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The Dinner Lady Detectives By Hannah Hendy Review

Writer: Hannah Hendy

Publisher: Canelo Crime

Genre: Cosy Mystery

Publish Date: 18th November 2021

Pages: 247

Reviewed By: Steph Asquith

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Murder is a dish best served ice cold...

Margery and Clementine are enjoying a peaceful middle-age together in the small, idyllic town of Dewstow, and eagerly awaiting retirement from their work on the front line serving meals to the students at Summerview secondary school.

Their calm life is shattered when their kitchen manager is found dead in the school’s walk-in freezer. The police are adamant that it’s an open-and-shut case of accidental death. Margery and Clementine are convinced there’s something far more nefarious going on, and they take it upon themselves to investigate.

As they inch closer to the truth, it becomes clear that someone will stop at nothing to keep the pair quiet. Will the perpetrator get their just-desserts before their time runs out?


My, oh my, I can only hope when my husband and I are old and grey (a few silver hairs are sneaking through) we are still as barmy as Margery and Clementine. These two main characters are so different, but yet they work as a couple.

We have a funny one who is always up to something, and then we have a more serious, passive aggressive character, but she will always be there to support her partner. They do come across as a dream team, but in reality they would not be anything of the sort. I found this story a cozy mystery, one I could sit under a blanket and read.

These two ladies are certain they are going to find out who murdered Caroline Hughes, and left her body in the school walk-in freezer, but the evidence (term used VERY loosely) they stumble upon is totally ridiculous and should not have led them to the correct suspects. It is rather amusing.

The clues Margery and Clem stumble across are by pure luck, but we got there in the end with a shocking ending. I was not expecting that at all! I think this may have been my favourite part of the novel. (The part when the ‘murderers’ are in Margery and Clementine’s home. - that is all I’m saying.)

I did find the story becoming a little muddled in the middle as if the author forgot where she was going with it. I am also not sure if this book is suppose to be as funny as I found it? - This could be due to the dry sense of humour the characters had or the completely unexpected storyline.

I must say, as a book I grabbed ‘because it looked good’ I was actually very impressed and it does make me want to read another by Hannah Hendy.

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