Robbery, Murder and Cups of Tea: A Novella

Robbery Murder and Cups of Tea A Novella In a small English village Ray the supermarket manager wishes he was a private detective When one of his neighbours is brutally murdered he gets the chance to investigate a real crime Unfortunatel

  • Title: Robbery, Murder and Cups of Tea: A Novella
  • Author: Phil Church
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In a small English village, Ray, the supermarket manager, wishes he was a private detective When one of his neighbours is brutally murdered, he gets the chance to investigate a real crime Unfortunately, the hunt for the killer is far from simple, as winter sets in and he struggles to deal with his wife s disinterest, his friend s bungling enthusiasm, a village that willIn a small English village, Ray, the supermarket manager, wishes he was a private detective When one of his neighbours is brutally murdered, he gets the chance to investigate a real crime Unfortunately, the hunt for the killer is far from simple, as winter sets in and he struggles to deal with his wife s disinterest, his friend s bungling enthusiasm, a village that will happily implicate anyone and everyone, and a rising body count.

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    1. I thoroughly enjoyed this short story about serial murder in a village. It has a touch of Midsomer Murders about it, but with far more interesting characters - Ray, a supermarket manager who spends more time drinking tea and trying (unsuccessfully) to solve the recent spate of murders than actually managing anything; his fruit-eating disinterested wife, Laura, who seems more interested in the television than her bewildered husband; supermarket employees Julia and the incompetent Adam plus all th [...]

    2. Madcap, crazy and utterly absorbing The humour in this book is understated but packs a massive punch that could make a manic depressive break out into giggles. Downtrodden Ray is a Walter-Mitty type character, an unexciting guy who runs a supermarket in a sleepy village. Just as he decides to become a detective people start getting themselves murdered – his new career timing is spot on. The delight of the book is the absurdity, plus the colourful characters: Ray’s friend Tony, corpulent, us [...]

    3. This story was utterly charming. Full of subtle British humor and witty dialogue. The quintessential, underdog protagonist, Ray, wanting to add some excitement to his otherwise mundane life, finds himself in the center of a triple murder investigation. Shopkeeper by day, he spends his evenings with his cohorts at the local pub, catching up on all the local gossip about the recent beheading of an aging village spinster. He bumbles along, in true inspector Clouseau fashion, sorting through the mea [...]

    4. njkinny/2014/03/boRay manages a small supermarket store in a small English village where he lives with his wife, Laura who is more interested in watching TV and doing Yoga to give him any attention. Bored with his life and wanting some action, Ray decides to become a Detective and try and solve any cases that happen in his village.Dissuaded by his wife, Ray is suddenly thrown in the midst of action when he discovers the headless body of Miss Stokes while looking out his window. At once the prime [...]

    5. Great fun!I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading and reviewing ‘Robbery, Murder and Cups of Tea’. It’s a slight but highly entertaining novella. One that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It made me smile; at times I laughed out loud. The fact that many of the characters were more than a little odd added immensely to my enjoyment. There’s Ray who manages a small supermarket in a small English village and who appears to spend most of his time drinking tea. When he isn’t propping up the ba [...]

    6. I started and finished this novella in a day. Poor Ray and his desire for a more interesting job, like perhaps a detective, had me giggling at every turn. He bumbles his way through a series of murders that are occurring and his little village, wrong guesses left and right with a band of fellow pub-goers who are willing to help him solve this mystery. Somehow he ends up convincing them that he has found the right killer, only through a comedy of errors. I definitely recommend this book. I've alr [...]

    7. Definitely a short one, but quite enjoyable. An amusing tale of a small village serial killer, it had enough farce to be reminiscent of Tom Sharpe, but without ever going the full distance. Didn't quite feel that all of the plot points were earned, but I forgive a lot for it giving a few laughs. I particularly liked the character of Tony- retired business man alcoholic who spends all his time in the pub, and is straight onto the idea of investigating murder.

    8. This short, rather preposterous murder mystery shouldn't be read for the excitement of digging into a good crime spree but rather for the chance to spend time with some loveable if hapless characters. Church excels at writing affable quirky characters whose lives are centered on the local pub. If you enjoy this quick read, consider his longer novel, Thrift.

    9. This was very quick to read and I liked the easy style of writing. I almost gave up half way through though as I wasn't hugely taken with it and found it quite simple. I continued anyway and hadn't guessed the ending which is good. It was mildly amusing and did make me smile but it's not really one to shout about.

    10. This is a good, fun, easy read. The plot is well thought out and the characters well drawn and sympathetic. Whilst you are reading, the whole thing seems entirely believable, so engrossed do you become.It has some real laugh out loud moments, and all in all is a thoroughly good book. Recommended.

    11. Very funnyThis was a fun book to read. It is full of very dry humor. The villagers at the local Pub form a detective group to solve a group of grizzly murders. So many false leads and crazy situations. I loved it?

    12. This is an entertaining short read. The plot line may be a little implausible but it's well written and the humorous prose makes it a very enjoyable read, it had me chuckling at various points. I would recommend it if you want something light and have a couple of hours to spare.

    13. A slow readLacked action or excitement, seemed to just bumble on for way way too long before reaching a rather blah ending. Might have been the authors intent ' tho.Not putting on my favorite authors list anytime soon.

    14. A silly, light novella that gave me smiles and eye rolls. A middle-aged grocery manager tries to find meaning in his dull life by imagining that he might want to be a detective. Absurd conversations in his local pub and with his self-centered wife ensue. Delightful.

    15. Could totally see Simon Pegg as the main character if this book was ever made into a movie. Quirky, British humor.

    16. I really enjoyed this read, and would happily recommend it. You could easily imagine the character as they exist in most English villages.

    17. SnoreThis was a difficult boom to get though! If I had to sum it up in one wordring! The characters were mind numbing shallow.

    18. I enjoyed this quite a lot: Ray's bewilderment throughout was amusing, but you still sort of feel sorry for him and I liked Adam, too.

    19. Okay so this is a silly amateur detective story just as Ray Wilson is an amateur detective. Everything is silly about this cozy but if you like a quick, fun read, then this is it. ***

    20. This was a light, fast-paced, and fun cozy to read. I enjoyed the author's sense of humor. I would love to read more by this author.

    21. This was difficult to read as it was very disjointed and the characters didn't really have a clue as to what they were doing. I am hoping for better things from the next book in this series

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