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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New edition edition (Aug. 2 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747268053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747268055
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.6 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #668,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When Meredith Mitchell looks up from her foreign-service desk in London and sees her old friend Toby, back from a posting in Beijing, she is not pleased to hear him ask for a favor--not just of her but also of her fiance, Dectective Superintendent Alan Markby. Alison Jenner, a relative of Toby's, is receiving poison-pen letters referring to the death of her aunt decades before--a murder for which Alison was accused and acquitted. While Meredith and Alan think about their upcoming wedding, another murder brings the old one to the fore, and they find themselves hip deep not only in the investigation but also in the garden, country, pub, and family life of a particular English village. Granger has a winning way with color and structure, and although both characterization and plot get a bit shrill at the end, her latest is an absorbing and well-paced village mystery. GraceAnne DeCandido
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ann Granger has lived in cities all over the world, since for many years she worked for the Foreign Office and received postings to British embassies as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. She is now permanently based in Oxfordshire.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very Enjoyable Read March 14 2005
By Laurel Presser - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series, and I was not disappointed. This was a very enjoyable and satisfying read, even if, as others have pointed out, the ending was a little rushed. If you haven't read any of the earlier Mitchell and Markby mysteries by Ms. Granger it may take you a little while to understand the relationships among the repeating characters, but that won't detract from the story and shouldn't stop you from starting with this book. I suspect that when you're finished you'll want to read the earlier ones as well.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, and hope there's not as much time between books as there was between this and the previous one.

I have just one quibble. Did others notice the several typographical errors throughout the book? I think editors and proofreaders are relying too heavily on computerized spelling and grammar checkers, and not enough on carefully reviewing the actual text.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Looking for a solid mystery with really good characters, pick this one up! March 19 2007
By Liz at - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The most interesting thing about this book is the very natural and realistic relationships between the people and the events that unfold as a result of these relationships. The characters act out because of their shame, fear, loyalty, envy, ambition, sloth, etc. They all have unique characters and world views and all act accordingly. It seems an odd thing to say, but it seems very organic and believable. I think Granger must be a great student of human nature.

I quite like the main characters, too. Meredith Mitchell works for the Foreign Office and her fiancé Alan Marksby is in the police. In their 30's and 40's, they are a strong couple who are willing to compromise to be together and tolerate each other's baggage. Like Toby Smythe, a friend and co-worker of Meredith's who Alan doesn't care for, and who gets them involved in their current unpleasantness - poison pen letters which are being sent to his aunt.

Another thing I liked about this book is that Granger doesn't have Mitchell and Marksby competing to solve the crime before the other does. I find it so annoying when the unofficial detective messes up evidence and conceals information from the police. Instead, she investigates background information that the police don't have the time or inclination to pursue and then turns over what she finds to Marksby. It is a pleasing, cooperative effort that doesn't grate on the nerves.

Did I guess it? Sort of. If you are looking for a solid mystery with really good characters, pick this one up. This is a long series and I plan to go back and read the others, too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lots of typos Aug. 4 2013
By John V. Harper - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have read a dozen of Ann Granger's Meridith and Markby books. This was the weakest. Granger wrote as if she was writing under duress. She seemed to be going through the motions of writing without a passion for her material. The plot was lumbering and many times Granger seemed to be throwing in filler to meet some story length requirement. Worse, the Kindle version is filled with typos. Most pages have multiple typos. These errors greatly diminished the quality of the reading experience.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A village mystery that has some realism. Feb. 28 2005
By SDRTX - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Detective Superintendent Alan Markby and his fiancé Meredith Mitchell have been asked to look into the source of some poison pen letters by Toby Smythe , a friend and colleague of Meredith's . Meredith and Toby have been friends for years and both work for the Foreign Office. Toby's uncle, Jeremy Jenner's second wife has been receiving hateful letters alluding to a murder trial in which she was the defendant twenty years ago. She was cleared of the charges, but it seems someone wants to embarrass her. Before Markby and Merideth's investigation has barely started, Jeremy Jenner`s daughter is found murdered made to look like the murder so many years ago.

Ann Granger can be counted upon to produce a really good cozy mystery. Her characters are a bit more realistic and dimensional than the traditional cozy. The plot was well constructed. The clues came at a quick enough pace to keep suspense high without it being a book that could not be put down. I look forward to the next Markby and Mitchell mystery.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Looks Like the Last in this Series May 1 2015
By Shirley Schwartz - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I think this book is the last in the Mitchell and Markby series as it was released in 2004 and no new books in this series have come out since. That's not to say it's the last of Ann Granger's books or series, as she has many other series in her backlist. I must say I'm sorry to see the end of Meredith and Alan Markby. I have enjoyed them and their sleuthing as well as their rather complicated and prolonged love life. At the end of this book, they are happily looking forward to their marriage and to their new home at the old vicarage. But first they have to solve a crime that appears to start from poison pen letters and an old 25-year-old murder that was never solved. Markby is asked by Meredith to look into the letters that have been sent to Alison Jenner, but before they can get very far forward with that, one of the members of the Jenner household is found dead face down in their ornamental pond. It soon becomes apparent that the old case is still very much in someone's mind, Dirt has be dug up, hatchets have to be buried, and the police need to take a fresh look at an old case before this one can be closed. I'm going to miss the Village of Bamford, and I'm going to miss Meredith and Alan - two of the most likeable sleuths out there.