Veronica Vale Investigates: Book 1
Publication Date: January 16, 2024
A fading star, a puzzling death, and a mystery that must be solved!
Veronica Vale spent a turbulent few years serving her country during the Great War – doing more than her role in the exchange network suggested! Now back on British soil and adjusting to life as an obituary writer for her uncle’s newspaper, while caring for her ailing mother, Veronica has gotten used to a slower (and safer) pace of life.
Excitement comes from fun parties, walks with Benji, her beloved rescue dog, and volunteering at the Dogs’ Home.
When an old family friend, and former superstar of the theatre, Florence Sterling, is discovered dead in her dressing room at the Winter Garden Theatre in London, Veronica is curious to discover what happened to the sweet, funny, ruthlessly ambitious beauty.
Much to the dismay of her sometimes nemesis Inspector Templeton, Veronica is tasked with writing Florence’s obituary. And what she learns will blow the roof off the theatre! That’s if she survives to tell the tale.
If you love witty dialogue, historical glamour, intrigue, and a fast-paced cozy mystery set in 1920s England, then you’ll adore Kitty Kildare’s unputdownable whodunits.
Death at the Fireside Inn is a British cozy mystery by Kitty Kildare and the first book in the Victoria Vale Investigates series. Set in the 1920s, taking us back in time, where we learn more about the friendship between Veronica and her best friend Ruby and their single lives. The descriptions were appropriate to the era, and I liked the multiple stories woven together.
Veronica writes obituaries at her uncle’s newspaper, but some male reporters resent her for taking a job away from a male or veteran. They don’t like that she has her job due to her family connections and overlook that she’s good at what she does and served during the war. We learn about her family a little at a time, and their interactions are touching but filled with delight and sometimes sorrow. Animals were a large part of the story for varying reasons, and her dog Benji went everywhere with her.
The story has a nice flow, and Veronica and Ruby are amateur sleuths trying to help the police solve the murder of the stage actress and legend Florence Sterling. Even when the police think they already have their man! There are a lot of clues throughout, but Veronica seems to be the best at finding them, sifting through them, and piecing them together. The story has twists and turns, and a lot of background and details are woven throughout. There is closure with solving the crime and finding out whodunnit and it wasn’t who I expected.
Death at the Fireside Inn is a British cozy mystery set in 1920s London with fur babies, a murder, and several secrets and clues to figure out whodunnit. Pull up a chair in front of the fire and settle in for a rollercoaster of a ride.
Immerse yourself into Kitty Kildare’s cleverly woven historical British mysteries. Follow the mystery in the Veronica Vale Investigates series and enjoy the dazzle and delights of 1920s England. Kitty is a not-so-secret pen name of established cozy mystery author K.E. O’Connor, who decided she wanted to time travel rather than cast spells! Enjoy the twists and turns.
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