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Murder in the Village

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At the same time, a major police operation is in the works – to get, once and for all, Oxford’s local crime boss. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Maggie has lived in Provence long enough to know that village life is built on gossip and nurtured resentments for the least perceived slight—especially from an outsider. I really enjoyed this first book in a new series which brings together amateur sleuth Belinda Penshurst and retired policeman Harry Powell. She was born and brought up in Canton and since she is now stuck firmly in her past, it is a lovely book I can read to her and see her joy as we talk about places she remembers going as a child.

Against the backdrop of springtime in Provence, a series of malicious poison-pen letters against her best friend Grace leads ex-pat Maggie Newberry to a remote rural village in France—and into a vortex of revenge, spite…and murder. Murder Village: An Improvised Whodunnit acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work, live and perform, and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. Just as she's about to make a breakthrough, everything is turned upside down by a fatal development in anothercase she is working on . It was such an enjoyable first introduction to these characters and setting and has left me very much looking forward to more in the series. The books are full of twists and turns, told with a directness and lack of unnecessary detail that makes them very easy to read.I have to admit I have become a fan of the Hillary Green stories and look forward to reading the next instalment, already sat on the shelf awaiting my attention. Together with Flora, his fellow sleuth, they pack their suitcases, dreaming of fragrant lavender fields and freshly baked pain au chocolat. A twisty and unputdownable cozy mystery featuring a grandmother and granddaughter detective duo – if you’re a fan of The Bingo Hall Detectives, Robert Thorogood or The Thursday Murder Club, you’ll love this! I didn’t read any earlier novels so I felt at a slight disadvantage even though this one works as a standalone. This is a really excellent read, full of action, lots of good police work and really good characters.

A secret problem that’s been haunting her is also solved but probably not in the way she was expecting. Belinda is the proprietor of the local castle and has the pleasure of living in such a grand place which she shares with her father and brother, Marcus. This is just the beginning of a series of strange occurrences including stolen diggers, giant haystacks, haunted playground swings, and human remains that drag Julia, kicking and screaming, into another serious(ish) investigation. The books will work very well as stand alone but a better reading experience will be accomplished by reading them in sequence. I really couldn't get into this book and I don't even have the energy to rehash the plot in my own retelling of it because there doesn't seem much point.

As I mentioned at the start of the review, this is a series that just keeps getting better and better. Murder in the Village sees our regular cast of characters thrown off-kilter by the plots interesting little twists. Being a dog lover, I was in my element with this book and reading of the different breeds of which they also had their own personalities. Belinda has invested in several local businesses as she understands the importance of village commerce, so when a suspicious dead body is discovered in the New Inn, the watering hole in which she is a stakeholder, she is of course concerned about both the murder and its impact on the pub.

Anyway, another exciting action packed plot, which sees Hilary on the ball as usual, Janine being her usual catty self, Tommy finally realising he has no hope with Hilary and Frank Ross getting himself in deep doodah. Harry and Belinda work together to uncover the culprit, while investigating dognapping leading to pregnant thoroughbred dogs.Can Hillary find the murderer and will she survive a brush with one of Oxford’s most dangerous criminals? Belinda finds the cause of her latest problem dead which is how she gets involved in solving the crime. DCI Philip 'Mellow' Mallow Mel appreciates Hillary's first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn't happy about her harassment by the officers from York. The picture-postcard location for this brand spanking new series has shades resembling that of Midsomer Murders; it's stunning, tight-knit but with a sinister edge to it.

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