Oxford with its longstanding history and traditional disparity between classes makes for an excellent mystery setting. (Morse anyone?). The followup to The Shivering Turn is equally as good. Dry Bones is skillfully plotted, showing just how long hidden murders can affect the present (in this case 1974). Jennie Redhead’s friend Charles, the bursar of St Luke’s College, begs her to investigate when two skeletons are discovered walled into the cellar of St Luke’s - one from the First World War and one from the second. Who were the murdered men? What links the two to St Luke’s? Sally Spencer moves adeptly between past and present revealing a complicated tale of evil deeds, long hidden secrets and honor. Jennie’s investigation will tax her belief in the ones she loves most and will challenge long held friendships. Not only that it will lead to murder....
Sally Spencer's new series featuring private investigator Jennie Redhead is off to an auspicious start. The Shivering a Turn is a compelling mystery set against the rapidly changing culture of 1970s Oxford. I like Spencer's other novels, but I think The Shivering Turn is her best thus far. It does an excellent job of capturing the flavor of the time.
Jennie's investigation into the disappearance of a young woman leads her into the murky world of Oxford's privileged classes. Before her disappearance, Linda was spending time with members of an exclusive Oxford student club - The Shivering Turn. Money and connections make the young men practically unassailable, but Jennie is convinced they were involved and is determined to prove it.
Jennie is far from perfect, but she is principled and determined - part of the reason she i...
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...
A ruthless assassin at large in the UK and heading for a target in Cambridge… an office steaming with jealousy and passion… a hero’s body found in a war museum and a disconsolate man – gnawed at by ghosts from his distant and recent past – charged with finding the murderer.
With a steadily increasing fusion of murder, intrigue and suspense, the floundering Mark McKay finds himself thrown onto a hotbed of deception, fraud, incest and even a neo-Nazi’s murderous intent.
Set in Cambridge at around the turn of the millennium, The Path of the Bullet, the first of the new Cambridge Mysteries series, explains how McKay forsakes his hermitic existence on the Lincolnshire coast and becomes attracted to the beautiful city of Cambridge in both mind and body.
M. C. Jacques is an author with promise. He is a skilled writer, but that isn't quite enough to redeem The Path of...