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I don’t know how Ms Dams does it! Each book has a wealth of information on the area in which it’s set as a backdrop to the intricate and beautifully weaved, not to mention exciting, stories. The characters are so well crafted you wouldn’t be surprised to meet them. I no longer worry about reaching the end of the series as, rarely for me, I would be happy to read them all again.
I love these sweet stories. The non police investigators are very good in what they do and often beat the police to an answer. However it is up to the police to prove it, usuall quite easy when they know the culprit.
I've read all 11 books in the Dorothy Martin series. Dorothy is a woman of a certain age who moves from Indiana to the English village of Sherebury after being widowed. Dorothy is a retired schoolteacher with a sharp, inquisitive mind and a great deal of curiosity that leads her to become involved in solving various murders in her town and across England. There is some romance in the mix too as Dorothy meets Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt. These books are well written cozies that will entertain you and leave you wishing for an afternoon tea with Dorothy and Alan.
I really like the Dorothy Martin series, but this one was almost too scary for me. I don't really like very scary mysteries, and while others may find it mild, I did not. Dorothy and Alan are on the case after they find a corpse (of course). And their chance encounter with a wild young man on a motorbike piques their interest as well. As the two begin to come together on common ground, one feels there is something sinister getting very close. Too close. The ending is explosive.
I've read a lot of mysteries, but I need to pay more attention. This one really drove home that there are useful skills taught by the sleuths of cozy mysteries. Mrs. Martin again saves the day by applying skills learned through reading. Since the associated books are acknowledged, it seems I can look forward to much more reading.