Meddling with Murder

Crouch End Confidential, #3

Author Ellie Campbell gives the reader a story dealing with Cathy O' Farrell and Pimple as they are the owners of the ‘Crouch End Confidential Agency’. It was at one time called ‘Helping People Who Would Otherwise Commit Suicide’. As the story opens what do we find? Cathy dangling from a tree trying to get 'Fliffy' a cat down. I will say I laughed at that one. We soon find what Cathy and Pimple will be presented with. There are multiple problems including stolen bikes, a possible murder weapon, the sabotage of her friends’ new shop, drug-dealing yobbos targeting her children’s primary school and being forced to pose as the world’s most inept math tutor. Worse, best friend Rosa hires her to investigate fiancé Alec and – horrors – Cathy’s husband Declan is intent on moving himself, Cathy and kids to the safer climes of rural Norfolk. Suddenly Cathy is endangering her marriage, friendships, and her life to untangle these messes.

Along with all of this, I will say that the story has some very interesting characters. All of them are well developed, defined and believable. These characters help to keep the reader’s attention because there is so much going on.

The agency has several customers with no money to pay their bills and one whose case starts out very strangely...supposedly having lost her dog called Dukey. However, when the truth comes out...we are left wondering what in the world that was all about! At least, it seems that there would be some pay for working on this case.

As this story unfolds the reader will see how the author presents a well-written story to the reader that is rather a good one. I will say I liked Cathy's friendships with her friends...Henrietta, Isobel, Rosa, Janet, and Shilpa. They have fun WOWs [Wednesday Once Weeklies] and believe me when I say that each one will have their own story. Also, I liked how the author approached 'drugs' in the story. So much so that wouldn't Cathy want to move where it may be a little safer as her husband had suggested even if it meant leaving her friends? I will say this story keeps on moving and by the end you will get a well-written story.

To really get it all you will have to pick up "Meddling with Murder" to see how well this author gives the reader a little mystery along with some suspense dealing with stolen bikes, drugs, guns and a murder.

Do I recommend? Yes!


Book Blurb for Meddling with Murder

Crouch End Confidential, the agency started by housewife, Cathy O’Farrell, with ex-cleaner Pimple, is failing badly. Hardly surprising when their only clients are old ladies seeking lost pets. Until the strange case of the missing dog…

Soon Cathy’s multiple problems include stolen bikes, a possible murder weapon, the sabotage of her friends’ new shop, drug-dealing yobbos targeting her children’s primary school and being forced to pose as the world’s most inept maths tutor. Worse, best friend Rosa hires her to investigate fiancé Alec and – horrors – Cathy’s husband Declan is intent on moving himself, Cathy and kids to the safer climes of rural Norfolk. Suddenly Cathy is endangering her marriage, friendships and her life to untangle these messes. But that’s what you get for meddling with murder…


Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2016 4.00