All is not well in the village. The local meadows have been the pride of Bishops Well for hundreds of years, but now they are facing the sharp blades of developers. The landowner is a rich and reclusive author who is happy to see them destroyed, but the villagers – including Sam Dee and Maggie Kaye – are fighting back.
Until, that is, someone decides to silence one of their number permanently.
As Maggie and Sam soon discover, there is more than a quick buck to be made in the
developers’ plans. There are age-old secrets and personal vendettas that could have deadly repercussions in Bishops Well today.
With Sam’s legal expertise and Maggie’s… well, Maggie-ness, they delve into the past,
determined to unearth the truth. And, as sparks begin to fly, could there finally be something more between this sleuthing duo?
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Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series.
Murder isn’t the only thing on her mind. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from dark humorous comedy, through magic realism to dystopian. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna
has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.
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My thoughts: on returning to Bishops Well, there’s a mass act of civil disobedience to start things off, before the first body drops. Because yes, Maggie and Sam have found another dead one, much to DI Gillian Marsh’s annoyance. But it takes them a while to solve this one, first they have to finally work out what happened to Sam’s wife Alice, so she can stop haunting him and as always with Maggie, she picks out a few wrong suspects first.
These books are a bit lighter in tone than the main DI Marsh series, a lot of village life is funny, and the villagers are all fairly eccentric, even with the high murder rate.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.