When Sam Dee moves to the beautiful Wiltshire village of Bishops Well, he expects a quiet life of country walks and pub lunches. OK, so his new neighbour, Maggie Kaye, is a little peculiar, but she’s very nice – and his old pal Richard Ruta lives just down the road.
But when Richard throws one of his famous parties, things take a sinister turn. Sam, Maggie and the rest of the guests are dumbfounded when Richard falls down dead. A horrible tragedy – or a cunningly planned murder?
With a village full of suspects – and plenty of dark secrets – just who exactly would want to bump off their host? Is there a connection to another mysterious death, nearly twenty years before?
Armed with her local knowledge, Maggie – with Sam’s reluctant but indispensable help – is soon on the case. But when the body count starts to rise, will sleepy Bishops Well ever be the same again?
Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. Murder isn’t the only thing on her mind. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from dark humorous comedy, through magic realism to dystopian. A globe-trotter and Jack-
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My thoughts: this was a really enjoyable mystery novel – with two amateur sleuths hunting out clues and doing better than the police. Putting little things together, references to Richard’s ‘love of his life, which didn’t seem to be any of his wives, the mysterious woman at the airport, without any access to official equipment or information. But the police are right behind them and can put the murderer away for it.
DI Gillian Marsh is only peripherally involved, as she’s supposed to be on sick leave, but she can’t quite leave it alone. Doesn’t help that Maggie keeps trying to get information out of her about the investigation.
A really fun spinoff from the DI Marsh series, set just up the road from Marsh’s beat.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.