The Dinner Lady Detectives by Hannah Hendy

EXCERPT: Seren leaned forward, conspiratorially. ‘There’s been a death!’

Margery dropped her teacup in shock. ‘Good God!’

‘Margery, please don’t swear!’ Clementine said, turning her head to Seren who was nodding her head vigorously as though she was a person of great importance. As though no one had ever caught her eating profiteroles in the school kitchens walk-in freezer. ‘What do you mean, Seren? Who’s died?’

‘It was a terrible accident! Well, that’s what they’re saying down at the leisure centre,’ Seren said, still nodding. ‘I wouldn’t have believed it myself, but accidents do happen. You know, just last week I broke my back tooth eating a Cadbury mini-egg.’ Margery and Clementine exchanged a look. ‘Anyway, she was one of our own. Our kitchen manager, Mrs Hughes!’

‘Mrs Hughes?’ Margery said, struggling to find her voice. ‘You can’t mean Caroline Caroline Hughes?’

‘Unfortunately, I do, and I have it straight from the mouth of the man who found her! Gary Mathews. Do you know him, works on security? Found her dead Friday night.’ She picked the teacup off the floor and handed it back to Margery. ‘Do you know the worst bit about it?’ Seren paused dramatically. Margery and Clementine shook their heads, enraptured. ‘She didn’t even get to deliver her last batch of Avon.’

ABOUT ‘THE DINNER LADY DETECTIVES’: Murder is a dish best served ice cold…

Margery and Clementine are enjoying a peaceful middle-age together in the small, idyllic town of Dewstow, and eagerly awaiting retirement from their work on the front line serving meals to the students at Summerview secondary school.

Their calm life is shattered when their kitchen manager is found dead in the school’s walk-in freezer. The police are adamant that it’s an open-and-shut case of accidental death. Margery and Clementine are convinced there’s something far more nefarious going on, and they take it upon themselves to investigate.

As they inch closer to the truth, it becomes clear that someone will stop at nothing to keep the pair quiet. Will the perpetrator get their just-desserts before their time runs out?

MY THOUGHTS: There have been a few good muder-mysteries released this year featuring older protagonists. I was hoping that The Dinner Lady Detectives was going to join the group but it became evident very early on that this was not to be.

The characters are faintly ridiculous, with nothing realistic nor relatable about them. I initially thought that I might begin to like them better as the book progressed, but that was not to be either. They just irritated me even more.

The plot is very slow moving and, frankly, highly implausible. A body is discovered locked in a walk-in freezer, surrounded by blood, and the local police deem the death accidental. Really?

It just got more improbable as the book progressed, and I rapidly lost interest. I seriously considered abandoning the read several times, but having invested a week of reading time, I forced myself to finish.

Definitely not my cup of tea.


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THE AUTHOR: Hannah Hendy is a professional chef by day and author by night.

Hannah lives with her brand new wife (covid wedding!) and two cats in South Wales, UK.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Canelo via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Dinner Lady Detectives by Hannah Hendy for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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12 thoughts on “The Dinner Lady Detectives by Hannah Hendy”

    1. I’m also pleased for you, Carla. But I’m reading a really good cozy at the moment called A Cornish Christmas Murder by Fiona Leitch. I didn’t realise it was the 4th in a series when I requested it, but it hasn’t really mattered. I will be reading the other three, and any more that follow. β€πŸ“š

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