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I have read the first two books in the Village Mystery books, and find them delightful, the characters almost come to life and imagination takes flight. I would definitely recommend Miss Mayhew's books to anyone looking for a good read that grabs hold of you from the first few pages, and makes it difficult to put down until the last page has been read.
I really enjoy these books - the main characters are very likeable and utterly believable, English village life, whether it be in a more traditional backwater or a high-priced, ultra-modern ‘chic’ setting, quite fascinating, and the murders throw up plenty of suspects and tricky questions to answer. As always, the Colonel manages with his usual calm grace and personal integrity. These are not novels show-casing intense, or even mildly committed police involvement. Rather, it is up to the Colonel to solve the murder purely for his own satisfaction and out of respect for the victim. In Dry Bones, the Colonel is as quietly masterful as we have come to expect him to be from the previous two village murder mysteries.
Book 3 in this delightful series. Village mystery after a body being found in a friend's barn, so off we go again with the Colonel assisting. So good to read that the Colonel has settled in well in his new cottage which has had extensive renovation making him feel quite at home (plus a stray cat) so it looks as if he is going to remain in the village (I am so pleased as I love these stories which are so well written). Highly recommended series.
At the end of the day, especially when you been reading hard dry stuff all day, what you want more than anything is to disappear into a novel with agreeable people, a pleasant location, a bit of humour and great narration.
The Colonel gets a phone call from his late wife's friend begging him to visit her as something terrible had happened, her husband was in Hong Kong on a business trip, and she needed the Colonel's help. A skeleton in a shallow grave had been discovered in the barn. Highly intriguing.
I have really enjoyed reading these stories. The colonel, the protagonist, is great, ( I would like to meet him) and all the other characters are well-drawn too. The plots are fascinating and unusual. I am now reading the last in the series, as slowly as I can, and hope more are in the pipeline.