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Murder on the Menu

(The Nosey Parker Mysteries #1)

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The first book in a NEW cosy mystery series!
Still spinning from the hustle and bustle of city life, Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is glad to be back in the Cornish village she calls home. Having quit the Met Police in search of something less dangerous, the change of pace means she can finally start her dream catering company and raise her daughter, Daisy, somewhere safer.

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PamG
Murder on the Menu by Fiona Leitch brings murder, disappearances and some humor to a new cozy mystery series set in the Cornish town of Penstowan. Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker has moved back to her home town after leaving the London police force. Her 12 year-old daughter Daisy wanted her to do something less dangerous so Jodie retrained as a caterer and is going to start Banquets and Bakes, her own catering company. What Jodie didn’t expect is that her first job would be catering the wedding of chil ...more
ItaPixie
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 5-stars

Jodie Parker left London’s cops and her cheating husband to come back to her hometown on the Cornwall coast with her pre teen daughter.
She became a chef and she opened her own catering company and now she is ready to start her new quiet life in Penstowan.
She doesn’t expect, by accepting to carter one of her old friend’s wedding, to be involved in the investigation for a murderer.

Murder On The Menu was such a good read.
I fell into the well thought out plot at the first chapter and I closed the

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Mary
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in a new series Nosey Parker mystery series. Jodie (nicknamed Nosey) Parker has moved back to her hometown in Cornwall to start a new catering business. Jodie was a met police officer in London and decided to leave the force to ease her-daughter Daisy’s worries. She decides to step into a local department store Penhaligon’s and runs into an old friend from school Tony Penhaligon (a boy she dated briefly for 2 weeks as a teenager). He is about to get married and the caterer has ...more
Andie
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am familiar with Fiona Leitch’s other books, Dead in Venice and Murder Ahoy, both which blew my socks off—laugh out loud funny! So, when I heard she’d written a new cozy mystery series, I have to tell you I had very high expectations. I was NOT disappointed. Not only did I find this first book in the Nosey Parker mystery series fantastic, I can’t wait for the next book! This author has a way with words (witty, charming, all of it) that not only keeps you glued to the pages but also laughing ou ...more
Brenda Feinen
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Funny. Smart. Quick enjoyable read.
Jodie moves back to her hometown, Cornwall. After a tense situation, Jodie promises her daughter, Daisey, to leave the police. After finishing chef college, Jodie buys a house and they move.
Shortly after her return, Jodie runs into her long time friend, Tony. He's about to be married, but the caterer bailed. Jodie gets a job - and a mystery to solve.
The morning of the wedding, Tony's ex-wife is found murdered and no one can find the bride.
Determined to prov
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Jennifer
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
This was the first time I have read a Cozy Mystery novel and I really enjoyed it. Right until the end I was wondering who had done it. It had humor, is set in a wonderful location and is good detailed. This was also the first book by Fiona Leitch I have read and I will definitely be reading more as I found out there will be more on Nosey Parker coning soon.

Thank you One more chapter, Netgallery and Fiona Leitch for this ARC.

Book is out 15-01-2021.
Tracy Wood
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You can have the girl leave the police but the police won't necessarily leave the girl! Jodie Parker has policing in her blood but she has given up her job in the Metropolitan Police, retrained, and moved with daughter back to her home town in Cornwall.

All is going well, Jodie has set up a new catering company and has her first clients; old school friend Tony and his bride to be, Cheryl. When a body is found on the morning of the wedding Jodie is introduced to the new Detective Chief Inspector
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Ashley
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars! Wow! This book is AMAZING! It is witty, funny, entertaining, and cozy-mysterious...all with a touch of romance. Whenever I picked up "Murder on the Menu", I was whisked away on an adventure with so many twists and turns that I felt like I was on a roller coaster!

This is the first book in Fiona Leitch's "A Nosey Parker Cozy Mystery Novel" series, and I so hope there will be many more! Her storytelling is simply delightful, and she truly knows how to weave a tale where all of puzzle pie
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Leonie Hinch
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cosy-mystery
Thank you to Netgalley, One More Chapter and Fiona Leitch for my arc of Murder on the Menu in exchange for an honest review.

