Darjeeling and A Deadly Disappearance:
A British Cozy Mystery with a Female Sleuth
(A Waterwheel Cafe Mystery)
2nd in Series
Setting – Cotswold, England
Kanga Press (September 5, 2023)
Paperback : 220 pages
ISBN-10 : 1915413486
ISBN-13 : 978-1915413482
Digital ASIN : B0C4BGVLCJ
A canceled wedding. A runaway bride. Can a community cop find the frightened fiancée before the church bells ring?
With her sister’s nuptials nearing, Sergeant Keya Varma plans to dazzle in a drop-dead gorgeous outfit. But when the venue double books and cancels the ceremony, her sibling wonders if she’ll ever tie the knot. Taking the plunge to plead for help, they visit the other bride, dismayed to find she’s just disappeared.
Desperate to track down the wife-to-be, Keya identifies sinister suspects all with a hand in the marriage. As her enquires continues, she questions whether it’s really a shotgun wedding rather than a match made in heaven.
Can Keya untangle the mystery in time to give her sister the Big Day of her dreams?
Sergeant Keya Varma is in the midst of some exciting things. Her cafe at Akeman’s Antique Center is getting close to opening and her sister, Zivah is getting married in just a few days.
Then Zivah’s plans go severely awry when she learns her venue has been double booked and she needs to find another place fast that will understand her Indian culture and traditions. Keya thinks they should first contact the other bride to see if she would change her date. When she does she learns the bride is not in control of her wedding, her soon-to-be inlaws are.
Not one to give up Keya wants to try again but when she arrives at the bride’s cottage she finds that the young woman has disappeared. Keya has a bad feeling so she calls in a missing person and an investigation is opened. She soon has a lot of questions and talking to the bride’s family raises even more.
Will she find the young woman? Will she get married? Will she find a way for her sister to have the wedding day she deserves?
I have enjoyed every book I have read by Victoria Tait. But when I read Keya’s prologue I should have closed the book and moved on. Instead, I was intrigued and I always find Keya so entertaining I just kept reading.
The more Keya delved into Natasha’s life the more my heart started to break. I know the signs and they were all there. Keya and her sister are such kind souls and empathetic. Keya did lose it one time and I may not have agreed with everything she said I understood her need to do so. I also didn’t agree with the coroner’s conclusion of the case but he may have done so to make it easier for her family. I can tell you no matter how a child dies it is never easy.
The subplot of the armchair detectives/reporters was so true to life. People trying to gain their fame by capitalizing on the pain and distress of others is so frustrating. At times people do have information about an investigation but spying and sneaking around trying to make a story out of something they know nothing about only hurts people and can take the police away from pertinent information.
Keya Varma is a wonderful protagonist. She is a little bit klutzy but she has a huge heart and great instincts. That is what makes her a grand Rural Enforcement Officer and it will serve her well as her cafe becomes the go-to place in the area.
Darjeeling and A Deadly Disappearance really tugged on my heartstrings. It is very well-written and is filled with engaging characters. I am looking forward to Vanilla Chai and A Vanishing Victim because I know there are some happy things happening for Keya and her family. I just hope my heart isn’t tested so much. Vanilla Chai and A Vanishing Victim will be available on January 5, 2024.
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About Victoria Tait
I was born and raised in Yorkshire, UK, and never expected to travel the world. I’ve drawn on my experiences following my military husband to write cozy murder mystery books with vivid and evocative settings. My determined female sleuths are joined by colourful but realistic teams of helpers, and you’ll experience surprises, humour, and sometimes, a tug on your heartstrings.
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Earl Grey and Shallow Graves is the first book in The Waterwheel Café series. If you’ve enjoyed the Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series, then you’ll love meeting some of your favourite characters and making new friends in Victoria Tait’s intriguing British cozy mystery.
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