My first review of the day is on the blog tour for The Matinee Murders by Jeannette de Beauvoir; book 6 in the Sydney Riley Series.  I’m delighted to be the closing stop for this fab and easy to read murder mystery….

book blurb & info

It’s time for the Provincetown International Film Festival, and wedding planner Sydney Riley has scored a coup: her inn is hosting the wedding of the year. Movie star Brett Falcone is to marry screenwriter Justin Braden, and even Sydney’s eternally critical mother is excited. The town is overflowing with filmmakers, film reviewers, film buffs, and it’s all the inn can do to keep up with the influx of glamorous celebrities and host their star-studded events.

But when Sydney opens a forbidden door in the mysterious Whaler’s Wharf, she discovers the body of a producer—and a legion of unanswered questions. Who strangled the innocuous Caroline Cooper? What dark force followed Brett and Justin from LA? Why is her boss Mike tense and double-checking every room at the inn? And is Mirela really leaving P’town forever? Sydney and her boyfriend Ali need to find the answers fast before another victim takes a final bow.

Published by: HomePort Press on 1st June 2020

Formats available: Paperback (287 pages) & eBook.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US


my thoughts

The Provincetown Film Festival is about to start but that isn’t the only big event happening in P’town….the celebrity wedding of the year is also happening; and Sydney is the wedding planner in charge.  But as the final preparations are put into place, Sydney stumbles across a body – not only a producer but also one of the wedding party.

Sydney, who has become known as the Miss Marple of the area, starts looking into the murder with her boyfriend Ali.  But then someone else is found murdered…..But can Syndey and Ali find the killer before anyone else dies? And is Sydney safe sticking her nose in where it’s not wanted?

This is the first book I’ve read in the Sydney Riley series and I found it enjoyable and easy to read, with a good sense of mystery.  The fact that I hadn’t met the characters before didn’t make a difference, making this perfectly ok to read as a standalone.

I actually really liked Sydney, and having worked in events and wedding planning before, found myself really identifying with her.  I love the fact that she’s so nosy and just wants to help solve the murders – quite the Jessica Fletcher!  I’m not sure if it’s because I haven’t met Ali before, but I actually didn’t warm to him very much.  He came across as quite cold, and despite the fact that they don’t live together, I didn’t find him very loving!  There are quite a few other characters throughout the book, and with so much going on, I don’t feel like I invested too much in them as I was keeping up with the mystery (rather than the individual characters stories).

The plot was good and the story well paced.  I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and was fully engrossed in finding out the who and why!  Provincetown sounds like a lovely little place, and the film festival sounds crazily busy; I could just imagine what it would be like filled with celebrities everywhere!

Overall, this is a fab murder mystery with some brilliant characters and an interesting plot.  I’d definitely like to find the time to go back and read the rest of the books in the series.  So if you’re looking for your next whodunnit style murder mystery, then check this out.  Recommended by me.



about the author

Award-winning author Jeannette de Beauvoir writes mystery and historical fiction that’s been translated into 12 languages. A Booksense Book-of-the-Year finalist, she’s a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the National Writers Union.

All her novels are firmly rooted in a sense of place, and her delight is to find characters true to the spaces in which they live. She herself lives and writes in a cottage in Provincetown, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and loves the collection of people who assemble at a place like land’s end.

Find out more (and read her blog and sign up for her newsletter) at You can also find her on FacebookInstagramPatreonMedium, and Goodreads.

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Thanks to Emma for inviting me on to the tour, and to Jeannette and the publisher for gifting me with a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

I’d love to hear from you if you’ve read the other books in the series, so drop me a line!

Back soon with my final and exciting review of the day!

Chelle x

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