Sybil Potts has moved to the pleasant Australian town of Little Tatterford, eager to find a life of peace and quiet after her stressful divorce.
With minutes of arriving in town, she sees a dead body and finds she is surrounded by eccentric people: the English gentleman, Mr. Buttons, who serves everyone tea and cucumber sandwiches, and her landlord, Cressida Upthorpe, who is convinced that her fat cat, Lord Farringdon, speaks to her. Yet Sibyl herself has a secret to keep.
How will Sybil’s secret put her at odds with Blake Wessley, the exasperated police officer who is trying to solve the murder?
“A Cereal Killer” is a quirky, cozy mystery set in country Australia. Firstly, I loved the setting. (I grew up in a town not far from Tamworth, and yep, there were some pretty odd characters around there.) Secondly, as Sybil ran her own pet-grooming business, each chapter started with a quote about dogs. Being something of a dog person (and an animal person generally) – well, basically I was always going to like this book. And the subtle inclusion of paranormal elements? It was like this book was written for me.
I didn’t guess the ending at all, and yet when it was revealed it didn’t feel contrived. I enjoyed it so much I finished it in a couple of days (and even read it on my lunch break at work)! I have already bought the second book, and I’m definitely going to check out the author’s other series.
All in all, I found “A Cereal Killer” to be a fun and engaging read (plus we all know I’m a sucker for a punny title).