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Summary

An English village can be deadly, when your past catches up with you....

In the beautiful rural Somerset village of Lower Hembrow, crammed full with English eccentrics, something is amiss....

Landscape gardener Imogen Bishop has spent the last 30 years trying to forget one fateful school night but when her estranged husband Greg Bishop is found dead in the grounds of her father's Georgian hotel, danger threatens to overwhelm her.

Retired police officer Adam Hennessey, hoping for a peaceful life running his traditional Somerset country pub, finds himself drawn into the unfolding drama in the hotel across the road. 

Imogen, Adam and Harley the stray dog form an unlikely partnership as they try to untangle a knot of secrets, solve a murder mystery and bring a killer to justice.

©2020 Frances Evesham (P)2020 Boldwood Books

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Great Escapism

An entertaining piece of escapism charmingly performed. Very enjoyable, just what we need at this time.

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Like the curate's egg, good in places - but...

... for a freebie, it was just OK, However I'd have been annoyed if I had paid for it. I was doing a day's gardening at my son's new still-empty house so downloaded 'easy listening' to keep me company for the day.I sat over my evening meal to listen to the final chapter and found the ending so awful I was yelling "Well that was rubbish' with frustration to the substantial weed pile.

I really liked the narrator: she voiced characters of both genders very convincingly and had a pleasant, engaging tone so we were off to a good start. However, she outclassed the story by a fair distance.
This book is full of endless padding - with an unrealistic gathering of suspects for the denouement and a solution that was, in no way, embedded in the journey that got us there. It included huge leaps in knowledge including a previously unmentioned and clearly unloved character who actually had no bearing on the murders under investigation. it was lazy plotting: the seeds of the solution hadn't been properly woven into the narrative but the red herrings had.

What was most annoying was that the two central characters were quite thoughtfully drawn. They were original, had believable depth and you cared about their fate. Oh well. At least the gardening came to a satisfactory conclusion.

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Mostly good

This is an easy listen, a good story well performed. The performer uses subtle accent and tone changes to indicate the different characters – I find her very easy to listen to.
Like manyBooks in this genre, the end is disappointing with some ‘made for tv’ moments Which don’t really work. Still, for a freebie, it’s a pretty good lesson

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One of the very best cosy mysteries!

Fantastic book! The story is intricate and the characters are good people. It is a peaceful read that kept me guessing until the end. Highly recommend it!

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Very Average

This is a very bland formulaic book. Not bad, well read, but could have been written on a spreadsheet.

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Great story

Loved this and will look for more from this author in the same vein

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good story

Good story that held my attention. Well narrated. A very easy listen. l enjoyed.

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Uncomplicated, good to relax to

Enjoyed this story which was an easy evening listen without being at all boring.

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Good Story

Nicely written, interesting and keeps going until the end. Will be reading more from this author. The narration was good too.

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Enjoyable

I throughly enjoyed this book. Listened to it whilst I was sewing and crocheting, it’s great just to sit back and let someone read to you

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  • Ellen
  • 24-09-21

Village Murder

This is a English who done it murder who done it story. Easy to listen to. Narrator was 👍. There are couple of books by this author….first time I listen to him….not bad. Sit back,relax and enjoy.

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  • 19-06-21

Pretty good

A Village Murder is pretty good with interesting characters and a well written plot. The pace was a bit slow but overall it was pretty good. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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  • 10-10-21

Wonderful

Another well written murder story in the Agatha Christie manner. It is wonderfully believable and has the suspense to keep you listening to the end. Love to find out how it all fits together. Never guessed the culprit. Most enjoyable to find another author that I love and a reader that holds your interest and allows you to hear it as if it was being told to you as a story with all the nuances one would normally use your self.

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  • M. Gibson
  • 27-12-20

Thoroughly enjoyable.

I enjoyed everything about this novel — the characters, the mystery and the narration. All superb.

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  • 10-10-21

perfect

The perfect murder mystery for a lazy Sunday, good plot, great characters, without gory details.

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  • 18-10-21

Well done

An excellent cozy mystery. Great story, great narration. I will certainly listen to more of this author’s stories.

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  • Charlene
  • 15-10-21

Good story, excellent narration

I liked the story and the narration was very good. It was a good listen.

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  • 17-10-21

Good story

I have enjoyed listening to this story. It was interesting and I was surprised by the ending. I like this writer and will read more by her.

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  • Nancy McCall
  • 09-10-21

excellent

Excellent mystery. A winding path to the killer but there were other crimes to muddy the trail to the killer. Enjoyable

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  • Gloria
  • 30-10-21

Interesting and clever read

Interesting and clever story and characters. Well written dialogue between between mature adults with many life experiences. Pleasant mystery between who are the villains and innocents.

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