Jealousy, blackmail and political intrigue can kill…
A passenger is found dead soon after the assassination of a British MP – Could there be a link between the two deaths?
Fiona Mason’s hopes of leading a pleasant culture tour of Belgium visiting the great centres of Flemish Art go badly awry. One of Fiona’s passengers is found dead soon after the assassination of a British MP at a rally outside the European Parliament Building in Brussels. Could there be a link between the two deaths?
Once again, Fiona finds herself at odds with MI6 chief, Peter Montgomery-Jones who always appears to have his own agenda.
If you like cozy travel mysteries set in beautiful locations such as the magnificent Mediaeval cities of Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels, with plenty of red herrings that will keep you turning the page then join our intrepid woman sleuth on the third Fiona Mason Mystery – Blood and Chocolate.
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‘What a fun concept – A coach tour, which allows so many scenes to be set in wonderful and exciting places we can picture so well, and Fiona – a modern day Miss Marple. The books opening grabbed me. “Fiona knew the man was going to be trouble from the moment she first clapped eyes on him at Dover.” And going back to the Prologue, which began, “He laid the gun on the table beside the photograph.” Right away we know the author is going to tease us into a great mystery and she does.’
‘Blood and Chocolate’ is an excellent read and had me gripped from beginning to end. The plot twists had me guessing (wrongly – as usual) and we discovered more of Peter Montgomery-Jones’ life. I’m looking forward to the next instalment – just don’t book me onto one of Fiona’s tours!’
‘This is the third in the Fiona Mason series of murder mysteries – set this time in Belgium – and once again, Judith Cranswick has done her research well; I was completely transported back to my days in Brussels and was able to join the Super Sun Executive Travel guests on their tour. In this book, readers are able to renew their acquaintance with not only Fiona and her friendly driver, Winston Taylor, but also with the mysterious Peter Montgomery-Jones, who seems to become a little more human with each book. As usual, we also meet an interesting cast of potential victims and possible suspects – and there are plenty of red herrings too. A most enjoyable read.’
‘Cranswick delivers the goods for a mystery in the Agatha Christie/ Dorothy L. Sayers tradition. The strangers are gathered together—this time on a motor coach tour in Belgium; the reader is provided with all the clues to solve the case just as soon as the sleuth, the always proper Fiona Mason, discovers them; and Cranswick ratchets the suspense up to a tidy conclusion. If you prefer polite language and your violence off screen, then this is a whodunit for you.’
‘A great read, very reminiscent of classic Agatha Christie novels like Murder on the Orient Express or Death on the Nile where you have an large cast of suspects in an exotic setting. But make no mistake, Fiona Mason is no Hercule Poirot, she’s actually much more well-rounded and you will be thinking of her as a real person within just a few chapters. She has a history (and thankfully because the books are so good, a rich future as well) and motivations. Her observations are realistic and it’s an amusing read to see how she stumbles into mysteries on her tours.’
‘The book is also interesting because you will also almost feel like you are on the tour yourself, travelling around Belgium and seeing the sights and eating the food. The cast of characters are varied and not one dimensional characters and despite the great number of them, Fiona’s handy notes at the beginning of the book and the characters actions themselves will get you to know them all individually.
If you like the “cozy mystery” genre and like a modern take on a classic style of mystery, you should check out the Fiona Mason series by Judith Cranswick. Fiona Mason’s hopes of leading a pleasant culture tour of Belgium visiting the great centres of Flemish Art go badly awry. One of Fiona’s passengers is found dead soon after the assassination of a British MP at a rally outside the European Parliament Building in Brussels. Could there be a link between the two deaths?’