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Déluge et apprentis écrivains pour cette 4e enquête de Carter & Campbell...
Le village de Weston St Ambrose, dans les Cotswolds, est confronté à l'hiver le plus pluvieux jamais enregistré. Alors que la rivière sort de son lit, on aperçoit une jeune fille flotter en aval. Morte...
Appelée pour enquêter, l'inspecteur Jess Campbell découvre que le corps est celui de Courtney Higson, la serveuse du restaurant où dîne le club d'écrivains local. Tous la connaissaient. Certains mieux que d'autres semble-t-il. Jusqu'à envisager un meurtre ?
Le commissaire Carter, de son côté, regarde du côté du père de la victime, petit bandit de la région, récemment sorti de prison. Carter et Campbell savent qu'ils doivent agir rapidement pour trouver l'assassin de Courtney avant que son père ne se fasse justice lui-même...
La 3e enquête cosy crime d'Ann Granger.
Dans la froide lumière de l'aube, un cadavre est retrouvé enterré dans les restes fumants d'un manoir des Cotswolds incendié. La Key House est restée vide pendant des années, mais son propriétaire, Gervase Crown, aurait été vu à Weston St Ambrose avant l'incendie. Alors que l'inspecteur Jess Campbell et le surintendant Ian Carter commencent leur enquête, il devient évident que Gervase n'était pas le plus populaire à l'époque et son retour réveille de vieux souvenirs, qui ne sont pas tous bons.
Mais les propres souvenirs de Gervase sur sa maison familiale ne sont pas heureux. Assez malheureux pour lui donner envie de la détruire Pourrait-il être responsable de l'incendie et de la mort tragique qui a suivi, ou était-il en fait la cible visée ? S'il était destiné à être la victime, le tueur va-t-il réessayer ? Sinon, qui est l'homme mort dans les ruines incendiées ?
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Le retour du savoureux cosy crime d'Ann Granger
Dans la campagne anglaise, le vieux Monty Bickerstaffe rentre chez lui après sa tournée journalière en ville pour acheter son whisky et découvre dans son salon un cadavre. Dépéchée sur place, la jeune inspectrice, Jess Campbell, découvre Balaclava House, la belle maison victorienne pleine de cachet mais délabrée, où Monty vit seul depuis le départ de sa femme. Le mort révèle bientôt son identité, un certain Jay Taylor – grand amateur de courses et nègre littéraire.
Pour Jess, plus qu'une intuition : le meurtre est lié à Balaclava House et Jay n'est pas venu mourir par hasard sur le canapé de Monty.
Ann Granger se lance dans le cosy-crime : petits meurtres entre gens de bonne compagnie.
Lucas Burton déteste la campagne ; de la boue, du fumier, des charognes, et c'est tout. Il a bien raison. En se rendant pour affaires dans une ferme abandonnée au milieu de nulle part, il tombe sur le cadavre d'une jeune fille. Ses ennuis ne font que commencer : Penny Gower, qui travaille au centre équestre du coin, a vu sa Mercedes grise quitter les lieux du crime. Les choses commencent à sentir le roussi pour Lucas...
L'inspectrice Jess Campbell est chargée de l'enquête, mais entre l'absence de piste solide et son nouveau commissaire, Ian Carter qui la surveille en permanence, elle est sous pression. C'est alors qu'on découvre un nouveau cadavre...
Fog londonien et secrets victoriens pour la 7e aventure de Ben Ross et sa femme Lizzie.
Mars 1870. Londres est recouvert de brouillard et de glace. Mais Ben Ross, inspecteur de Scotland Yard, a bien d'autres soucis que la météo lorsque le cadavre d'une jeune femme est retrouvée dans une poubelle derrière un restaurant de Piccadilly.
Ben doit dresser le portrait de la victime avant de comprendre comment et pourquoi elle s'est retrouvée là. Son enquête le conduit d'abord chez un bottier de Salisbury, puis chez un propriétaire terrien du Yorkshire. Au même moment, Lizzie, l'épouse de Ben, secondée par Bessie, leur domestique à qui rien n'échappe, enquêtent sur une mystérieuse affaire de femme emprisonnée dans sa propre maison.
Tandis que Ben se lance dans une enquête de plus en plus complexe, Lizzie va découvrir une pièce essentielle du puzzle qui lui permettra de s'approcher au plus près de la vérité.
A dispute between an entrepreneur and the village locals turns deadly...
A gala turns grisly in Murder Among Us, the fourth probing mystery in Ann Granger's gripping Mitchell & Markby series. The perfect read for fans of Ann Purser, Agatha Christie and ITV's Midsomer Murders.
