In Gale Martin’s newest novel, Ellie Overton is a 28-year-old rest home receptionist with a pussycat nose who also happens to be gaga for the pop singer Tom Jones. Regrettably single, she is desperate to have a red-hot love relationship, like those she’s read about in romance novels. Following an astrological hunch, she attends a Tom Jones Festival and meets an available, young impersonator with more looks and personality than talent. Though he’s knocked out of the contest, he’s still in the running to become Ellie’s blue-eyed soul mate—until he’s accused of killing off the competition. It’s not unusual that the handsome police detective working the case is spending more time pursuing Ellie than collaring suspects. So, she enlists some wily and witty rest home residents to help find the real murderer. Will Ellie crack the case? Must she forfeit her best chance for lasting love to solve the crime?
I was sent a copy from the author Gale Martin in return for an honest review.
The novel all begins at a Tom Jones festival complete with a selection of Tom Jones impersonators. The festival itself is full of overly dramatic woman who like to throw their knickers and bra’s at the impersonators on stage. Everyone has eyes for one man only and that is Flip Henderson, he is a dream!
One night Ellie Overton, a care home receptionist, takes a few residents out for a trip to the festival. She herself has a crush on Tom so why not kill two birds with one stone and take the residents out for a fun sing-along? All the excitement of the evening ends with an unexpected murder and unfortunately, it’s Flip Henderson that is in the firing line. (No pun intended).
‘Who Killed Tom Jones?’ is essentially a murder mystery and you spend your time thinking “Who killed him?”. I had one main suspect in mind and I honestly believed they were the one, but alas, I was wrong. I was quite happy to admit that I didn’t get it right. I liked how it wasn’t predictable as to whom the murderer was because sometimes that ruins the book you’re reading.
Ellie’s character was immediately likable and this was also evident with all the care home residents that valued Ellie’s friendship and loyalty. The Finger care home was lovely to read about because unfortunately, you don’t hear much good things about them nowadays. (The UK has a black cold hovering over care homes as there has been a lot of neglect and mistreatment). Every resident of the home was treated with respect and they all seemed to be enjoying their time living there.
On a personal note, each chapter makes you want to stand up and sing any Tom Jones song you can think of. For me, it was ‘My My My Delilah’; now let’s see if you can keep that out of your head. I wouldn’t be a very good welsh resident if I didn’t even remotely like Tom and his music. I think they may even banish people for saying bad things about him.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Who Killed Tom Jones?’ and I would recommend you all going to read it.
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