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Murder at High Tide (The Ralph Chalmers Mysteries Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

P.J. Thurbin
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Thurbin does not disappoint in this, his fourth book in the Ralph Chalmers mystery series. When Ralph finds himself the beneficiary of a rather sizeable inheritance from his Uncle Harry, he decides to throw his usual caution to the wind and uses it to buy a yacht and a cottage on the North Devon coast. The discovery of an abandoned fishing trawler in a rocky cove soon sets the scene for his involvement in gang warfare, smuggling and possibly murder. Not surprisingly, the feisty Katie Eggerton, his friend and assistant, joins him in applying his sleuthing skills to investigate a series of mysterious happenings near the sleepy seaside village of Clovelly. Katie indulges her passion for horse riding on the moors while Ralph takes time from his work to join a watercolour painting workshop. Their summer idyll is shattered when it becomes clear that the death of an Olympic Show jumper from what was thought to be a riding accident has more sinister implications.
The Devon police and Europol investigate an International smuggling operation linked to Al Qaeda and grudgingly accept help from Ralph and Katie. A pair of eccentric antiques dealers, a flamboyant restaurant owner, a wealthy retired industrialist and the stressed out local doctor are just some of the many characters that our adventurous pair get to know at the Vicar’s garden party.
The story culminates with our intrepid duo setting a trap for the mastermind behind an international smuggling gang and as usual adding an exciting twist that will engross and delight the reader.
Thurbin’s characters are, as always, engaging, and his research impeccable. This book is a must for the reader who likes to unravel a mystery and at the same time be transported into the classic English countryside and a local culture that has hardly changed over the past 100 years. You can almost smell the salt breeze and hear the seagulls wheeling overhead as Thurbin’s stalwart hero does his part to keep the wheels of justice turning. A must for current Ralph Chalmers fans and for mystery enthusiasts searching for a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money or your time 21 Sept. 2014
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Absolutely awful. By chapter 5, you are still waiting for the plot to get in to gear. So much unnecessary detail that it's more like a kind of travelogue than a mystery story, and the writing style is so turgid, the dialogue so stilted that until somebody mentioned the Internet, I had assumed that it was written in the 1920s.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Childish. 24 May 2014
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I chose this book because it was set in Devon. i gave it three stars only because it was well written with very few grammatical and typing errors.
As to story line and feasibility, if you like Enid Blyton you'll really enjoy it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shows promise but very poorly written 1 Feb. 2014
By Runa
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This is written by someone who is obviously interested in the subjects that appeared in the novel. But the characters seemed clumsy and artificial. There are some good ideas and maybe the following novels will develop better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read. 4 Jan. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was both easy to read and contained enough description of the Devon countryside to let you form the settings in your mind and the story took off from there.
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