Armed with a handbag and fuelled by cake, Annabel Churchill is a mature yet tenacious private detective. Together with her quirky sidekick, Doris Pemberley, she’s determined to solve mysteries and chase down criminals in the sleepy English village of Compton Poppleford.

1932. Growing bored in the autumn of her years, Londoner Annabel Churchill decides to buy a private detective agency in a Dorset village. The purchase brings with it the eccentric Doris Pemberley and it’s not long before the two old ladies have their first case.

No one has made more enemies than the local busybody, Mrs Furzgate, but when she suffers a fatal fall at Piddleton Hotel everyone assumes it was an accident. The detective duo, Churchill and Pemberley, suspect murder and are soon on the case. But is it possible they’ll upset even more people than Mrs Furzgate managed to?

With the subtlety of two bulls in a china shop, Churchill and Pemberley employ unconventional sleuthing techniques. What appears to be a shortcoming is actually a skill: being consistently underestimated enables them to spring a clever surprise.


I loved this series from the first page! In fact, it was probably the first line that really got me. The tone is absolutely perfect for a cozy mystery. Both Mrs Churchill and her new assistant Pemberley are distinctive from the first time we meet them, and you will adore spending time with them. The mystery element is pitched perfectly and I loved following Mrs Churchill’s investigations. She really reminded me of Agatha Raisin who even though she charges in and ends up insulting people, you can’t help but love her!


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