The Proof is in the Pudding

Hold on to your hats – the fourth and final instalment of the Swaddlecombe Mysteries will be available from mid-October! In ‘The Proof is in the Pudding’, Christmas comes to Swaddlecombe and, as the decorations go up, so does the body count. Victoria and Albert have their work cut out to identify ‘who dunnit’ in this frenzied festive free-for-all.

My partner in crime writing, Julia Wherrell, and I have had a lot of fun re-visiting our fictional village of Swaddlecombe and seeing what Victoria and Albert, the Reverend Ruminant, Jean and pub landlords Roger and Trudy and have all been up to since the last instalment! It’s both exciting and scary as you never quite know where things will take you, the characters definitely develop minds of their own.

This fourth novel opens in the run up to Christmas – Victoria’s first country Christmas in deepest Devon. Everyone’s getting festive, especially Trudy and the triplets and Victoria finds herself on a Christmas wreath-making course – ooh, I wonder where that idea came from?! Julia wanted to write about dastardly doings with a glue gun, but I managed to talk her out of that – I am too squeamish!

Dear old Albert is busy cooking again and ‘feeding’ his Christmas pudding. A local vineyard ensures there’s plenty of wine to lubricate the proceedings, but does it also contribute to two ‘accidental’ deaths? You’ll have to try and work that out for yourselves…

All your messages of encouragement (and nagging!) have been much appreciated and have helped keep Julia and myself motivated. We’ve both had a difficult couple of years and, while the writing project did take a while to come to the top of the ‘work’ pile, it was always in our minds. So, a big ‘thank you’ to all of you who love the characters and have been so patient in waiting for book four.

‘The Proof is in the Pudding’ will be available in Paperback and on Kindle mid-October and I promise to keep you posted on an exact launch date.

24 replies
  1. Caroline says:

    well done both of you, can’t wait to read the new book! I have the others, loved every minute of reading them! Please please can you write more…..
    thank you so much for your great work!
    love Caroline xx

  2. Carolynne Donnelly says:

    Can’t wait to read your new book, loved the others. You are one very talented lady and it was watching you on TV many years ago that got me into crafting. You have a lot to answer for lol 😂 xx

  3. Lynne tuitt says:

    Looking forward to the new book, just a shame it won’t be out at the beginning of October in time for my holidays. Not the final instalment though surely or are there new irons in the fire ?

  4. jb says:

    I am really sorry to hear this is to be the last one, please reconsider, I am sure between you you can find some more bodies from somewhere lol, I have thoroughly enjoyed all the others and intend to re read them on my hols, you are one very tale
    nted lady Joanna

  5. Margaret A. says:

    Such great news as this means that once again my sister will find another instalment (albeit the last one) in her Christmas stocking! She and I have loved your books to date; all I have to do now is to remember not to pre warn her of its impending issue! Congratulations and I’m sure it will be another runaway success.


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