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Summary

The two elderly sisters of the Oakley family live in poverty in an ancient mansion and have decided to sell up to live comfortably from the profits. However, things become more complicated when a young Polish man appears claiming rights to half the fortune. When he dies in circumstances familiar to the Oakley family, the sisters are haunted by the shadow of crime, and Superintendent Markby must look back at the events of a century ago to find the killer.
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©1991 Ann Granger

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"An engaging cozy, as always." (Library Journal)

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Parallel stories, expertly intertwined

I've enjoyed a number of Anne Granger books and think this is one of her best. She cleverly weaves together two murder stories separated by a century that are linked through a family lineage. The author manages to keep the unravelling of the two stories quite clearly delineated so that one is never confused as into which century the current chapter is set. Though a long book the narrative never flags as one is propelled along eager to know what happens next. Judith Boyd, the reader, is pivotal in making this an excellent adio book.

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  • Elizabeth
  • Maisons-Laffitte, France
  • 01-09-07

A very enjoyable listening experience!

I invariably enjoy listening to Ann Granger's books, particularly those read by Judith Boyd. This particular book is now my current favourite detective novel and I would recommend fans of this genre to listen to it. Ann Granger writes in such a way as she keeps her readers guessing until almost the very end. In this particular book, however, she goes further and weaves together two stories, one contemporary and one not. This bringing together of two plots is so skilfully done and is in no way irritating: I'm sure many listeners have had their enjoyment of a book spoilt by the inclusion of too many 'flashbacks'. In 'Shades of a Murder' there are no 'flashbacks', just two stories which support and enhance each other.
The only slight criticism I have of this book is that there are one or two 'holes' (i.e. issues which should have been pursued or elaborated on) but perhaps I am only aware of the existence of these as I have so many of PDJames' carefully-crafted books which seem to have police procedure off to a 'T'.
Thank you Audible for introducing me to Ann Granger. I shall be adding every one of her titles to my library in due course.

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Loved it!

Ann Granger's Mitchell and Markby books are a real treat. Intelligently plotted and well-written, they entertain without dumbing down. I feel quite fond of the two main characters and their couple dilemmas. Beautifully narrated by Lynda Snell! Recommended.

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  • Margaret H
  • 12-10-07

Delicious Murder Mystery

This is my favorite Ann Granger mystery. It is a simply delicious village cozy featuring an old deteriorating estate house, poison, a mysterious relative and murder. Great fun.

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  • John
  • 04-11-18

Always A Good Satisfying Read..!!

You can always be assured that you will get your “money’s worth” when purchasing one of Ann Grangers books
... a satisfying listen at all times..

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  • Eileen
  • 20-06-10

A quiet story in a quiet place

I've listened to 3 stories by this author, and this was in the middle in terms of my pleasure in it. The story itself is fairly tame, with a mystery that's interesting without being compelling. I enjoyed getting to know some of the characters. I have problems with this narrator -- find the voice hard to follow, and a bit too distracting, and I didn't care for her accent when reading the villain's parts.

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  • Jane
  • 05-04-09

Very British!

Ann Granger had been recommended by a friend, and I really enjoyed Shades of Murder. It was very British which is right up my alley!