Essentially the novel is a who-dunnit of the classic body in a room, how did it get there, who did the deed variety. Murder at the Jolly Jester also spins off into an exploration of village life which has all the overtones of big city crime and misdemeanours. Sharply written with some hilarious one-liners, the zero-hours contract gag is my favourite, Murder at the Jolly Jester is Ronald's story throughout. At first Ronald appears to be an unattractive, self-indulgent pub landlord but as the story develops so does Ronald's character. His journey of self-discovery and involvement in new relationships underpins the novel's complex plot. Ronald becomes more heroic and reveals unexpected strengths and traits. Sharing village life with Ronald are a catalogue of characters who in many cases are also seen in a new light as the novel moves towards its unexpected finale. In places the novel lives up to its laugh-out-loud billing but it's also dramatic, tense and quietly emotional. However, overall Murder at the Jolly Jester is funny and entertaining and I really enjoyed reading it.