Fiona Leitch: A Brush With Death

Today I’m pleased to be joining the blog tour for the second book in the Jodie Parker series, A Brush With Death. My review is written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and One More Chapter for my copy of the book.


When a body turned up at her last catering gig it certainly put people off the hor d’oeuvres. So with a reputation to salvage, Jodie’s determined that her next job for the village’s festival will go without a hitch.

But when chaos breaks out, Jodie Parker somehow always finds herself in the picture.

The body of a writer from the festival is discovered at the bottom of a cliff, and the prime suspect is the guest of honour, the esteemed painter Duncan Stovall. With her background in the Met police, Jodie has got solving cases down to a fine art and she knows things are rarely as they seem.

Can she find the killer before the village faces another brush with death?

The second book in the Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker cosy mystery series. Can be read as a standalone. A humorous cosy mystery with a British female sleuth in a small village. Includes one of Jodie’s Tried and Tested Recipes! Written in British English. Mild profanity and peril.


I really enjoyed Murder On The Menu, so I was glad to be back with Jodie Parker in such quick succession. Jodie’s narration is brilliant and it feels as though I am with an old friend when I’m reading about her escapades. I love the humour, that at times made me laugh out loud and we often read Jodie’s thoughts that she can’t say out loud and this gives the reader lots of insight into what is really happening. But this is not just a novel about Jodie: the supporting characters, DCI Nathan Withers, Jodie’s mum and daughter, Tony, Callum and Debbie and those involved in the investigation are also brilliant and I love the way they come together to create a bright and lively community.

The investigation itself is also intriguing and I was hooked as we learnt more about what had happened. There are several twists and red herrings to keep the reader on their toes and I enjoyed following all of them.

Some of the food that Jodie makes sounds absolutely divine and my version of the book has recipes in the back that I would love to try one day!

There are still a few issues to be resolved in Jodie’s personal life so I can’t wait to see how the series continues!

A Brush With Death is available from Amazon.

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