Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway: Daffodils and Deadly Deeds (Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery, #9) by Victoria Tait


Daffodils And Deadly Deeds
A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery
Victoria Tait

Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Setting - Northumberland
Publisher: Kanga Press
Publication Date: March 15, 2024
Number of Pages: 240 pages




A fraught family reunion. A corpse by the coast. Can an amateur sleuth crack this egg-xtraordinary mystery or be left scrambling for answers?

Spring signifies new beginnings, yet rookie antiques expert, Dotty Sayers, feels uncertain about her future. A colleague's invitation to Northumberland, in search of hidden family treasure, offers a fresh start. Once there, she immediately befriends her neighbour and assists with a prestigious project at a nearby castle. But when her mentor vanishes, and a body washes up in a secluded cove, Dotty wonders why so many people she knows end up dead.

Determined to assist, this budding amateur detective is hopping mad when the police ignore her insights. With the inquest approaching, Dotty must decide if she’s ready to crack open the case, even if it makes the local police inspector as mad as a March hare.

Can Dotty put aside her doubts and pull a rabbit out of the hat to ensure justice prevails?

5 stars!

Dotty investigates another suspicious death as she attempts to plan her future. 

Daffodils and Deadly Deeds is the ninth book in author Victoria Tait’s excellent cozy mystery series featuring young widow Dotty Sayers. Dotty is at a crossroads in her life, and she decides to take her friend, Zach, up on his offer for her to join him in Northumberland while he continues his search for family secrets and hidden treasure. Little does she know that rather than being a respite to plan her future, she will once again be solving a murder. 

I always look forward to catching up with Dotty Sayers, the main character of this lovely series. She’s gentle and kind, a people pleaser learning to consider her own worth, stand up for herself, and forge a path into the future that will please her. However, as this story opens, Dotty is drifting. She just completed her last project and is undecided on what to do next or where to do it: no goals and no responsibilities. I hate to say it, but the death of a recent acquaintance is just what she needs to regain her focus and avoid losing her emotional growth and momentum. 

The plot offers an unexpected and unusual case, with an aloof local inspector leading the day-to-day. I had no idea where things were heading and was completely reliant upon whatever Dotty would suss out. Starting with the victim, the whole story was one big twist. However, a part of the story deals with family relationships: the victim’s and Dotty’s. Readers get a good look into Dotty’s past as she struggles with the changes occurring with her parents and a brother she hasn’t had contact with in ten years. Some emotional moments crept up on me without warning, such as Karen’s story about their trip to the Falklands and Euan’s quiet tribute to fallen comrades there. 

As with all of the author’s books and series, her settings play an immensely interesting role and even the most remote, insignificant bungalow is atmospheric gold in her hands. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of small villages, quaint shops, wild and natural walking trails, restaurants, and pubs with their many delicious dishes on offer. 

With its well-paced and intriguing plot, comfortable settings, and endearing main character, I recommend DAFFODILS AND DEADLY DEEDS to cozy mystery readers, even if they’ve not read any of the previous books in the series.


Victoria Tait was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. After following her military husband around the world, she drew on her life’s experiences, and a love of Agatha Christie, Father Brown, and Murder She Wrote, to write British based cozy mysteries.

Her determined female sleuths are joined by colourful and quirky teams of helpers, and her settings are vivid and realistic. As you’re compelled to keep turning the pages, you’ll be irresistibly drawn into a world where you’ll experience surprises, humour and sometimes, a tug on your heartstrings.

Do you like tea, mysteries, and books? Then why not join Victoria’s TeaCozy Club for regular news and updates, and download the free prequel to the Dotty Sayers Antique Mysteries series as a gift by visiting VictoriaTait.com.

Who doesn’t like tea, cake, and a slice of murder! 


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