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Publisher's Summary

When Meredith Mitchell agreed to stay with her actress cousin, Eve, in the run up to Eve's daughter's wedding, she anticipated a degree of drama. But she can hardly have expected it to include murder, blackmail, and unrequited love. Or to involve a certain Chief Inspector Markby, a middle-aged divorcee.

As material witness to the only case of murder the Cotswold village of Westerfield has ever seen, Meredith soon becomes involved in the case and with helping Chief Inspector Markby. Meredith is a career diplomat and soon needs her considerable skills when steering a path between her duty to the police and loyalty to her cousin's family.

©1991 Ann Granger; (P) W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Granger's strong debut features Meredith Mitchell, a British consular officer who encounters murder and a contemplative chief inspector during her Oxfordshire holiday." (Publishers Weekly)
"A gripping tale....you'll soon be addicted." (Woman and Home)

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  • C. Knight
  • 09-27-17

Just not very nice

I found this actually pretty horrid, it has some nasty bits with dead animals in it that I wished I'd known about before I brought it.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • K
  • 09-27-17

Instantly forgettable

I only finished this last week and I had to return to the book details to remind myself what it was about. Not a good sign.

I suppose if you're after a read that doesn't challenge you AT ALL then this is fit for purpose. Nevertheless, this doesn't make it any better than a 25p charity shop offering, though.

The narrator does an creditable job with relatively sub-standard material.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs
  • 01-29-18

Fun listen.

This was fun to listen to. It is well produced. The plot allows plenty of opportunity for guessing who dunnit, should you wish.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kirstine
  • 12-13-07

well-plotted and well-read

This book is the one in which Markby and his future wife Meredith first meet. It is a good story that keeps one wanting to listen. There are quite a few characters to remember, but they are brought alive by the writer and the excellent reading by Judith Boyd.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 09-28-10

A good start to the series

Great for long journeys in the car enjoyed by all the family

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  • Cathy Swanson
  • 11-20-17

excellent

A thoroughly enjoyable read. with well drawn characters and a plot with many twists and turns

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  • sandra streeting
  • 01-17-18

Pleasant listening

This was a very pleasantly relaxing book to listen to. Not exciting but very well told and written.

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