Ann Summerville, A Graceful Death (2009)

This cosy mystery/romance is set in Cornwall, written by a British writer now living in Texas. It is the first story featuring Giovanna Matthews.

Grace stumbled from the cottage door. Disoriented and gasping for breath, she fell prone onto the driveway. “I am not ready to die,” she whispered and with effort raised her graying head.

Young Giovanna is devastated when her dear aunt dies. Almost immediately the police make up their minds it must be suicide, but the niece cannot see her happy and busy aunt has any reason to kill herself. She expects her Scottish boyfriend Alan to support her, but he seems to be more interested in his own career, and he is very keen on pushing her into marrying him immediately.

Giovanna is determined to sort out her aunt´s things first so she goes to stay in her cosy cottage in Cornwall. She finds out she has plenty of friends in the small town and in her aunt´s knitting circle, new neighbours as well as people she knows from childhood holidays, e.g. the rather charming David, the neighbour´s son. Of course she is also involved in lots of drama; a car accident and a missing cousin, and all the time she is troubled by her suspicion that something is wrong in the cosy town of Lowenna.

If you like a cosy mystery with plenty of romance and a charming countryside setting, you´ll probably enjoy this story. I bought the ebook myself.


About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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9 Responses to Ann Summerville, A Graceful Death (2009)

  1. Beth F says:

    Sounds fun! I love British cozies.

  2. Dorte – Sometimes, I really am in the mood for a read like this one. I’m glad you enjoyed it; it sounds like just the thing for those “curl up with a cosy” times.

  3. Beth: it is very British indeed.

    Margot: it is good with something undemanding in between exams 🙂

  4. Kelly says:

    This does sound like one I’d enjoy. Interesting that the author now lives in Texas.

  5. Kelly: yes, and that has probably made it even cosier.

  6. It does sound wonderful!

  7. Belle Wong says:

    This one sounds like a good read for when I’m in the cozy mystery mood. I tend to enjoy British cozies more than American ones, for some reason!

  8. Belle: then you´d probably like this one for the very British atmosphere.

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