'Told with humour and a most engaging worldliness' - Birmingham Post
When ambitious hotelier Eric Schuhmacher announces he is to turn Springwood Hall, near the market town of Bamford, into a smart Cotswold country-house hotel, the news is greeted by a chorus of local disapproval, led by the redoubtable Hope Mapple. So the gala opening, to which all the disaffected parties have been invited, promises to be quite an event - not least because the amply upholstered Hope Mapple is planning a disruptive streak protest.
But Hope's lightning dash is unexpectedly upstaged by a far more shocking event: the discovery of a recently murdered body on the premises. The victim is a local woman, and for Chief Inspector Markby and his guest Meredith Mitchell what had promised to be a diverting summer treat suddenly turns into a horribly serious affair ...
What readers are saying about Murder Among Us:
'A truly intriguing and sympathetic book'
'A wonderful village mystery, that satisfies on all levels. Her [Ann Granger's] cast of characters are all wonderfully eccentric and provide you with many hours of joy'
'These stories are intricate enough to make you think and easy to read at the same time'
Lizzie Martin risks her life to solve a murder...
A Rare Interest in Corpses introduces Lizzie Martin and childhood friend, Inspector Benjamin Ross as they investigate the death of a young girl. Ann Granger's Inspector Ben Ross series, set in the heart of Victorian London, will enthral fans of Sherlock Holmes and Anne Perry.
'Period colour is nicely supplied... this engrossing story looks like the start of a highly enjoyable series' - Scotsman
It is 1864 when Lizzie Martin takes up the post of companion to a wealthy widow who is also a slum landlord. Lizzie is intrigued to learn that her predecessor as companion had disappeared, supposedly having run off with an unknown man. But when the girl's body is found in the rubble of one of the recently demolished slums around the prestigious new railway station at St Pancras, Lizzie begins to wonder exactly what has been going on. She has re-made the acquaintance of a childhood friend, now Inspector Benjamin Ross, and with his help starts to investigate, risking her life to unearth the truth about the death of a girl whose fate seems interlinked with her own.
What readers are saying about A Rare Interest in Corpses:
'Ann Granger's excellent atmospheric descriptions take the reader on a unique journey in time to a London during Queen Victoria's reign... I found this a fascinating read'
'The writing is good, the historical detail fascinating, and the puzzles interesting'
'Brilliant. Loved this book'
Even the quaintest of villages has its perils... and deadly secrets that cannot be buried...
Mitchell and Markby have to dig deep to find a murderer in Cold in the Earth, the third English village crime novel in Ann Granger's Mitchell & Markby series. The perfect read for fans of Ruth Rendell, Agatha Christie and ITV's Midsomer Murders.
'Set in the familiar mode of traditional country crime stories, there is nothing old-fashioned about the characters, who are drawn with a telling eye for their human foibles and frailties' - Oxford Times
To Meredith Mitchell, marooned in a dusty London flat, the Cotswolds seem like a haven of peace and tranquillity. But Chief Inspector Markby has a rather different view of his native area, as he witnesses the bulldozing of one of his favourite boyhood haunts to make way for yet another housing estate. And when a man's body is found buried in the foundations of one of the plots his outlook turns even grimmer. The only cheering prospect on the horizon is Meredith's forthcoming visit.
The dead man however remains a mystery: the labourer who dug up his body has disappeared and the farmers whose lands abut the burial site are little help. Charming, eccentric Mrs Carmody treats Markby, whom she has known since he was a boy, with fond familiarity and Mrs Winthrop at the neighbouring farm is happy to supply him with tea and scones but gives little else away.
The time has come for someone with a different perspective to see what they can glean. And Meredith, blessed with an uncanny ability for ferreting out the truth, seems the obvious candidate.
What readers are saying about Cold in the Earth:
'There are plenty of suspects in this well written murder mystery and some interesting historical background as well'
'A splendid story'
'Ann Granger, as always, breathes life into her characters and in this novel she also creates a threatening atmosphere'
The Boxing Day Hunt leads to a hunt for a killer...
A Season for Murder is the second cosy and colourful English village mystery in Ann Granger's Mitchell & Markby series. This thrilling whodunit will enthral fans of Colin Dexter, Agatha Christie and ITV's Midsomer Murders.
'A good feel for understated humour, a nice ear for dialogue' - The Times
It is with some trepidation that Meredith Mitchell returns to the Cotswolds: the Bamford district holds memories that, to put it generously, are bittersweet, and Christmas is a difficult time to find oneself a stranger in a new area. Yet she receives a kindly welcome, in particular from her old acquaintance Chief Inspector Markby and from her new neighbour Harriet Needham, a striking redhead with whom Meredith immediately feels a certain kinship.
