Miss Marple met the millionaire Jason Rafiel on her trip to the Caribbean and, after reading of his death, is astounded to receive a message from beyond the grave asking her to look into an unspecified injustice. After receiving directions to join a group touring stately homes and gardens, Miss Marple begins to identify the crime that Rafiel wants her to look into – but it seems that others on the tour are also interested in the same events.
When one of her fellow tourists is crushed by a boulder, it seems that Miss Marple is on the right track – but that someone is determined to ensure that the past remains a secret.
670 AD, Ireland. A gang of wreckers drive a ship onto the rocks and the sole survivor of the ship witnesses them accost a group of religeuse and brutally murder the Abbess who was leading the group. She was the Abbess of the Abbey of Ard Fhearta, to which Sister Fidelma and Brother Eadulf are summoned to investigate the missing people. But when they arrive, there is a more pressing concern – the Venerable Cinead, a scholar of some repute has been found murdered.
Could the two events be connected – and if so, how? The more that Fidelma investigates, the more that she hears stories of the “Master of Souls” who stalks the land nearby. It seems that someone is trying to stir up war with her people, and that someone is the spitting image of Uaman the Leper, the Lord of the Passes – someone who Eadulf saw die… or did he?
11 year-old twin geniuses and some-time sleuths Nick and Tesla are bored. Their parents have vanished and their eccentric Uncle Newt isn’t the most… focused guardian. So when one of their friends asks for their help in retrieving a priceless comic which has been stolen from their store, it seems a good way to pass the time.
But there seems to be a slew of robberies in Half Moon Bay – more than just the comic – and the only link seems to be an array of robots that seem to be present in each one of the crime scenes… Maybe Nick and Tesla (and the reader) should build their own mechanical creature to fight back!
Louis XI of France, the “Spider”, has a hold over the English court. An English agent, carrying the Book of Ciphers has vanished without trace in Paris. Claiming to have the book, he sends three agents to Kent to negotiate with Lord Henry Beauchamp, the Keeper of the Secret Seal, the spymaster of Edward IV. But Lord Henry has his own games to play…
The newlywed Kathryn Swinbrooke is summoned to the negotiations to uncover the truth behind a letter from Henry’s dead wife that accuses the Lord of murdering her – only it has been sent recently despite being written in her own handwriting and with her own seal. But before she can look into that, a spate of murders breaks out in the nearby village of Walmer. The blacksmith and his wife are both poisoned at the same time, with different poison, and it seems that the village council have been targeted – this is only the beginning of the deaths. The village has a history of violence – from the execution of a group of wreckers to the slaying of three Lancastrian refugees from the Battle of Tewkesbury. It seems that the worse is yet to come…
Well, this has been a funny old month. Nine books, eight of which were read before the eighteenth of the month and then only one since then. As I mentioned in the last review, the cause was in part a deeply dull new release that I intended to review but couldn’t bring myself to finish. I tried my best, getting further than I normally would in a book that I didn’t enjoy, but it became too much like hard work. Obviously, no names but if you noticed something vanishing from the “Coming Soon” tab, that’s the book.
On top of that, I broke my “one book per author per month” rule with two from both Paul Doherty and Dame Agatha but sometimes when your reading’s off track, you need an old favourite. But as I mentioned at times throughout the month, this was always going to be a difficult Puzzly to call.
And we’re back…
Gossington Hall, home of Dolly and Colonel Arthur Bantry, is disturbed one morning when the body of a young, platinum blonde girl is discovered in, yes, the library. No apparent connection is made between the location and the body and nobody recognises her. Luckily Dolly’s old friend, Jane Marple, has a few ideas…
Soon a second body is discovered and the focus of the investigation becomes the Majestic Hotel in Danemouth, and a tale of adopted young women and a possibly lost inheritance. But how on earth –and why – did that body end up in the library?
Matt Scudder used to be a policeman until a tragic accident drove him out of the police force and in the direction of the nearest bottle. Now he survives as an unofficial private eye, doing “favours” for friends.
Wendy Hanniford was murdered by the boy she shared her apartment with. It’s an open and shut case, especially when the boy commits suicide in prison. But Wendy’s estranged father wants to know the truth about her life – how she came to the point of sleeping with men for money and how she came to be murdered. As Scudder looks into the case, it seems the truth could be not as clear cut as it seems.