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Fire in the Thatch

Narrated by: Kris Dyer
Series: Robert MacDonald, Book 26
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
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Summary

The Second World War is drawing to a close. Nicholas Vaughan, released from the army after an accident, takes refuge in Devon renting a thatched cottage in the beautiful countryside at Mallory Fitzjohn. Hard work and rural peace seem to make this a happy bachelor life. 

On a nearby farm lives the bored, flirtatious June St Cyres, an exile from London while her husband is a Japanese POW. June’s presence attracts fashionable visitors of dubious character and threatens to spoil Vaughan’s prized seclusion. 

When Little Thatch is destroyed in a blaze, all Vaughan’s work goes up in smoke, and Inspector Macdonald is drafted in to uncover a motive for murder.

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thatch and natch

I enjoyed the aspects of countryside and wartime. Now we have the benefit of DNA, cameras, television and mobiles so it is interesting to see how things have changed especially with regard to the division between urban and rural attitudes. Regarding the plot, nearly drowned in red herrings but I worked out the murderer pretty quickly. Might be time to think of visiting Devon again.

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  • 28-10-18

Exceptional British Mystery

If you enjoy British mysteries then you want to read Fire in the Thatch. Lorac was one of the early developers of this genre and her novel is just crackerjack! Excellent character development, intriguing plot, lots of twists & turns, wonderfully atmospheric. I especially appreciate that this author never just plays with me … no cheap devices to distract or complicate in unbelievable ways. Excellent read. Narration is spot on.

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  • Lorriee
  • 17-12-18

Madness

Convoluted and dated, but interesting. Characters seem superfluous to plot, and often without purpose or necessity to story.

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