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I highly recommend this story to lovers of English cozy mysteries. An eccentric cast of characters each with secrets of their own leading to twists and turns as the story unfolds. The novel is enriched by the budding romance between the lead character and her crime solving partner.
Strong characterisation, though this strayed into some stereotyping at times. The change of perspective as the reader visited the various households allowed for in-depth understanding of each character’s views, fears, foibles etc and enhanced suspicion as various motives were revealed. However, the shifts of perspective were sometimes too abrupt and created a choppy feel. The exploration of the murder/s was thorough but lacked any police engagement, even to the hit-and-run, which I found unbelievable and disappointing. The ending was abrupt and I felt there was a lack of the sense of real justice being done. Over all, the plot was intriguing and I enjoyed the interplay of the protagonists and the development of their relationships.
An unusual perspective on the attractions and pitfalls of village life, revolving around the Church calendar and the routines of the congregation. The interesting and varied characters are drawn with precision and insight, and good use is made of biblical quotations as clues to a series of incidents. The main character, Suzy, a mother of two, has difficulties in managing her new lifestyle and relationships, and seems all the more human as a result of her mistakes. This is a big, eventful story packed into a fairly fast-moving and dramatic narrative, and one finishes the book knowing the story doesn't end there. I found it all thoroughly enjoyable.
This book is brilliant and if you are looking for a cosy and not too blood curdling a murder it is ideal. I loved the characters and you soon get familiar with them which is typical of perhaps more bygone days when most people in a village knew nearly everyone else, we seem to have lost that now and it is a great shame i feel. A real Church come Village read and it is pdrhaps the person you least expect to be the murderer. I really hope that there will be a whole series set in the village and we can get to know these people better... Excellent story, will order the second book and look forward to reading it!
I thought this was really well written. I got to know the main characters, and become interested in them, as if they were real people. The storyline was satisfying, but I found the use of so many imaginary places a bit irritating. From memory only Newcastle and London really exist, and neither of these are anywhere near setting of the story. I have already enjoyed the second book in the series, and hope that I will be able to get "Death of a Teacher" on my Kindle in the near future.
This book is hard to put down if you like feisty characters and village life wrapped around a church and religious events. Upheaval in the parish and secrets used for blackmail purposes combined with a person's idea of grandiose lead to murder, mayhem and love. Sheer escapism at its best suitable for any adult looking for a good read.