Village Secrets (Tales from Turnham Malpas #5) by Rebecca Shaw

Village Secrets (Tales from Turnham Malpas #5)

Mysterious goings-on in the village of Turnham Malpas...The village school is to get a new head, and the inhabitants of Turnham Malpas await her arrival with curiosity. At first sight, Kate Pascoe seems ideal. She's young, pretty and obviously loves her job. But when she introduces meditation classes for her ten-year-olds, and even tree-hugging, the villagers begin to think again. Then a strange malaise afflicts the whole village: lights are seen...

Details Village Secrets (Tales from Turnham Malpas #5)

TitleVillage Secrets (Tales from Turnham Malpas #5)
Release DateJan 21st, 2010
PublisherOrion Publishing Group
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews Village Secrets (Tales from Turnham Malpas #5)

  • June Louise
    In Village Secrets the quiet, countryside lifestyle is shaken up big style by the arrival of Kate Pascoe, the new Headteacher of Turnham Malpas School - as well as her moggie, unimaginatively given the name of "Cat". Aloof and independent, Kate and her "different" teaching methods and subjects, are not well received; especially when it came to teaching the school children meditation and tree-hugging. Not only that, but Kate is not all she seems; ...
  • Crissy
    Great funny read
  • Sue
    This is fifth in the Turnham Malpas series and is rather more dramatic than the previous ones. Much of the plot concerns Kate (Ms Pascoe), the new tree-hugging vegan New Age headmistress of the village school. Clearly she's up to no good, but village life goes on amongst the increasingly large cast.The conversations and character development were no better than in previous novels, and I was a bit disappointed with the caricature and melodrama tha...
  • Kathy
    While I definitely enjoyed this book, I found the subject matter a little odd for the tiny village of Turnham Malpas. New school head, Kate Pacoe, gets involved in some mysterious and dangerous happenings. After tragedy befalls humans and animals alike, the rector and villagers step in to stop matters. At least the ends meet satisfaction, and lead on to the next installment.
  • Zeta T.
    I was hoping for something like Miss Read's Fairacre, and at first it seemed a bit like it but then it turned into a crappy "mystery" story with violence and B.S. about "witchcraft". Very disappointing.
  • Debra
    Normally Rebecca Shaw's books are feel good reading for me. I enjoy her gentle portraits of life in small town England. This one had a mean spiritedness directed toward non-Anglicans that bothered me and distracted from my expected enjoyment.
  • Jen
    Books like this are almost as comforting as tea and toast, and that's not just because of the Milly-Molly-Mandy-esque village map at the start of the book. If you're looking for a calm, soothing read, look no further!
  • Norma
    I'm really enjoying this series of books. Living on an island I can relate to these descriptions of village life. People being nosey, wanting to know your business etc. I would recommend these books to anyone who fanices a light read as I seem to plough through them very quickly.
  • Donna Boultwood
    Another lovely story about the villagers of Turnham Malpas. Quite a sinister storyline in this one. Great characters. As usual all turns out right in the end!
  • David
    I liked this book, I loved newcomer Kate Pascoe and her wee story she brought to the village. There is laughter, tragedy and a shock death in this latest novel someone I grew to like :(...
  • Kyrsten.ryder
    This continues to b a really good series of books although this one is a bit scary in places. I do not like the new Head Teacher of the village school
  • Marie Bouteille
    A nice read with enough suspense to make you want to know the end.
  • F M
    Reading the review for this, i realise I read this some time ago. Witchcraft involved! I think these books are rather well thought-out.
  • Curlyhair
    Not a bad read.
  • Martha
    I like this series of books, enjoyable, well written, I always feel like I'm walking through the streets of the village when I read them.
  • Sarah
    Things are looking up in this series... the rustic soap is becoming cosy mystery again: 2 deaths and something decidedly evil going on in the woods at night! Much more enjoyable than the last one.
  • Jemma
    I registered a book at!