Monday, 16 April 2018

Book Review | The Windmill Cafe by Poppy Blake

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The Windmill Cafe is open for business!
As Rosie Barnes serves glasses of tangy lemonade and ice-cold prosecco at her summer garden party, she couldn’t be happier. The Windmill Café, with its peppermint green sails is a roaring success and has given Rosie a chance to escape the heartbreak of her busy life in London.
But then disaster strikes when popstar Suki Richards is taken unexpectedly ill at the party. Now all eyes are on Rosie…have her famous raspberry cupcakes poisoned her most high-profile guest? Or is someone else trying to damage Suki’s chance of stardom?
If Rosie wants to save her picture-perfect life, and the reputation of her beloved Windmill Café, she’s going to have to get to the bottom of the mystery…and fast!

Book cover of The Windmill Cafe by Poppy BlakeThe Windmill Cafe
by Poppy Blake

  • Publisher: HarperImpulse (9 Mar. 2018)
  • ASIN: B076GVHFP5

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What an ingenious idea and something I'd absolutely love to visit myself. Poppy Blake has a talent for creating unique plots and this one has to be one of her best.

The Windmill Cafe Summer Breeze is the first part of the book series The Windmill Cafe and follows Rosie as she opens up the uniquely themed cafe. An interesting menu is on offer including stilton and grape scones and raspberry and prosecco cupcakes and the guests at the launch are just as varied and unique. The star Suki Richards is among the party but she suddenly takes ill in her lodge. Initially blame falls upon Rosie on suspected food poisoning, but when a bluish tint is found on Suki's lips, Rosie and her little team start investigating.

For what sounds more like a cosy crime novel, The Windmill Cafe Summer Breeze brings women's fiction and mystery together. Not a combination I'd have put together myself, but like the Miss Fisher mysteries, the plot really works.

The start off is at a slower pace than what I like, but at around 20% in the story really starts to move. The two different merged genres give The Windmill Cafe a different feel compared to other women's fiction reads, with more depth and the exciting element of 'who dunnit'. There's clues to be picked up on along the way, making the book feel a little like a story from Miss Marple. This is something I really like about the book so this is a great asset to the plot.  

The range of characters is not particularly broad but they all have their own input into the story and they bring enough to the table to leave you wanting to read the next instalment from The Windmill Cafe series.

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