The Last Supper: The irresistible debut novel where cosy crime and cookery collide! (Prudence Bulstrode)

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The Last Supper: The irresistible debut novel where cosy crime and cookery collide! (Prudence Bulstrode)

The Last Supper: The irresistible debut novel where cosy crime and cookery collide! (Prudence Bulstrode)

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No, no. It was circumstances. And so it was almost like a cry for help. Nothing to do with suicide, in a way. It was to do with crying for help. Her mother, already with three children of her own, adopted a fourth child. ‘There was something wrong with her. She needed the adulation. She had a challenging mental problem. She was born with it; genuinely born with it. I don’t know where it came from. Everybody knew what was going on in our home but nobody could do anything about it. Nobody intervened. Rosemary Shrager has created a welcome addition to the ranks of female amateur sleuths. The Last Supper is a witty, light-hearted mystery, in which the author has served up a tasty treat' Simon Brett The book reads like an ITV 4 murder mystery and can be long winded, even although it is a shortish book and there are certainly paragraphs that feel like they are there to make up a word count. The guests were just as I expected and an unlikeable bunch except for Richard, after all you don’t see many vegetarians at a shooting weekend where they plan to eat their spoils. I must also make a special mention of the lilac spandex and fur coat wearing Constable Littleton who never failed to amuse.

Rosemary Shrager has created a welcome addition to the ranks of female amateur sleuths. The Last Supper is a witty, light-hearted mystery, in which the author has served up a tasty treat’ Simon Brett What I found unforgivable and I’m sorry to say it forced me to not finish the book, were the inaccuracies from shoddy research. The whole game shooting angle, fundamental to the story, was wildly inaccurate and portrayed in a very negative way. I found that particularly surprising for someone who presumably loves to cook game. The Last Supper is a charming, hugely entertaining book. Retired chef Prudence Bulstrode is cranky, stubborn and insightful; an utterly brilliant creation. I can’t wait to see what she gets up to next’ M W CravenHow scary. Christmas is one of the worst times for people when they’ve a family to feed; presents to do; when there are expectations all around. It is the worst time, honestly, in the world because you feel such a failure. For me, that is the time I try so hard to help people.’ A Golden Age classic for the modern era – Rosemary Shrager has come up with a recipe to die for’ Anton Du Beke

Hers was a childhood of boarding schools, nannies, and a John Nash house in Regent’s Park, with garden cascading down to the old canal. The supporting characters, especially Suki (Prudence's granddaughter), work well together and help to enhance the story when Prudence is brought to Farleigh Manor in light of an old rival's untimely death. Was it natural causes that took Deirdre Shaw's life? Or was murder on the menu? Called in to rescue the shooting party's reunion weekend, and cook up a feast, all is not as it would appear at Farleigh Manor.

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A great yarn - Shrager knows her food and she's cooked up a storm. . . Rosie can write and Prudence Bulstrode is here to stay' Miriam Margolyes'Think bolshy Mrs Beeton meets Miss Marple, our rambunctious heroine, Prudence, hilariously stomps her way through a riotous and unpredictable plot. When Deirdre Shaw is found dead in a rhubarb patch at the Cotswolds manor house, Farleigh Manor, near Nutwood St Knowle where she was catering for a prestigious shooting weekend, Prudence gets involved in the investigation after being offered the chance to take Deirdre's place as the caterer. It's about to get a sensational present too. Because, the more she scratches beneath the surface of this manor and its guests, the more Prudence becomes certain that Deirdre Shaw's death was no accident. This is not a book for the squeamish or non meat eaters as the foodie descriptions can be very descriptive and the telling of the blood sports is not for the faint of heart.

A great yarn - Shrager knows her food and she's cooked up a storm. Murder is the main course but the side dishes fascinate. A fascinating conclusion - Rosie can write and Prudence Bulstrode is here to stay. I look forward to more in this series.' Miriam Margolyes

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The Last Supper is undeniably Rosemary. Her slightly admonishing tone was apparent throughout and the character of Prudence was a delightful nod to Prue Leith with her brightly coloured glasses and plastic jewellery. I liked Prudence, and if you have ever seen any of Rosemary Shrager’s programmes then you will most definitely see her personality in Prudence and if I am honest I quite often heard her voice every time the character spoke. She had a no-nonsense approach to everything except when it came to her granddaughter who she clearly loved and at times quite possibly overindulged. Suki is your typical teenager who doesn’t want to take life seriously but despite her initial complaints she seems to quite enjoy spending time with her gran and loves digging into the mystery of the past of Farleigh Manor and the events of the past certainly made things both more interesting and more complicated. A Golden Age classic for the modern era - Rosemary Shrager has come up with a recipe to die for' Anton Du Beke

I look forward to more in this series.' Miriam Margolyes'I've long admired Rosemary as a woman of many talents. It’s all a bit too cosy for me – I prefer my crime to be really dark and grisly – but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Probably more so because I was reading with my online book club and we had a laugh exchanging comments. Nothing really original here, but entertaining nonetheless. Prudence and her aversion to Suki’s use of modern technology did start to grate after a while and I was wishing she would shut her mouth and open her ears to what Suki was trying to tell her. Suki may have been a bit of a liability at the start with her behaviour but her and her friend Numbers were putting the work in behind the scenes to solve not one but two possible murders. When word reaches Prudence that Deirdre has died in the middle of a private chef job and she is wanted to finish the job Prudence jumps at the chance as she smells something fishy in the manner of Deirdre death.. bringing her grand daughter Suki along for the ride to investigate..Think bolshy Mrs Beeton meets Miss Marple, our rambunctious heroine, Prudence, hilariously stomps her way through a riotous and unpredictable plot. Witty, warm and so enjoyable' Jo Brand Well, yes, maybe Rosemary/Prudence would make an unlikely crime-solver – although fictional murderers can't buy a simple chainsaw from a DIY store nowadays without falling over an older female amateur detective. (Wouldn’t personally try a lethal pair of pruners from a garden centre, either.) I've long admired Rosemary as a woman of many talents. I just hadn't realized that writing is one of them. The Last Supper has pace and style and a very interesting cast of characters' Richard Vines



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