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Body In The Transept Mm Mass Market Paperback – Aug 22 1996


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (Aug. 22 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061011339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061011337
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #595,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's Christmas Eve in the small town of Sherebury. Dorothy Martin, a recently widowed American, is looking forward to her first Christmas as a resident of England. But when leaving the cathedral's midnight mass, she literally stumbles over a body. Soon the questions are flying. Who killed Canon Billings? Since the list of suspects includes most of the town, more importantly why? Dorothy has her hands full trying to figure this one out.
I was drawn in by the charm of this book. It starts out rather quickly and the pace never lags until the gripping conclusion. Dorothy is an interesting main character. I felt her interest in the murder was a little under explained, but I was willing to let that go. I really enjoyed the writing style. The first person narration felt like a letter to a friend and the scenes where Dorothy argued with her self were funny because they were so true.
Having already discovered this author's other series, I now look forward to reading more in this one as well. She is a truly talented mystery author.
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By Alicia K. Ahlvers on July 22 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dorothy Martin and her husband had planned to move to England when they retired. When he died she decided to go ahead with their plan. She moves to Sherebury England where she starts to put the pieces of her life back together. Because this is a murder mystery she promptly stumbles over the body of Jonathan Billings. To the dismay of her new friend, Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt, she starts to investigate and as she gets closer to the solution the danger increases. A charming cozy with a main character whose affinity for hats rivals Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax.
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By A Customer on April 21 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is very hard to follow unless you are of the Catholic religion and know what all the technical terms mean. The author fails to make the fictional town of Sheresbury or it's inhabitants in any way appealing. And the author never makes quite clear why a widow of comfortable means would leave a perfectly lovely life in America for a cold, foggy, damp, cramped subsistance of a life in an unheated, unpleasant, unwelcoming house in England. If it's for the ambience, the author fails to provide any that make this setting attractive. The concept is good, the writing bad.
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This is a delightful first novel and for those of us who are sick onto death of mystery and crime novels that portray sickenly graphic violence, Ms. Dams novel is even more of a pleasure.
Dorothy Martin is an American widow living in the fictional English town of Sherebury. Dorothy is over 60, overweight, and given to wearing wonderful hats wherever she goes! She has a great sense of humor and a genuine feeling for others. She has made friends with many of the local people and her interactions with them are charming.
Dorothy lives next door to a famed cathedral; at Christmas Eve services she discovers a body and the game is afoot! Her curiosity is piqued and she decides to solve the crime. In her sleuthing efforts, she wanders about the town talking to people in high and low places. Dorothy makes fast friends with the head of the local police, Alan Nesbitt, and it becomes obvious to readers that a romance is in the making.
There are wonderful descriptions of the town and its inhabitants abound and Ms. Dams nicely explains the differences between American and English viewpoints.
Buy this and enjoy! (I've already purchased and read her next three books and they were all wonderful!)
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