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Dry Bones (A Village Mystery) [Hardcover]

Margaret Mayhew
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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd (31 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727881809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727881809
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 14.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 653,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A true English village mystery. 15 May 2012
The Colonel has now been living in the peaceful village of Frog's End for eleven years following the death of his beloved wife Laura. After battling rising damp, death-watch beetle, rotting thatch and general decay he had finally got the cottage just how he liked it. With the cottage, to complete the picture had come Thursday the cat, named aptly as he had appeared on a Thursday.

A letter from Cornelia, an old friend of his late wife professing that she needs his help as her husband Howard is away on business and that something horrible has happened intrigues The Colonel and so leaving his garden and Thursday in the capable hands of his neighbour Naomi, the Colonel set's off to Wiltshire to give what assistance he can to Cornelia.

When Cornelia presents the Colonel with her `horrible problem', he is shocked to realise that she has done nothing about it for several days and admonishes her to take action, but it is clear that Cornelia prefers to wash her hands of the matter, and so the Colonel realizes that it's down to him to sort things out. After reporting the matter to the police, he sets off to do some investigating.

The village of King's Mowbray clearly has some wealthy inhabitants - Cornelia's house is all plate glass and polished wood, designed, Cornelia informs him proudly by the Danish architect Hans Birger. But it still has all the hall marks of the English village the Colonel has come to appreciate, gossiping in the village shop, the general nosiness of the residents and the amazing jungle telegraph. A trip to the village for his paper and soon the Colonel begins to get a handle on Cornelia's problem - can he resolve it?

A true English village mystery. I was enthralled from the first to the last page, by the marvellous characters and the prose. Margaret Mayhew is a true storyteller.
Lizzie Hayes
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone is a suspect 29 May 2013
By wogan - Published on Amazon.com
`Dry Bones' is a small book (Mayhew's books seem to be getting smaller) centered in the countryside of England. This is another story about a retired British Colonel. He is a widower and has settled in a peaceful village. It is a stand-alone book. Enough is explained about him and his situation and surroundings, that there is no confusion. Although there are the "Britishisms" that are not clarified, like just using QC for Queen's Counsel and no explanation of what this position is; but that does not hinder a reader's pleasure or understanding of the storyline.

The Colonel is asked by his wife's friend to help when a skeleton is found in a barn that she is having remodeled. He goes to her estate and is determined to find out who murdered this victim. At first it all seems obvious, but there are some twists and turns to the plot that surprise, though the reader might feel as if they were left hanging a bit in an ending that seems to not be completely resolved.

Margaret Mayhew's books are always a joy and very true to form and describe what life is like in the English countryside. They are a pleasant diversion in a busy world.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dry bones 24 Dec 2012
By Eleanor Samworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
very good british cozy with well developed characters. lots of suspects. lovely gardens wih beautiful flowers. and a cat who is truly his own cat. i wll look for others by margaret mayhew.
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