"A green and pleasant land?"
by Rebecca Wall for remotegoat on 18/08/16

'Parish Fête-ality: A Game of Scones' had me chuckling as soon as the lights were dimmed and the familiar bars of the 'Game of Thrones' theme tune filled the stage. Even for those unfamiliar with the addictive HBO series, who might perhaps not find lines such as 'de Winter is coming' quite as hilarious as I did, this is a witty and rollicking romp through English country life.

Jowlhurst is a village with a rapidly decreasing population, following a recent string of unsolved and gruesome murders. Those who remain are concerned: how can they buy their produce locally if the butchers and bakers are dropping like flies? Who will protect them against this deadly pagan killer? Will anyone be left to attend the annual village fête, and who will take the recycling out? Thankfully, the parish council stands ready to lead, united against the threatening forces of modernity, greenfield developments, and loose morals. All, that is, except for council member Octavia Larks, whose aristocratic and bohemian family could give the Lannisters a run for their money in the depravity stakes. Nevertheless, these unlikely heroes could just prove to be the village's salvation- if only they can survive cousin Beatrice's wedding!

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