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  1. A short, very well written and interesting mystery with sleuth Diane Dimbleby. The characters and scenes are so well described that I felt like I knew everyone and was right there with them. As always there are twists and turns but for once I had my suspicions confirmed in the end. I very much enjoy Penelope Sothebys perfectly written cozy mysteries that can be read during one comfy afternoon – preferably with a cup of tea :) Highly recommended.I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this [...]

  2. I love the characters in this series! A feisty woman who doesn't really care if she doesn't make the local police happy with her snooping around. I have read all the books in this series and they just keep getting better and better. I received a copy of this book from the author, the review is of my own opinions and done voluntarily.

  3. Diane really is the Miss Marple of the 21st century! Only she has Albert Sweet, funny and loving. A wonderful man to have around! Another great cozy mystery!I received a copy and chose to review it.

  4. “Murder in the Development” earns 5/5 Suspicious Situations & Curious Clues! I am new to Penelope Sotheby’s Diane Dimbleby Cozy Mystery series, so this newly released book six is a great place to start—Diane, a clever woman, writes mystery novels, so people think she can solve them, too. Even Inspector Crothers sends tricky ones her way. He doesn’t have much interest in Monique Carstairs’s worry that her husband Jonathan had not return home, but Diane promises to look into it. Th [...]

  5. Murder In The Development is the first book I have read by Penelope Sotheby. I received an advance copy of the book from the author and am providing my honest review below.I prefer mysteries which progress through the plot at a quick pace so when I encountered Sotheby's "laid back" writing style I wasn't sure I would enjoy the book. My concerns were quickly put to rest with each page turn. I did enjoy the book.There weren't many characters cast in the role of suspects which took a lot of the cha [...]

  6. Having received a free copy of Murder In The Development, I must apologize to the author for not giving a quick review. She like many authors are so kind to share some books for free. This is the second book I've read by Ms. Sotheby and must say I enjoy the way she moves us through her mysteries. This story is second in the Diane Dimbelby Cozy Mystery series and though it is a stand alone I felt I was missing a bit from not having read "Murder on the Village Green." In this story we find Diane p [...]

  7. As Diane pruned the rose bush in the garden, her thoughts were wrestling with the plot hole in her latest book. She needed a reason for the murder of one of the characters, and it just wasn’t coming together yet. Deeply focused on the story in her head, she didn’t notice Albert who had dug her phone out of the couch cushions. Inspector Crothers had called – on a Sunday! – so he debated whether the call was something he should tell Diane about now or wait so as not to interrupt her though [...]

  8. As Diane pruned the rose bush in the garden, her thoughts were wrestling with the plot hole in her latest book. She needed a reason for the murder of one of the characters, and it just wasn’t coming together yet. Deeply focused on the story in her head, she didn’t notice Albert who had dug her phone out of the couch cushions. Inspector Crothers had called – on a Sunday! – so he debated whether the call was something he should tell Diane about now or wait so as not to interrupt her though [...]

  9. I have been a fan of the Diane Dimbleby books since Penelope Sotheby published the first one, and each subsequent one since then has been better than the previous one, and this one is no exception, and is the best yet. The writing has a more relaxed and confident feel and this makes it easier and more comfortable to read.The character of Diane is getting far more developed, and I really like that she now has a partner, Albert, and their relationship with its friendly sniping between them is a lo [...]

  10. It is a peaceful Sunday morning. Albert is in the house doing the dishes and Diane is in the garden pruning. Pruning helps Diane figure out plot issues in her writing.A woman appears at the front door. She is in tears. Inspector Crothers has suggested the woman come see Diane. He believes Diane can help her find her husband.This is a very quick read.The action all happens within a short period of time because Diane is an expert at putting facts together and solving mysteries. Because she has a g [...]

  11. Not kindle unlimited, got it as review copy one of those here's a free book hope you like it or at least review it, so as usual all my own opinions and nothing given except free book in hopes of review.A curious writer. A determined detective. A missing man. Murder in the Development: A Diane Dimbleby Cozy Mystery is part of a series of books by author Penelope Sotheby.Murder In Paradise (5 Book Series)Murder in Bermuda: An Anna Winters Cozy Mystery (Murder in Paradise Book 1)Murder in the Baham [...]

  12. "Murder in the Development," by Penelope Sotheby, is another great entry in the Diane Dimbleby cozy mystery series. Diane is a loveably quirky character who manages, by sometimes managing the somewhat inept people around her, including the local constabulary, to solve the various murders, disappearances and other nefarious activities around her small village. I absolutely love the way she manipulates people and circumstances to get her way and get the job done. In this latest entry, Diane is app [...]

  13. I enjoyed this well crafted mystery. Diane Dimbleby is an intelligent woman who uses her power of observation to find the killer. I liked this character. She's charming, devious and determined. Albert is the perfect companion in her crime solving adventure. Their methods may be slightly unorthodox but you have to be impressed with their results. Inspector Crothers should be thankful for her assistance. Murder in the Development is a well crafted mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. Penel [...]

