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The Body in the Transept (A Dorothy Martin Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1996


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061011339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061011337
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 758,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dorothy Martin, an American widow living in the English town of Sherebury, stumbles upon the body of an unpopular cleric, and she turns her talents to amateur sleuthing. By the author of The Body in the Town Hall. Reprint.

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I WAS STRUGGLING against more than wind and rain that night as I battled through the Cathedral Close, but I blamed my mood on the weather. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's Christmas Eve in the small town of Sherebury. Dorothy Martin, a recently widowed American, is looking forward to her first Christmas as a resident of England. But when leaving the cathedral's midnight mass, she literally stumbles over a body. Soon the questions are flying. Who killed Canon Billings? Since the list of suspects includes most of the town, more importantly why? Dorothy has her hands full trying to figure this one out.
I was drawn in by the charm of this book. It starts out rather quickly and the pace never lags until the gripping conclusion. Dorothy is an interesting main character. I felt her interest in the murder was a little under explained, but I was willing to let that go. I really enjoyed the writing style. The first person narration felt like a letter to a friend and the scenes where Dorothy argued with her self were funny because they were so true.
Having already discovered this author's other series, I now look forward to reading more in this one as well. She is a truly talented mystery author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sept. 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I fell in love with Dorothy Martin right off the bat. Dams has managed to create a character to equal those penned by Agatha Christie, Dorothy Gillman, Marian Babson, and Charlotte MacLeod.

Dams mixes the quaint English village, the recently transplanted American widow, handsome widowed British Detective, and the body of a church official found on Christmas eve into a delightfully delicious murder investigation.

Fans of classic British mystery you won't want to miss any Dorothy Martin mystery!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L.R. Cookman on 10 Nov. 1999
Format: Hardcover
As an English fan of the classic detective story, I am always dubious about American writers of British Mysteries, Charlotte Mcleod not included. However, from the moment I met Dorothy struggling into Sherebury Cathedral on Christmas Eve, I was hooked. Ms. Dams falls into none of the traps for the unwary American writer, her writing is excellent and her sense of place quite stunning. I am anticipating the rest of the series with great glee.
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