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The Cat and the Corpse in the Old Barn

Sometimes you just want a classic mystery novel to escape into – one that you know won’t feature too much violence or darkness, but will transport you into another world. Kate High’s debut, The Cat and the Corpse in the Old Barn, does just that. Set in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, the novel introduces Clarice Beech: animal-lover and amateur sleuth. Having been married to a detective inspector for many years, Clarice has always found crime investigations intriguing, and when she inadvertently discovers a dead body whilst searching for a missing cat, she feels compelled to discover the local woman’s killer. The novel is a beautifully written, cleverly plotted whodunnit with a cast of brilliant characters (including numerous cats and dogs) and a gorgeous rural setting. It’s deliciously comforting, without being cosy or twee, and is the ideal crime novel to curl up in bed with after a long day.

Look out for the second book in the series, The Man Who Vanished and the Dog Who Waited, which is coming out in May.

Hannah Wann