  14. MURDER IN THE DEVELOPMENT. by Penelope SothebyDiane trimming her bushes trying to figure out the hole in her plot line of book. She had a body, a weapon, room full of guests, and the characters have their own voice. Interrupted by Monique, a woman the Inspector had sent to see Diane. Husband missing, money involved, times don't match. Beside the plot to her book, Diane has to figure out this murder. Another good plot, that has good defined characters, and you will enjoy and trying to figure out [...]

  15. A nice British cozy novella with an older amateur sleuth, Diane. I liked her and Albert, her boyfriend or husband? The relationship wasn't made clear. Albert was good natured and likeable.Inspector Crothers referred a woman with a missing husband to Diane. There was also a section where two detectives investigate so that part is more like a police procedural. The best of both worlds! I would never have guessed whodunnit.I enjoyed this book and would read more stories by this author, including he [...]

  16. Murder in the Development by Penelope Sotheby is a cozy mystery you don't want to pass on! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I know you will, too! The cover, itself, caught my eye right away. Great, isn't it? :-) None of that mattered once I started reading; I was immediately engaged and loved the book from beginning to end! I highly recommend this author's work and plan to continue reading more in the future! So glad I found this new favorite author, Penelope Sotheby! :-)

  17. This is a very good mystery. I love the older couple Diane and Albert that are caught up in the mystery of what happened to Jonathan Carstairs. This book is a quick read and I was very surprised in the end how they were able to put it all together. The other characters in the book are very interesting too. This author's writing style is pleasant and easy to read. This is a great book to read when you want to kick back and relax. I would read more from this author.

  18. I just love this series. Penelope Sotheby writes a fun and interesting mystery where Diane and Albert get involved in murder while irritating Inspect Crothers! The characters are fun and intelligent. The story is full of twists and turns that keep you guessing. The writing is clear and well-done and the series keeps getting better and better. If you want a fun to read mystery that you will love, this is for you

  19. I just love this series. Penelope Sotheby writes a fun and interesting mystery where Diane and Albert get involved in murder while irritating Inspect Crothers! The characters are fun and intelligent. The story is full of twists and turns that keep you guessing. The writing is clear and well-done and the series keeps getting better and better. If you want a fun to read mystery that you will love, this is for you

  20. Read this in one sitting. Ms. Sotheby has a way with mysteries. Our leading lady is Diane (a mystery writer) who along with her partner Albert works hand in hand with the police to solve real life mysteries. Diane usually figures it out before Inspector Crothers. The new case sent Diane's way this time is about Monique's missing husband Jonathan. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  21. Diane Dimbleby does it again. A young lady comes to Diane for help. Her husband is missing and she's worried about him. He never varies from his routine. Diane agrees to help her. The local constables get involved and find a dead body. Who is it? And who killed him? Diane pieces the puzzle together to discover the real culprit. A very good cozy mystery; well worth a read. Look for another one coming soon.

  22. A nice, quick readDiane has a new case! Together with Albert she embarks on a new adventure. What follows is a story full of twists. Diane is smart and determined. I really liked it! And I enjoyed the banter between her and Albert. Light and easy to read in an afternoon. If you like a good cozy mystery, you’ll like it too! The pages turned themselves :)I received a complimentary copy of this book and voluntarily provided an honest review.

  23. Fun, quick afternoon read. I liked Diane's pluck! The plot was well-crafted and moved at a good pace. The characters and story line were well-developed and held my interest with ease.*I received a complimentary ARC of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.

  24. Total enjoyable "cozy" mystery read in the vein of Miss Marple, Agatha Christie, and Murder She Wrote, where the writer is the one with better ideas than the police. This was a very quick and fun reading book, with well defined characters and mannerisms. This is a voluntary review in exchange for a copy of the book

  25. A ok short read. I felt like I was reading one of the short mysteries in magazines just a little longer. You pretty Will knew who was the murder from the beginning. If picture was changed on book it might interest kids that into mysteries. I recieved a arc for my honest review.

  26. Good reedI think I am reading too many of the mysteries. I still love the small village atmosphere, and having a detective that is my age. Keep them coming.

  27. Throughly enjoyable story, the characters inspector Crothers and Diana Dimbleby work great together with of course Albert. Cleverly thought out plot and unraveled very wellA most enjoyable read looking forward to reading more

  28. STORY-LINE MURDER IN THE DEVELOPMENT BY PENELOPE SOTHEBY:In Murder In The Development, we find Diane and Albert, amateur detectives and possibly the bane, of Inspector Crothers existence. Pruning her roses, trying to get the characters for her latest book to cooperate, they receive a call from Crothers asking for help. He's sending Monique Carstairs for help with her missing husband, Jonathan.Returning home, Monique finds her house in total disarray, with the words TRAITOR, painted everywhere. W [...]

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