya Kanga Mystery series. If you like determined heroines, unpredictable twists and turns, and vivid African settings, then you’ll love Victoria Tait’s pulse-pounding tale.
My Review

Rose Hardie may be semi-retired, but she has a full plate on her hands. She works part-time as a vet and she takes care of her disabled husband. She’s stunned when an old friend returns to Kenya and catches up with Rose. Rose isn’t all that thrilled to see her since the last time they were together, Rose was responsible for the death of a poacher. It brings back terrible memories, but when her friend is murdered Rose is shocked.

At the request of her friend’s adult son and the local police commissioner, Rose conducts her own investigation into the murder. Rose’s past continues to haunt her as she gets hit with a blackmail scheme to add to her troubles. However, she vows to solve this murder no matter what she discovers in the process.

This is the first book in the new cozy mystery series “Kenya Kanga Mystery”. I really enjoyed the Kenya location as it is a bit different than a typical cozy mystery. The author painted a vivid picture and made me feel like I was actually there.

The characters have strong personalities and are well-written. I always enjoy the older protagonists. They are usually no-nonsense and on top of things. Rose is no exception.

The storyline is fast-paced with a few twists and turns along the way. I admit, I did suspect the culprit but I wasn’t sure of the details behind it. Still, I was engrossed trying to figure things out and finding out the reasons for everything. It felt very much like an Agatha Christie book to me.

I’m looking forward to reading book #2 and seeing what situation Rose gets into next.

For reading challenges:
Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2020
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2020

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the publisher and author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Victoria Tait

Victoria Tait is an exciting new author launching her Kenya Kanga Mystery series.  She’s drawn on 8 years living in rural Kenya with her family to transport her readers to a world of curiosity, community and conspiracy.  The Kenya Kanga Mystery series brings to life the beauty of the Kenyan landscape, the magic of its wildlife and the warmth of its people.
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  1. I hope this comment goes well..But I'm happy about the novel's premise, I think it's great to be retired and still do adventures like the character in the novel.

    1. Thank you. Older characters have a depth of knowledge and worldly experience but that also comes with baggage. I hope you enjoy the book.

  2. The Kenya Kanga Mystery series sounds very engaging! Rose sounds like a terrific character. I'd love to read this book and learn more about beautiful Kenya. Thank you very much for hosting this generous giveaway.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it. You can also download a free novella at

  4. This sounds like a fun cozy and I think the setting is part of what makes it interesting. The protagonist sounds like she's a strong woman!

    1. Thank you for kind words. Setting is important to me as I believe it helps immerse the reader in the story. A shout at to strong older women!

  5. Yvonne, thank you for your review and for hosting Fowl Murder on your blog. Best wishes Victoria Tait


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