Inspector Ramsay Series

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 506 ratings

A Lesson in Dying Summary

Who hanged the headmaster in the playground on the night of the school Hallowe'en party? Almost everyone in Heppleburn either hated or feared the viper-tongued Harold Medburn.

Inspector Ramsay is convinced it was the headmaster's enigmatic wife, but Jack Robson, school governor and caretaker, is determined to prove her innocence. With the help of his restless, enthusiastic daughter, Patty, Jack digs into the secrets of Heppleburn and uncovers a cesspit - of lies, adultery, blackmail and madness.

©1990 Ann Cleeves (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • A Lesson in Dying

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 133

    Who hanged the headmaster in the playground on the night of the school Hallowe'en party? Almost everyone in Heppleburn either hated or feared the viper-tongued Harold Medburn. Inspector Ramsay is convinced it was the headmaster's enigmatic wife, but Jack Robson, school governor and caretaker, is determined to prove her innocence. With the help of his restless, enthusiastic daughter, Patty, Jack digs into the secrets of Heppleburn, and uncovers a cesspit - of lies, adultery, blackmail and madness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I didn't think I would like this book, but it surprised me.

    • By Flint on 07-09-17

    Regular price: £17.89

  • Book 2

    • Murder in My Backyard

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 120

    No one in Heppleburn has a bad word to say about Alice Parry. But here she is, murdered in her own backyard. And when detective Stephen Ramsay starts asking questions in the village, a more ambiguous picture begins to emerge. Yes, old Mrs Parry was loved by everyone, but sometimes her kindness had caused trouble. Yes, her two nephews were devoted to her, but they didn't really want her interfering in their personal lives.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • So poor I couldn’t listen to it.

    • By judith gooding on 15-05-18

    Regular price: £27.49

  • Book 3

    • A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    For vicar's wife Dorothea Cassidy, Thursdays were special. Every week she would look forward to the one day she could call her own. But one Thursday in June was to be more special than any other.... As the small town of Otterbridge prepares for its summer carnival, Inspector Stephen Ramsay begins a painstaking reconstruction of Dorothea's last hours.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping to the end

    • By Ann on 18-03-19

    Regular price: £17.89

  • Book 4

    • Killjoy

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    Gus Lynch is directing the Youth Theatre through a rehearsal. The cast is in place, but the female lead, Gabriella Paston, is missing. Later that evening her body is discovered in the boot of Gus' car. Detective Inspector Stephen Ramsay and Sergeant Gordon Hunter are assigned to head the murder enquiry. Meanwhile, violence is escalating on the Starling Farm Estate as police battle to contain the latest outbreak of joyriding. Is the death of Gabriella connected to the events at Starling Farm?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not For Me

    • By jean on 24-01-18

    Regular price: £18.59

  • Book 5

    • The Healers

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    News of the murder first came to Inspector Stephen Ramsay early on Monday morning. They found the strangled body of farmer Ernie Bowles lying on his kitchen floor. The gruesome discovery had first been made by Lily Jackman, a new-age traveller who was living with her boyfriend in a caravan on Bowles' land. Then another person is strangled, a woman who, on the surface, had absolutely no connection with the dead farmer. Surely two such killings in the same locality are more than just chilling coincidence. 

    Regular price: £24.49

  • Book 6

    • The Baby-Snatcher

    • Inspector Ramsay Series, Book 6
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    When 15-year-old Marilyn Howe turns up alone and frightened on Inspector Ramsay's doorstep he has little choice but to invite her in. Marilyn and her mother, Kathleen, are a familiar sight around Heppleburn. But Kathleen has unaccountably failed to return home that evening. Ramsay takes the young girl home, to the isolated coastal community known as the Headland. And in the Howes' dark and cluttered kitchen they find Kathleen safe and apparently well, though acting rather mysteriously. Six months later, Ramsay has more or less forgotten the strange incident. Until he receives news that Mrs Howe has disappeared once more. Then a woman's body is washed up on the beach.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ok

    • By NHP on 25-06-18

    Regular price: £18.59