Death at the Cafe
1 in The Reverend Annabelle Dixon Mystery Series)
of pages: 162 pages
Publication date: 24 October 2015
Death at the Café is the first book in the Reverend Annabelle Dixon Mystery
series written by Alison Golden and my first read in the series as well.
It's easy to fall in love with Annabelle from the opening lines.
"Nothing brought Reverend Annabelle
closer to blasphemy than using the London public transport system during rush
She's smart, sleuthing, caring, and funny. It's also
cool in a way to have a main character who is member of the cloth and a woman
That said, I was a bit confused by the idea of a woman
reverend and the idea of reverends in general. I'm not a Christian and I don't
think I've seen a woman reverend amongst Orthodox Christians. But then again I'm
no expert. I quickly got over it.
Back to Death at the Café, the book opens with Reverend
Annabelle Dixon going to meet a friend of hers, Mary, at a café in London, before
the latter heads back to missionary work.
However, when they arrive a woman approaches Mary,
hands her a paper and drops dead. Mary is also set to meet a woman named Teresa
who will supposedly give her funds for the missionary work.
Once the woman drops dead, Annabelle takes her friend
to visit Teresa and discover what is happening.
"Where are we going?"
"Home of Sherlock Holmes,"
Mary added, joviality returning to her voice.
"Perhaps he can help us with this
confounding turn of events!"
Soon after the duo locates Teresa, she ends up dead. And
guess who isn't happy about this and thinks it's too big a coincidence? The police.
"I don't believe anything in my
line of work. I just deal with facts. You have been at the site of two very
similar deaths within the past three hours. The woman at the café died from
poisoning, and I would bet a large chunk of my retirement fund that this Teresa
died from the same poison."
With two deaths, and Mary being framed for them,
Annabelle begin sleuthing and questioning people.
Death at the Café is narrated in third person. Although most of the book focuses on
Annabelle and her viewpoint, one section – or line - was from another perspective
and I felt it was jarring for me.
That said, I loved Annabelle, her pure-heartedness and
Death at the Café also has some recipes at the end
like "Cherishable Cherry Blossom Cupcakes." I'm new to the kitchen
but I'm definitely planning on giving this book's yummy treat a try.
Overall, I fell in love with Death at the Café and finished in a day or two. It's fast-paced, enjoyable, and definitely a perfect start to the series.
Overall rating for Death at the Café
by Alison Golden: 5 stars
Check out my other reviews for Alison Golden books:
The Case of the Screaming Beauty (Book 1 in the Detective Inspector David Graham Mystery Series)
The Case of the Hidden Flame (Book 2 in the Detective Inspector David Graham Mystery Series)
The Case of the Broken Doll (Book 4 in the Detective Inspector David Graham Mystery Series)
The Case of Sampson's Leap (Book 8 in the Detective Inspector David Graham Mystery Series)
Horror in the Highlands (Book 5 in the Reverend Annabelle Dixon mystery series)
Killer at the Cult (Book 6 in the Reverend Annabelle Dixon mystery series)
Witches at the Wedding (Book 8 in the Reverend Annabelle Dixon mystery series)