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The Malvern Murders (The Ravenscroft Victorian Crime Stories Book 1)
 
 

The Malvern Murders (The Ravenscroft Victorian Crime Stories Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kerry Tombs
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The Malvern Murders, the first of the Ravenscroft Victorian Crime Stories, was published in 2006.

During the following five years it was followed by The Worcester Whisperers, The Ledbury Lamplighters and The Tewkesbury Tomb. The fifth Ravenscroft Victorian crime story, The Droitwich Deceivers was released in June 2012. Details of how these other books may be obtained can be found at the end of this work.

The Malvern Murders was revised in 2013.

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The Malvern Murders takes place in 1887 – the year before the infamous ‘Ripper’ murders in London – and Inspector Samuel Ravenscroft of the Whitechapel Constabulary has just failed to apprehend the murderer of a young girl. Reprimanded by his superiors, he is told to undertake a holiday cure in fashionable Malvern.

After experiencing the rigours of the Water Cure treatment at the Tudor Hydropathic establishment, he is asked to help solve the murder of a prominent local business man – and soon uncovers a world of danger and deceit beneath the surface of genteel Malvern society.

Before he can hope to solve the crime however, he must first strive to encounter the mysterious woman in black – and then survive the ancient curse of the Raggedstone Hill…

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The author, Kerry Tombs, was born in Smethwick, near Birmingham, in 1945, but grew up in various locations in north Worcestershire. After a career teaching in both England and Australia, he moved to Malvern in 1982, where he became a local genealogist, lecturer and bookseller. He moved to France in 2005, and now lives in Ludlow in Shropshire. Kerry has recently completed his autobiography Passing By, which mainly deals with his childhood in North Worcestershire in the 1950’s, and is currently editing his mother’s memoirs of her life in Smethwick between the world wars.

The Malvern Murders is set in a variety of Malvern locations including St. Ann’s Well, Malvern College, the British Camp and the Priory Church – and in the nearby villages of Colwall and Mathon, and the town of Ledbury.

About the Author

Kerry Tombs was born in Smethwick, near Birmingham, in 1945. After a career in teaching in both England and Australia, he moved to Malvern in 1982, where he became a local genealogist, lecturer and bookseller. He has set The Malvern Murders in a variety of Malvern locations including St.Ann's Well, Malvern College, the British Camp and the Priory Church - and in the nearby villages of Colwall and Mathon and town of Ledbury. Kerry Tombs has recently completed his autobiography 'Passing By' which mainly deals with his childhood in North Worcestershire in the 1950's - and has begun work on the sequel to the Malvern Murders, entitled The Worcester Whisperers. He now lives in Brittany in northern France.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088X079A
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful read 30 Oct 2012
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Thank goodness I bought this on Kindle and therefore only wasted 77p! I thought the book badly written - very amateur in style and construction, and I also feel that he has no idea at all about how to write dialogue - stilted, unrealistic and wooden. And the plot was very contrived and hard to believe (and would a police inspector employed in London be able to take over the murder investigation of a Malvern murder simply at the request of the local police constable, without even visiting the local police station and its team?). So all in all I found this to be a complete waste of 77p. I won't be buying any more by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Q.I 14 April 2013
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I was extremely disappointed with the great number of very basic grammatical mistakes. Your for you're, bare for bear etc. It shows the lack of education and makes the author look pig ignorant. To then expect readers to pay six plus pounds for the second book - I fell off my chair laughing.
Having said all that, the book was readable and I liked the main character. I won't be paying out almost the price of a paperback for the second.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The book needs editing 13 Mar 2013
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This book is the worst I have read for not being able to tell a story succinctly. Plainly it was so badly edited that I could not read it for the errors and the lack of connection. The plot and the setting promise an atmosphere of drama and tension but this didn't happen for me while reading because I was too busy trying to decipher the text and determine how the plot was meant to have flowed. I have sent back loads of comments about this while reading. In my opinion a good fiction editor would help with continuity as well as all the dreadful spelling errors before the other titles in the series are published so as not to disappoint the books' audience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful editing! 4 Nov 2012
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This book was either not proof read or was badly edited leaving it with some howlers of spelling errors - "non" for none; "bare" for bear, etc. The book was spoiled for me by these glaring typing errors - someone should really have picked up on these! Very disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 July 2013
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I love murder mysteries especially in the Victorian Era.
The author has created a great duo in Inspector Ravenscroft and his constable Crabb. I have already started the next book in the series and it does not disappoint!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Malvern Murders 15 April 2013
By Anthi
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I bought this because I know Malvern and I was interested to read a novel set there. The plot is reasonably good but I certainly didn't find it a gripping story. At one stage I was going to abandon it but decided to finish it.
What spoilt it for me was the extremely poor grammar and spelling throughout. I don't think it can have been proof read which is a pity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The story was generally good with lots of twists and turns and just when you thought you found the murderer it turned out to be a red herring. One complaint is that I felt the murderer wasn't mentioned enough, so it was very hard to guess the murderer as he/she only graced a few pages. I liked the gentle pace of the book and as a local I enjoyed the mention of different sites throughout the book. I felt the local myth jarred with the feel of the book and was best left out.

The reason I gave this 3 stars instead of 4 is the awful proofreading of the book (paperback). The main character changes from Ravenscroft to Ravenscrift to Ravenscoat. There's words missing throughout, the wrong you're and their. It may seem like a minor complaint but you really can't read a page without finding some silly errors and I found it very offputting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 23 May 2014
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Good,easy read. This is the second of the series I have read and will be purchasing the rest of them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointed
Having read other reviews of the other books in the series and seeing this in the kindle store I decided to try it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bookworm
3.0 out of 5 stars A good night time read.
I didn't give a higher rating as I found the characters rather humdrum and boring. It lacked excitement; but the plot was good and the whodunit side of the story was enough to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by H. Hargreaves
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it!
It isn't literary genius at work, but it is a solid easy to read enjoyable book. You will probably not guess whodunit until a page or two before the "hero", that in itself is good... Read more
Published 6 months ago by K. Gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars Social history
I like historical mystery books and found the background to the Malvern Springs and how Malvern profited from them particularly interesting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Montrose
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great starting novel!
I enjoyed the twists and turns of a well structured plot with believable characters that kept you wondering right up to the last few pages.
Published 8 months ago by Barbara Nye
3.0 out of 5 stars Pity about the errors
A good story, local locations. The spelling and grammatical errors detracted from the story. A great pity as I am reluctant now to read the rest of the series.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. B. A. Brick
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining - especially if you live in Malvern
Very badly edited - but if you know the area an entertaining read. Not great, but worth the time spent reading it
Published 11 months ago by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Mystery
Found the story enjoyable and simple, got to get to know the characters yet. When I have read all the other stories I will I may give the author a higher rating. Would recommend.
Published 14 months ago by keith
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