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The Last Supper

It’s February, it’s cold, it’s dark… it’s still winter, but never Christmas, so banish those blues by tucking into this delicious debut novel from celebrity chef and national treasure Rosemary Shrager.

A lifelong fan of crime fiction, whether in books or on TV, during lockdown Rosemary wondered whether she had it in her to write a crime novel… and it seems she has! The Last Supper is the result and it features retired celebrity chef Prudence Bulstrode (a character not unlike Rosemary herself) and her long-suffering sous-chef and granddaughter Suki (a character not unlike Rosemary’s real life granddaughter, Suki).

Part Agatha Raisin, with a splash of Midsomer Murders and a squeeze of Richard Osman thrown in for added zest, Prudence is a former chef who is now spending her retirement as a private cook, driving around the British countryside in her campervan, staying in fabulous locations and solving the inevitable country house murder mystery.  And the first of these adventures, The Last Supper, is set at Fairleigh Manor in the Cotswolds, where murder is very much on the menu.

Unsurprisingly, Rosemary has already had a storm of praise rain down on her; Jo Brand says, ‘think bolshy Mrs Beeton meets Miss Marple… witty, warm and so enjoyable’ while Miriam Margolyes rates it as ‘a great yarn’. Why not take a read for yourself and chase away the winter blues with a hearty and satisfying murder mystery!

Krystyna Green