A Study in Gold A contemporary British mystery set in Oxford by Annie Dalton
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Sep 2017
Annie Dalton is an amazing writer. I’ve enjoyed her entire Dog Walking Detectives series, and feel that A Study in Gold in particular is exceptional. The introduction puts the readers off guard. Initially I didn’t know that the murder was present day. The flavor was entirely 1940s. Into the first chapter, the reader discovers that Anna, Isadora and Tansy have agreed to take part in a 1940s mystery weekend -culminating in a celebration and an actual dead body.
Initially Anna, Isadora and Tansy have no plans to investigate the murder. It is only a series of coincidences beginning with a witnessed argument at the art auction house previously owned by Anna’s father that causes the trio to be drawn into two mysteries. An elderly Jewish man claims that an unknown masterpiece A Study in Gold was stolen from his family during...
Written in Red A dog mystery set in Oxford
by Annie Dalton
Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 15 Jun 2016
Written in Red is one of those books that after reading once, you know that you will come back to it time and again. It is difficult to know what is most appealing about this exquisite mystery. The central characters, Anna, Isadora, Tansy and Jake as well as Bonnie (Anna's white shepherd) and Hero (Isadora's unusual mutt) are amazingly detailed, and it is clear how the events of The White Shepherd have had an affect on their lives. The story is complex and compelling. A small number of Oxford alums, including Isadora, have been sent poison pen letters. One by one, the members of the so-called Oxford Six are attacked. The letters indicate a link between the attacks and a murder from 50 years before. Cold War espionage plays a major role in this incredible mystery. Then, there are the dogs. Bonnie is so wonderful. Not only is...