Published: 15th January 2021

The first book in the Nosey Parker cozy mysteries series, Murder on the Menu introduces us to Jodie 'Nosey' Parker. Recently divorced and having left her job as a sergeant in the Met Police, Jodie has returned to her hometown of Penstowan in Cornwall, to set up a catering business. But things go awry when her first catering job at a grand weddi
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Carol Deegan
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The author has a way of plunging you right into this book and making you want to be right there in the action. Her characters are realistic, but not predictable. There are lots of things happening in the book to make you think you’ve found the guilty party. She also does an excellent job of describing the locations in which parts of the book are set. I especially like the way the main character’s mother and daughter are included in the sleuthing. This is the first book in the Nosey Parker Cosy M ...more
Marianne
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good start to a fresh new cosy series. Jodie (Nosey) Parker has come home to Cornwall after serving with the Met in London. Worried Cornwall will be quiet and boring, she stumbles onto a murder straight away. Having retrained as a chef, she finds it very hard to stick to cooking, and actively ( to the dismay of dishy DI Withers) starts sleuthing. DI Withers has Tony, Jodie’s one-time boyfriend in the frame for murder, but Jodie knows he couldn’t possibly have done it, could he.?
Light and breez
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Zoe M
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jodie's moving again! Back to Cornwall with her daughter Daisy to be closer to her mum. She's left the police force to start up her own catering business. Her first job is for her ex boyfriend Tony but his ex wife is dead and his future wife has gone missing. Will the wedding go ahead and what will happen to all the food?

I love a cozy murder mystery and I was totally drawn into this 'whodunnit'. The story was set in a glorious location. I loved the characters and all the twists. I didn't guess w
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Sandy Barker
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fiona Leitch has launched a must-read series with this fantastic read. I immediately fell in love with the main character Jodie 'Nosey' Parker - her wit, her warmth, and her detective skills! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her family and the townfolk - what a wonderful array of supporting characters. Great descriptions, fast-paced, hilarious, poignant and intriguing - the perfect cosy mystery. I can wait to read the next in the series! ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can you get a better name for an ex Met police officer, now caterer, that may be missing being a policewoman, than Jodie "Nosey" Parker! Jodie is back in her home Cornish village and the nickname has been revised immediately and before long you see just how justified it is.

It is also refreshing for a cosy mystery to have someone who is not a complete bumbling amateur when it comes trying to clear her old friends name, and actually has a good sense about her. But she is also not trusting the loc
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FMSWarrior
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jodie Parker has always been curious, Nosey was her nickname as a child. When she divorces her ex and quits her job with the London Police, she takes her daughter and moves back home to Cornish countryside and she reconnects with many of her old friends. She even gets her first gig catering the wedding of her childhood best friend, Tony and his fiancé Cheryl.

At the rehearsal dinner Tony’s ex wife shows up trying to warn Tony about his intended but ends up just embarrassing herself. When the wom
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zoe  Hitchen
This is a great start to a new series by Fiona Leitch.
Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is an ex met. police officer, she is divorced and returns to Cornwall with her daughter. Jodies has re trained to be a cook/ caterer. She springs in to private investigator mode when her oldest friend is arrested for murder.

This book is fantastic the writing flows easily , there is humour and also some heart felt reminiscing on the main characters part. Jodie is a great character , likeable and also well rounded and very
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Misfits farm
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

The first book in a NEW cosy mystery series! Jodie was in the police before she became a single Mum. Her love of food led her to catering and when an old school friend says that their caterer for his wedding has let them down- this could be the break she is looking for. The day before the wedding there is an argument between the Mrs to be and the Mrs that was (the ex) of the groom Tony. On the morning of the wedding one is missing and one is found dead. DCI Withers appears on the scene and reali
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Tammy
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Murder on the Menu is the first in the Nosey Parker series. When I saw that it was a cozy mystery being offered by One More Chapter, I scooped it up.

Jodie “Nosey” Parker has moved back to her Cornish birthplace with her 12-year-old daughter, Daisy in tow. After a decade as a cop in London and a divorce from her cheating husband, Nosey was anxious for a fresh start and a new career as a caterer.

It doesn’t take long for Nosey to be caught up in privately investigating the murder of her childhood
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Tara Farbstein
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020, arcs
Murder on the Menu is a new, fun cozy mystery series that you will enjoy! Jodie Parker, aka Nosey Parker, is an ex London copper. She and her daughter move to Jodie's hometown in a Cornish village, where Jodie opens a catering business. Her first big job is catering the wedding of her high school friend. However, on the morning of the wedding, a body is found and the bride is missing. Unconvinced that the new, but very handsome, Detective Chief Inspector will find the real killer, Jodie, with th ...more
Claire
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fiona Leitch is a new author for me and Murder on the Menu is the first in a new series of Nosey Parker Cosy Mystery Novels.

