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Gives lots of details into a church.. Be it Catholic or C of E. It is what is believed within the person that counts. This story has a person who will not give up until she finds the murderer. But what a ride it will take her on.
Likeable characters, well-written and easy to read. Although I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of the cathedral, I found the somewhat heavy emphasis on church life a bit much at times. The plot was sound and the denouement sufficiently exciting. I will certainly read more offerings in this series.
I am not damning with faint praise. Lots of detective fiction turns out to be pretty bad, but If you like yours in the classic tradition, with a sense of place and nothing too violent or scary, this might be for you. Not many things really jar in this book. Describing an English cathedral town (which also has a university), as small enough for everybody to know everybody strains credulity. She mentions houses that seem to have tenants, but no indoor plumbing, which doesn't ring true in the late 20thC, which is when the story seems to be set. She talks of women 'bargaining over purchases' in a market. Has she mixed the English counties up with Marrakesh? The author's efforts to justify the main character's detective activities are also a bit strained, but this is often a problem in detective books where the protagonist is not...a detective.
On the whole this is a pleasant enough read. I would be interested to see if the series gets better as it goes on.
A new series for me but not the last. I have just finished book1 and what a joy it has been. Dorothy Martin is a mature American lady who has just lost her husband and comes to England to sample our way of life as they had planned to do. Dorothy settles in a lovely village thinking that it would be cosy and long-term inspiring as she becomes more and more engrossed in the quiet and simple way of life - however, that was before she becomes involved in sorting out a murder much to the displeasure of the local constabulary. On the way she becomes friends with the Inspector who tries to keep her from getting involved in finding the murderer - without much success. The final involvement in the local church is quite exciting and somewhat hilarious. All in all she decides to stay in England and goodness knows what she will get up to next, but I am looking forward to finding out in the next book, and I can highly recommend this cosy mystery series.
Rather slow start. However once things got moving an interesting story about a widowed American establishing herself in a rural village community. Her determination to solve a series of murders during the Christmas period was entertaining. Added love interest when she encountered the local chief constable who was a widower. I wonder where this relationship will go and if he will be able to reign back the amateur sleuth. A good book.
I've read a lot of "cozy murder mysteries" and this one was far better written than most. I liked Dorothy, the central character, to start with, but as her behaviour became more and more foolhardy I began to find her rather irritating.