I really enjoyed reading this book It took me awhile to finish it because I was reading it on my phone app and would read it only while waiting on something else I think it is a testament of how well I liked the book because I kept coming back to it Normally, if I don t continue reading and let some time pass, I lose interest in the story This was a comfortable, gentle slow read You get a chance to really get to know the people in this small village There is no violence In fact the only mystery was who was behind the stolen racing cycles and who was going to win the gooseberry competition I highly recommend this book and thank the publisher and NetGalley for the advanced reading copy. Constable Nick Rhea Is The Local Policeman Of The Idyllic Village Of Aidensfield Dealing With Small Disputes Between Neighbours Is His Daily Life But During The Run Up To The Village Gooseberry Growing Contest, How Far Will His Neighbours Go To Ensure They Win Can He Keep Their Tempers In Check Whilst Thwarting Any Vandalism Attempts The President Of The Old Gooseberry Society Retires, Which Is Soon Followed By Some Dramatic Weight Loss, Leaving Speculation As To His Reasons For His Retirement From The Position Putting Aside Their Competitive Nature, The Village Groups Together To Raise Fund To Send Him On A Pilgrimage To Lourdes For A Miracle Cure However, Everyone Still Has Their Sights Set On Winning The Supreme Championship Throughout All Of This Drama, Someone Is Stealing Some Very Expensive Bikes Specially Made And Built For Racing These Are Not Your Average Bicycles The Thefts Are Seemingly Random, And Appear To Spread Throughout The Entire Northeast RegionsCan Rhea Decipher The Pattern To These Crimes Are They All Random, Or Is It The Work Of A Very Meticulous Thief When The Bike Belonging To The New Sergeant Is Stolen, Rhea Is Determined To Put An End To It Calling In Reinforcement From Nearby Constabularies, His Plan Is Put Into Place But Will This Unseen Criminal Take The Bait Constable Under The Gooseberry Bush Is A Captivating Novel, Written By A True Master Of This Genre Three main plot threads wind their way through the narrative in this Constable entry a gooseberry size competition, the declining health of the head of the gooseberry size competition, and a string of racing bicycle thefts The narrowness of scope is rewarding, as we can really dig into some of the footwork in the thief capturing plan, but I couldn t care less about Joseph, his fretting wife Mabel, and the seventeenth conversation about whether he is really sick or if it s all in this old fool s head As such, I ended up skimming like 40% of the book because A LOT of time is spent with Joseph and Mabel which necessarily taints my review I suggest giving this one a shot, however, because my disinterest in the emotional lives of this couple may be a indication of my own moral shortcomings rather than those of this narrative.I received an ecopy from the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Dealing with small disputes between neighbours is Nick s daily life.However during the run up to the village Gooseberry growing contest there are shenanigans as contestants strive to winThe president of the Old Gooseberry Society retires, suffers some dramatic weight loss Leaving speculation as to his reasons for his retirement from the position Putting aside their competitive nature, the village groups together to raise fund to send him on a pilgrimage to Lourdes for a miracle cure.Someone is stealing some very expensive racing bikes.The thefts are seemingly random, and appear to spread throughout the entire northeast regions.Then the thieves steal the new sergeant s bike Nick is determined to put an end to it.He devises a plan, will the thieves fall the bait Another well written thoroughly enjoyable read from the author The characters are so well portrayed after reading a few books in the series I really feel that I know them The usual minor characters feature they all add to the enjoyment The plot isn t fast pace but ambles along fast enough to keep you turning the pages, there are minor humorous storylines as well as the serious one of bike stealing I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review I received this free from NetGalley and Endeavour Press for an honest review.I absolutely loved this book Told from the viewpoint of a Constable in a small England town, I can only compare it to the James Herriot series All Creatures Great and Small, with interesting yet believable characters brought to life This is the first book I have read in this series, but it certainly is not going to be the last. Book received from NetGalley.I love this series of books While they are British police procedurals they have a definite cozy feel to them The series takes place in the 1960 s in the Yorkshire Dales, a place I came to love while reading James Herriot s books What I enjoy the most about the series is that they don t focus on a murder mystery While there are some murders in the books, you are just as likely to read about a robbery, a missing person, or kids who are annoying the local villagers These are a definite recommend for me.
A pseudonym used by
- 316 pages
- Constable Under the Gooseberry Bush
- Nicholas Rhea
- 10 May 2019 Nicholas Rhea