*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Mary Brown receives an invitation to a funeral. But she has absolutely no idea who the deceased is. She’s told that he invited her on his deathbed, and he’s very keen for her to attend, so she heads off to a dilapidated old farm house in a remote part of Wales. When she gets there she discovers that only five other people have been invited to the funeral. None of them knows who he is either.
NO ONE GOING TO THIS FUNERAL HAS EVER HEARD OF THE DECEASED. WHAT IS GOING ON??
Then they are told that they have 20 hours to work out why they have been invited in order to inherit a million pounds.
Who is this guy and why are they there? And what of the ghostly goings on in the ancient old building?
Featuring Mary Brown, star of the Adorable Fat Girl series of books, in her greatest adventure yet.
This is BOOK NINE in the series, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone book or as part of the series.
The blurb is correct that this book can stand completely alone – no previous knowledge of the characters or history was needed (although I suspect it will be a lot of fun to fill myself in on books 1-8 anyway!).
The main character and ‘adorable fat girl’ is Mary Brown and I love her! She is kind, curious and generally very easy to identify with (from one AFG to another). She isn’t too good to be true though, and has her moments of petty jealousy or self-doubt, making her realistically human.
The book is written in a light-hearted style that is smooth and easy to read, and trips along at a brisk pace. For the most part the plot resembles, as Mary herself notes, an Agatha Christie murder mystery, except that the assembled gang are trying to identify the dead body rather than a murderer. And sadly they are pretty useless at it…Poirot or Miss Marple would have come in really handy had they been around!
Interspersed with the muddling sleuths are chapters set in the past, that allow the reader insight into what is really going on and let us tie the clues together in a way that the characters really can’t. These chapters add emotional depth to the otherwise warm tone, featuring an unhappy life and some closely held secrets.
My only quibble with the book was that I felt a little disappointed in the reveal. The big mystery build-up was fantastic and I don’t want to spoil anything but I felt that all the work that went into the planning fell a little flat when it became clear what was at stake and the reasoning behind events.
Still Mary had me hooked, and the sneaky mystery left dangling enticingly at the end ensures that I’ll be checking out the sequel to find out what happens next! This is a great read for fans of light-hearted mysteries with an adorable main character.
“All the information will be sent to you, Ms Brown, along with tickets and a generous expense allowance, taxis will be booked to take you to the accommodation and you will be compensated for any loss of earnings.”
“Right,” I said. “It still seems odd though. And can I just ask you something?”
“How did you know I was Mary Brown? I didn’t give my name to the receptionist.”
“Because you were the only one who hadn’t rung.”
“The other five people who are coming to the funeral have already phoned up.”
“Oh, OK. What did they phone up for?”
– Bernice Bloom, Adorable Fat Girl and the Mysterious Invitation
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