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The Malvern Mystery

Celtic Druidism and Murder in 19th Century England
Narrated by: Melanie Crawley
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
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Shrouded in secrecy, murder befalls the cozy town of Malvern - but are supernatural forces to blame, or someone with motives more sinister?

When schoolteacher Lorna Buchanan witnesses a strange ceremony on the grounds of St. Anne’s College, she is sacked by the tyrannical headmistress - and becomes entangled in a web of mysticism and murder. 

Set in a cozy 19th-century English spa town, The Malvern Mystery follows Lorna as she investigates a deadly crime clouded by deception, greed, and ancient rituals. With class troublemaker Margaret and staunch Police Sergeant Caswell as her allies, cryptic clues, including a mysterious woman in white and a peculiar coin, leave her searching for answers. Will she solve the mystery and find the culprit - before more lives are lost?

Unravel Helen Susan Swift’s The Malvern Mystery to find out - get your copy today.

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Murder mystery finely voiced

I quite enjoyed Swift's tale of murder in Malvern and the struggle of Lorna Buchanan to discover who done it. Highlights for me included the setting, well created in the narration, gloomy and foreboding, along with the characters, most particularly the budding friendship of Lorna and Margaret, a former student of Lorna's from Lorna's very brief employment at a country school for girls. The efforts of Lorna and Margaret to secure the information they need to solve the mystery as women in 19th century England are cleverly composed, and the regular flashbacks to Lorna's upbringing in India are very nice touches fleshing out Lorna's character development. What I most enjoyed about this tale was the narration itself. Melanie Crawley does a fine job of endowing each figure of the story with their own voice and style, and her narration keeps the tale alive. Well done.

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  • Layla
  • 01-14-20

The Malvern Mystery

I found I couldn't get into the book after a body was found.
The book cover did not match the year/century the story was in. That might be a small thing but the images I had in my head did not match the things that was said in the book. It didn't feel like we were in the 19th century. This could be just me.
Later in the book it gets more interesting as they try and find out who donit.
This is my personal opinion and others might disagree with me and actually love it.