But Meredith has barely got to know her neighbour when Harriet is involved in a shocking - and fatal - accident at the Boxing Day Hunt. Witnesses to the death are plentiful, for the incident occurred in Bamford's crowded market square, and many are adamant it's a case of murder. Chief Inspector Markby is inclined to agree, although he suspects the guilty party is not the most obvious one. Before long Meredith Mitchell begins, reluctantly, to think he might be right ...
What readers are saying about A Season for Murder:
'The writing is witty and engaging, the characters are well rounded and the reader is left wanting to know more about what might happen in the future to them'
'The interplay between Mitchell and Markby and the clashes and stresses of their own lives nicely balances the intelligent plots'
'Really addictive. Very cleverly woven'
A dead body shatters the tranquillity of a Cotswold village...
Inspector Jess Campbell and Superintendent Ian Carter are put to work after the discovery of a dead body in a cosy Cotswold village. Ann Granger's second Campbell and Carter mystery, Rack, Ruin and Murder, will enthral fans of Rebecca Tope, Agatha Christie and ITV's Midsomer Murders.
'She is on to another winner' - Birmingham Post
When old Monty Bickerstaffe finds a dead body in his drawing room it comes as a nasty surprise - the first of many. Monty lives alone in a crumbling Cotswold manor house and the last thing he wants is the police sniffing around his property. Not that he has anything to hide...
The identity of the corpse and how and why it was left in Monty's home remain a mystery. The locals swear they've seen nothing unusual and Monty's relatives claim they've never set eyes on the stiff before. But Inspector Jess Campbell is convinced that someone's lying and, with the help of Superintendent Ian Carter, she must dig deep into Monty's family history to reveal the shocking truth...
What readers are saying about Rack, Ruin and Murder:
'The book contains humour, intrigue, poignancy and the entire story is one which is easily followed'
'Ann Granger's best ever murder mystery with a brilliant ending of unguessable twists and turns - unputdownable'
'A great follow up to the first book in this series. The descriptions made you feel like you were there'
AN UNFINISHED MURDER is the sixth Cotswold village crime novel in Ann Granger's Campbell and Carter series. Sure to appeal to fans of Midsomer Murders and M. C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin mysteries.
Mitchell and Markby come out of retirement to crack a cold case...
As young children, Josh Browning and his sister, Dilys, stumbled across a dead body while playing on the outskirts of their Cotswold village. Terrified by what they'd seen, neither of them told a soul. Now, twenty years later, Josh finds the dead woman's charm bracelet among his sister's possessions.
Who better to tell than his trusted friend, the man he gardens for, retired Superintendent Alan Markby? As Markby listens to Josh's confession, alarm bells start to ring. The dates and details tie in with a missing person case that was never solved.
Joining forces with Superintendent Ian Carter, who also investigated the original case, and Inspector Jess Campbell, from the region where the missing girl was last seen, Markby delves into the unsolved mystery. Together, they are determined to catch a clever killer who almost got away with murder...
Superintendent Markby faces one of his most complex cases yet...
With her step-mother murdered just two years after the death of her mother, twelve-year-old Tammy Franklin is also at risk of becoming fatherless, because he is suspect number one. Beneath These Stones is the twelfth cosy Cotswolds crime novel in Ann Granger's Mitchell & Markby series. The perfect read for fans of Ruth Rendell, Agatha Christie and ITV's Midsomer Murders.
'A murder mystery that will give you the excuse you need to stay indoors during these dark nights and enjoy a good read' - Hartlepool Mail
Twelve-year-old Tammy Franklin has learned too much about death, too quickly. Two years ago she lost her mother to a long, lingering illness and now the body of the woman her father married in an attempt to replace his wife has been found on a railway embankment close to the Franklin farm. This time the death is murder.
As Superintendent Markby, one of the first on the scene, well knows, Tammy now stands to have her father taken from her, for Hugh Franklin is suspect number one in the mind of the inspector to whom Markby has delegated the case. But, despite his need to distance himself from the murder, Markby begins to realise that the truth is destined to be far more complex than he ever envisaged...
What readers are saying about Beneath These Stones:
'I enjoyed this well written crime novel and thought the characters were well drawn and interesting'
'An excellent enjoyable read'
'The mystery plot is sound and raised above the norm by the existence of plausible characters - including Meredith Mitchell and Alan Markby'