10 Jul 2021


  One of several bloggers who over fourteen days will be participating in this Blog Tour (the full list of which can be found in the Schedule at the bottom of the post). Today {the 10th day of the Tour) its my pleasure to be sharing my thoughts on the following three books by Heide Goody and Iain Grant, the genre of which is 'Comedy Crime Mystery with a female sleuth'.

SEALFINGER {Standalone Book 1 of Sam Applewhite Series}

PUBLICATION DATE ... 26th June 2021


Some bodies just won’t stay buried.

When a client tells Sam Applewhite she’s seen ghosts in the nearby graveyard, Sam dismisses it as the ramblings of an old woman. She’s got bigger things to worry about — Keeping on top of her job at DefCon4 Security Services isn’t easy – particularlyy since her manager is a cactus and no one will tell her what her job actually is.

But when the ghost-spotting client goes missing and only Sam suspects foul play, she is compelled to dig deeper.

Aided by her retired stage magician father and the owner of the most outlandish junk shop on the sea front, Sam dives into a mystery involving psychotic seals,  unexploded air force munitions, DIY foot surgery and a corpse that just won’t quit. {Synopsis}

"There's a bearded lady in the loft, dad." {First Sentence, Chapter 1}

They had done terrible things, crossed legal and moral lines, and now this was the world they inhabited. One where hiding a decomposing granny in a ghost train was both normal and necessary. {Memorable Moment, Page 209}

DOGGERLAND {Standalone Book 2 of Sam Applewhite Series}

PUBLICATION DATE ... 4th July 2021


There’s something very wrong at the Otterside care home.

When Sam Applewhite tries to help a friend who’s lost a beloved pet she  finds that it’s just the first in a series of seemingly unconnected deaths. Is it her imagination, or do all of them somehow point back to the same residential home for seniors?

Sam’s skills are in demand elsewhere however, as she must orchestrate a safety drill with animal actors, cook dinner on an abandoned oil rig and keep an eye on those vikings who are building a longship.

When the police don’t see the pattern, it’s all down to Sam, and the closer she gets to uncovering what’s going on at Otterside, the more danger she’s in. {Synopsis}

"It's trite but true that distance gives you a whole new perspective on things." {First Sentence, Chapter 1}

"Is that my NutriBullet?" he said, feeling a misplaced indignity that the intruder had been in his kitchen.

The intruder stepped forward. The NutriBullet's power cable was linked to a long orange extension cable that snaked into the utility cupboard. With acute clarity, Greg saw what the intruder intended. 

"Wait!" he cried. "You can't do this. You can't murder a man in his own hot tub."

The intruder turned the little blender on. Its whir echoed coldly in the sparsely decorated space. "They'll assume it was an accident."

Greg screwed up his face. "Who in their right mind would take a NutriBullet into a hot tub?" {Memorable Moment, Page 84}

{Standalone Book 3 of Sam Applewhite Series}

PUBLICATION DATE ... 14th July 2021


The aristocracy abide by a different set of rules ... 

...or so it seems to Sam Applewhite when her job brings her to Candlebroke Hall, the stately home. The burglary definitely wasn’t what it appeared to be, and the subsequent accidents suggest that it’s a dangerous place to spend time.

Sam is caught up in events as she tries to protect the interests of young Hilde Odinson, part of the local viking family. The Odinsons insist on doing things their own way though, with scant regard for the law. In the meantime, Sam starts to understand that while many people would kill to live at Candlebroke Hall, maybe there are others who would kill to get away from it. {Synopsis}

When Sam woke in the middle of the night, there was a Viking on her lawn. {First Sentence, Chapter 1}

"Apologies for the delay, Lady Lettuces. The local office is a bit understaffed" "Lay-tooses."


"It's pronounced Lay-tooses. Not Lettuces. ....."{Memorable moment, Page 20}

MY THOUGHTS ... Well! What I can safely say are, are, what? ...

Humorous reads?

Nah! humorous doesn't really cut it. 


Yes, what I can safely say are bonkers reads {especially Sealfinger, the first book in the series; Oh my goodness! That felon's encounter with the cactus, not something I'll forget in a hurry 🤣} that are full of sublimely ridiculous events and conversations. 

And oh my giddy aunt, the characters ...

Sam Applewhite, job description not totally known {no, not even by herself} though the books see her, amongst other things, delivering meals on wheels {Sealfinger}, overseeing a community payback team weeding ... in late November {book 2, Doggerland} and acting as an 'Appropriate Adult' {book 3, Sandraker} when Hilde, granddaughter of the Viking Ragnar Odinson gets arrested.

A sleuth the likes of which I've never come across before, Sam is just one in a cast of many, many memorable, quirky characters {some of them recurring, others, including the delightfully deluded Kiki, particular to that book}, the afore mentioned Odinsons {along with Delia, an outlandish shop owner who upcycles anything and everything she can get her hands on ... how I'd love a spin-off featuring her} being my favourites.

Perfectly readable as standalone novels but I'd suggest probably better if read in order.

Told from the perspective of multiple characters, these aren't murder mysteries of the who-dun-it variety as the reader knows WHO-dun-it, HOW and WHY from the beginning. The fun in the books is more in the waiting to see if Sam can piece it altogether before she, in typical Sam fashion, gets distracted by any of the quite frankly bizarre events that seem to happen when she's around.

ABOUT HEIDE GOODY & IAIN GRANT ... Heide lives in North Warwickshire with her husband and a fluctuating mix of offspring and animals. Iain lives in South Birmingham with his wife and a fluctuating mix of offspring and animals. They aren’t sure how many novels they’ve written together since 2011 but it’s a surprisingly large number.

FOLLOW HEIDE GOODY & IAIN GRANT ... ~ Website ~ Twitter {Heide} ~ FaceBook ~ Twitter {Iain} ~

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Kelly said...

Hmmm. I'm not really sure if these are my cup of tea, but you do make a good case for them! The covers are great! I'll have to keep thinking on it....

nightwingsraven said...

Although the quirky and
memorable characters and
bizarre events pique my
curiosity. I am also
uncertain if I would
appreciate these books.
But I will keep them in
mind. And thank you for
your excellent review.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Felicity,

At first glance, I would probably have agreed with your previous two commenters. However, having read a couple of 'Comedy Crime Mysteries' in the recent past, it wouldn't take too much persuading for me to add them to my 'wish list'. I think we could all do with a little cheering up in these rather gloomy times!

Perhaps I'll just add 'Sealfinger' first and see how I get on with that one, as I can already see why you comment that it would be beneficial to read them in sequential order.

Thanks for sharing and I'm pleased you had a few laughs along the way with this little trio :)

Literary Feline said...

Bonkers sounds fun! I will have to check this series out. Thank you for sharing!

Suko said...

It seems like these books are great fun! What a fantastic review!