A tangle of conflicting clues, suspects and possible witnesses...
Meredith Mitchell is involved in yet another murder case with Cotswold Chief Inspector Markby in Where Old Bones Lie, the fifth whodunit in Ann Granger's Mitchell & Markby series. The perfect read for fans of M.C. Beaton, Agatha Christie and ITV's Midsomer Murders.
'A tidy, inventive and intricate plot graced with lovely scenic descriptions' - Publishers Weekly
What do you do when you think your ex-lover has murdered his wife? That's the question Ursula Gretton, an archeologist working on the Saxon burial ground on Bamford Hill, puts to Meredith Mitchell in the hope that Meredith's friendship with Cotswold Chief Inspector Markby might cast some light on her dilemma. But Markby is dismissive of Ursula's suspicions concerning the disappearance of Dan Woollard's wife - until a body is found in the rubbish dump near the site Woollard and Ursula have been excavating.
Woollard's team of archeologists aren't the only ones to disturb the peace of the windswept hill. Much to the fury of a taciturn pair of local landowners, a band of New Age travellers has set up camp on the hill, only to disappear the day the body's discovered. Markby is faced with a tangle of conflicting clues, suspects and possible witnesses - amongst the latter Meredith Mitchell - and when a second body is found it is clear the web is growing even more complex, and destructive.
What readers are saying about Where Old Bones Lie:
'Ann Granger peppers her stories with plenty of characters, twists and turns and motives, keeping the reader guessing as to who the actual killer could be'
'You'll hang on each and every page until you come to the amazing conclusion'
'A well written mystery with an interesting archaeological background and well-drawn characters'
A tidy, inventive and intricate plot graced with lovely scenic descriptions highlights Granger's ( Murder Among Us ) fifth village mystery set in the Cotswolds, this one tracing themes of longing and fear of loss. Chief Inspector Alan Markby still yearns for Meredith Mitchell of the Foreign Office (she loves him too but wants to live alone). Heartbreak also shadows the the lives of Brian Felston and his Uncle Lionel, crusty bachelors whose farm is the site of an ancient battlefield where archeologists are seeking the grave of Wulfric the Saxon. Several of the diggers also suffer from star-crossed love, as do some of the scruffy hippies who infuriate everyone by setting up a messy camp on the farm. Meredith gets involved when her old friend Ursula, working on the dig, suddenly becomes terrified that her former lover may have murdered his missing wife, and Markby steps in when corpses of decidedly recent vintage start to surface. A master of characterization, Granger specializes in engaging eccentrics, and she has a winner here--an irresistible old codger who lives at the local dump.