This afternoon I’ve got a review for you on the blog tour of Blooming Murder by Simon Whaley, a cosy crime with fab characters, a gorgeous setting and some cheeky carry-on type humour……

about blooming murder

Title: Blooming Murder
Author: Simon Whaley
Genre: Cosy Crime
Series/Standalone:Standalone First Book in the Marquess of Mortiforde Mystery series
Estimated page count: 364
Formats available: Paperback and eBook.
Publisher: Simon Whaley (21 May 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources


Aldermaston’s having a bad day. A falling hanging-basket has killed the town’s mayor, and a second narrowly missed him. His wife wants him to build her new greenhouse in three days, and some nutter is sending him death threats.

This isn’t the quiet life he expected as the new Marquess of Mortiforde.

It’s the annual Borders in Blossom competition, and Mortiforde is battling with Portley Ridge in the final. But this is no parochial flower competition. The mayor’s mishap looks like murder, and there’s another body in the river. Someone desperately wants Portley Ridge to win for the fifteenth successive year.

So when a mysterious group of guerrilla gardeners suddenly carpet bomb Mortiforde with a series of stunning floral delights one night, a chain reaction of floral retaliation ensues.

Can Aldermaston survive long enough to uncover who is trying to kill him, and why? And can he get his wife’s greenhouse built in time?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

Aldermaston is getting used to his unexpected position as the new Marquess of Mortiforde, and with the renowned annual Borders in Blossom competition imminent he doesn’t realise what is about to befall him…… Firstly the Mayor of Montiforde is killed by a falling hanging basket, secondly his wife wants him to clear his diary for the week and put her greenhouse up, and thirdly, he’s started to receive death threats…..

He finds himself in a lose-lose situation – he has to help Montiforde win the competition this year or he’ll lose his position in the village, but if he does, he’s life is under threat.  What will he do? And then overnight two of the villages roundabouts are transformed by a group of unlikely guerrilla gardeners which sets off a whole chain of events…….  Will Montiforde finally win the competition? How many more lives will be lost in the battle? And will Aldermaston make it through alive?

To me this came across Midsummer Murders meets a Carry On film! The storyline is fantastic and intriguing but there are.lots of floral sexual innuendo’s and cheesy humour.  Some of it wasn’t particularly to my taste; I think you need a particular sense of humour although there were a number of times when the escapades had me chuckling.  I particularly enjoyed the guerrilla gardeners!

The characters are fab, although there is definitely a lot of female empowerment in this (which is great!).  Aldermaston comes across as a bit wet at times, and if it wasn’t for his trusty sidekick Lisa, I’m not sure he would have figured anything out!  I’m glad his wife Felicity finds a new lease of life in this too.  Letty is fantastic and definitely one of my faves.  Others I didn’t quite warm to (but I don’t think you’re supposed to) and some will shock you!

The setting is gorgeous.  A small, cosy village which is described perfectly, and with the gorgeous flowers in bloom, really gives you a great picture of what you should be imagining.  And the plot is brilliant, and unexpected!  This is definitely a book that shouldn’t be taken too seriously, and if you’re looking for something light-hearted then you’ll enjoy this.

So if you’re looking for a new cosy crime with some fantastic characters, great plot and wonderful setting, and don’t mind a bit of cheesy, carry on type humour then you will absolutely love this.  It’s a perfect book to sit with in a gloriously, bright and floral garden!

about the author

Simon Whaley is an author, writer and photographer who lives in the hilly bit of Shropshire. Blooming Murder is the first in his Marquess of Mortiforde Mysteries, set in the idyllic Welsh Borders – a place many people struggle to locate on a map (including by some of those who live here). He’s written several non-fiction books, many if which contain his humorous take on the world, including the bestselling One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human and two editions in the hugely popular Bluffer’s Guide series (The Bluffer’s Guide to Dogs and The Bluffer’s Guide to Hiking). His short stories have appeared in Take A Break, Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special, The Weekly News and The People’s Friend. Meanwhile his magazine articles have delighted readers in a variety of publications including BBC Countryfile, The People’s Friend, Coast, The Simple Things and Country Walking.

Where to find Simon online: Twitter | @simonwhaley ~ Facebook | SimonWhaleyAuthor

follow the tour

Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Simon for my copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

See you again soon!

Chelle x

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