Blues, Twos and Baby Shoes by Gina Kirkham

Published by Urbane Publications


Constable Mavis Upton is back, and this time she’s taking no prisoners – which is never good for a police officer.

Mavis is pregnant, as is her daughter Ella. Facing the prospect of motherhood and being a grandmother simultaneously the last thing Mavis needs is problems at work. But a new sexist dinosaur of a Sergeant is more bully than mentor, and a mysterious case involving a blackmailer sending poison pen letters is baffling the police and tearing apart the local community.

Can Mavis juggle impending motherhood and her career, maintain a loving relationship with her other half Joe and deal with being a grandmother, all whole soving the case?

Well, this is Constable Mavis Upton…literally anything is possible…

Reading anything featuring Mavis Upton as a main character always feels like catching up with an old friend – the books feel like a memoir embellished with a little silliness, which is what keeps me coming back. I love to pick out the bits that I think are based on real events in these books!

The characters continue to develop over time, this time there’s been a leap forward in time and Mavis finds herself pregnant at the same time as her now adult daughter who was only a kiddie in the first book of the series. She has to juggle her role as an older mum with being a police officer, which is about as fun as the words ‘desk duty’ can possibly be.

Instead of chasing down wrong’uns, she’s now interviewing some locals who have been receiving blackmail letters – the chapters flip between Mavis’ perspective and that of the unlikely blackmailer, who is hilarious in her own right.

Though the adventures are a little more sedate this time round, there are still plenty of laugh out loud moments as well as thought provoking chapters – like, how do you realistically deal with a chauvinistic sergeant?

This is a series you need to read from the beginning to get the full benefit of, so I’m just going to casually drop the links for the whole series right here for you…. Enjoy!

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