I have to say I flew through this book. I loved the main character Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker. She’s an ex met police cop and has returned to her hometown on the beautiful Cornish coast with her twelve year old daughter. Along with her new life back in Cornwall, Jodie has set up a catering business and ends up catering her ex-boyfriends wedding. But when the bride goes missing,
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Nancy
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley, Fiona Leitch and HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter for the ARC of Murder on the Menu. This is my personal review.
I am always on the hunt for cozy murder series. I am so happy to find this series The Nosey Parker Mysteries and the author is one I have never read before. I was hooked from page one.
Jodie Parker – nickname Nosey – quit her job with the London police force and moved with her daughter back to her hometown.
She opens a catering company, and her first job is for an
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Roz
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable first in a new cozy mystery series by Fiona Leitch.

We are introduced to our heroine, Jodie (aka Nosey) Parker, who has left the bright lights of London and her job at the Met to return to her childhood home in Cornwall and a new life as a caterer and chef.

As in all of these types of mysteries Jodie finds herself almost immediately immersed in local life and offering to cater for the wedding of an old school pal and one time love, Tony.

At the party pre the wedding the bride, who h
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Jean
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full of humour, laugh out loud cosy murder.

Jodie returns to her home town in Cornwall with her 12 year old daughter after giving up her job with the MET police.
Her first job is catering for her old boyfriend Tony's wedding, then Tony's ex wife ends up dead at the venue.
Jodie finds it hard keeping her nose out of trying to find the murderer.

A great read full of humour and great lovable characters definitively recommend this lovely cosy murder book, looking forward to reading more of her books.

Tha
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Sally
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book totally took me by surprise. I have to confess to being a little in the dark about this ‘cozy Murder’ genre and have expected it to embrace gentler and possibly a little blander reads. This one is neither bland nor gentle - it has bounce! From start to finish I totally enjoyed myself! Jodie is an ex-cop turned cook, ex-Londoner now Cornwall dweller. Having been caught up in some dangerous incidents on duty in London, she has promised her daughter Daisy to avoid danger in future. Of cou ...more
Bettina Hunt
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Fiona's writing so I couldn't wait to read this cozy mystery and it didn't disappoint. Great, well rounded characters, a true murder mystery to uncover and a lovely smattering of fun and flirtation along the way too. More please :) Thankfully there are another two books in the Nosey Parker Mysteries, I cannot wait! ...more
Valerie
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked the characters in this book, especially Daisy and her grandmother Shirley. I enjoyed the mystery although I thought it was a bit slow in places. I'd like to see how Jodie and Nathans' relationship develops. I was surprised by who the bad guy was and I liked the scene when it was revealed. #Murder on the Menu #NetGalley ...more
Leanne Fisher
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a new cosy mystery series. I am not familiar with this author and thoroughly enjoyed this book.

It was exactly what you want and expect from a cosy mystery. Wonderfully written characters, funny and charming, witty, fabulous setting and scenery and an easy to follow entertaining storyline.

I will be looking out for boom 2 in this series and I recommend for cosy readers.
Karen
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was exactly as described on the cover - "a cozy mystery novel". In terms of the 'mystery' there were no clues to solve, nothing to work out, no blood, no frenzy - it was a nice story with fun characters to just enjoy rather than participate in - exactly like it said. It was easy reading and light-hearted escapism done well. And, there was plenty to keep you attention in form of the characters and humour.

I particularly loved the family dynamic between the three generations of Parker women,
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Kirstin
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, arc
2.5 ⭐️

Murder on the Menu is the first in the new Nosey Parker cozy mystery series set in Cornwall.

This was a cute story that kept me guessing until the end. Unfortunately, that’s about all I can say about the good points of this book.

Cornwall is such a beautiful part of the world yet all I know about the setting in this book is it’s a small town and there’s a beach. There wasn’t any scene building like you normally find at the beginning of a cozy series. I also felt that, more than not, the sto
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Grace
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Murder on the Menu is the first book in a new cozy mystery series, introducing Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker.

I really enjoyed this easy read and getting to know the characters. It also kept me guessing until the end.

The perfect read and light mystery to escape with!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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Fiona Leitch is a writer with a chequered past. She’s written for football and motoring magazines, DJ’ed at illegal raves and is a stalwart of the low budget TV commercial, even appearing as the Australasian face of a cleaning product called 'Sod Off'. After living in London and Cornwall she's finally settled in sunny New Zealand, where she enjoys scaring her cats by trying out dialogue on them. S ...more

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