When old Monty Bickerstaffe finds a dead body in his drawing room it comes as a nasty surprise. Monty lives alone in a crumbling Cotswold manor house and the last thing he wants is the police sniffing around his property. But Inspector Jess Campbell is determined to solve the mystery, with the help of Superintendent Ian Carter, she must dig deep into Monty's family history to reveal the shocking truth...
©2011 Ann Granger (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
Not a bad novel, though I did find a lot of the attitudes displayed by people - especially towards the police a trifle overdone. No-one was 'normal', and it did rather stretch one's belief, as did the convoluted family structures in the novel!
I won't bother with this writer again. I did find the narration a trifle odd too - the narrator announced the chapter numbers as if they were earth shattering events
I have read most of Ann Granger's novels and enjoyed them very much, but what happened here I don't know. The story line is none existent, and as slight as it is, it's drawn out beyond belief. I couldn't have cared less about any of the characters. I was actually listening to this on a plane with no other choices otherwise I would have given up.
For anyone who loved and misses Granger's Alan Markby series this is a must! Fortunately Judith Boyd narrates again brilliantly and this is an easy cosy listen.
I listen for pleasure while commuting or pottering around the house and gardens. I am not a literary snob and enjoy a good murder mystery.
I enjoyed the book. It wasn't the best but average. I loved the character of Uncle Monty with his eccentricities. The book did capture the atmosphere that it could of and that was my problem with it.
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