Book Review: Murder on the Farm by Kate Wells

murderonthefarmI’m happy to be welcoming Kate Wells to Novel Kicks and the blog tour for her novel, Murder on the Farm.

Lambing season always brings the unexpected… But no one expected murder

Jude Gray never thought she’d find herself widowed and running a working farm full-time, but here she is, living in the small Malvern village her husband Adam spent most of his life in.

After a particularly gruelling lambing season, she is looking forward to some time off, but there’s no rest for the wicked, especially when she finds the body of one of Adam’s oldest friends on her farm.

Jude refuses to believe the official line, that Sarah’s death was a suicide, and starts an investigation of her own. But as the body count rises, danger creeps ever closer to Malvern Farm.

A killer is on the prowl. And all that stands in their way is one woman – and her dog.


After the death of her husband, Jude finds herself running a farm in Malvern. As a gruelling lambing season is about to end, Jude finds herself facing another challenge – solving the mysterious death of her friend. The trouble is, how do you solve a death that everyone else thinks is suicide?

Murder on the Farm is the first book in the Malvern Mysteries book series and I’m already a fan.

The plot moved along well. Clues and revelations are given to the reader at a good and steady pace and just when I thought I’d figured it out, something else would happen to send the story in a completely different direction. In the end, I suspected the majority of the characters and I didn’t see the end coming. I also liked the puzzle element. I would totally play that game. I preferred the story when the focus was on the murder investigation rather than the farming activities. However, the latter did help set the overall scene.

Jude is stronger than she thinks. She is not afraid to do what is needed to keep her farm going, After the death of her friend, she refuses to believe that suicide is the reason. She is definitely someone you’d want in your corner for sure.

Noah is mysterious and I couldn’t make my mind up about him. I also wasn’t sure how Lucy’s presence would affect the story but I liked how she was threaded into the narrative. I was intrigued to know what was happening from Binnie’s point of view and hope to get to know more about her side of things.

This book is compelling and it didn’t take me long to get immersed in the story. The overall theme focuses on how easy it is to get into bad situations and how trusting your family and friends is important.

If you’re a fan of cozy crime, puzzles or a thrilling story, this series is perfect. I certainly enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to seeing where the series goes.



About Kate Wells –

Kate Wells is the author of a number of well-reviewed books for children, and is now writing a new cosy crime series set in the Malvern hills, inspired by the farm where she grew up.

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Murder on the Farm is the first book in the Malvern Mysteries series and was released by Boldwood Books on 4th September 2023. Click to buy on Amazon UK and Waterstones


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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