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Sins Out of School (A Dorothy Martin Mystery)

Sins Out of School (A Dorothy Martin Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Jeanne M. Dams
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Dorothy Martin wanted to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for her husband, Alan and some of her friends – a real taste of home. Then came the call from the school, asking Dorothy to fill in because teacher Amanda Doyle hadn’t shown up. Three days later, on Thanksgiving, the second call came: John Doyle had been murdered and Amanda was the suspect. Would Dorothy mind caring for their daughter Miriam for the day?

Dorothy had already sensed that something was not right in the Doyle household: John was clearly emotionally abusive, and the church they belonged to held some very strange ideas about sin and punishment. Now Amanda and Miriam need her to prove Amanda’s innocence, and Dorothy unravels a nasty knot of family secrets.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 420 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Digital (1 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DUU8P4U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #434,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars One thing is spoiling this for me... 30 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I haven't got very far in this book, but wanted to write a review now. I like this series and would gladly give it another star, except for a glaring lack of understanding of the British education system.

State (public, if American) schools DO NOT charge tuition. Not any at all. They may charge for extracurricular activities, like day trips; but even then there's a hardship fund in most schools. It's not only poor children who go, either.

That, plus the fact that anyone with an American acquaintance, let alone friend, would know about Thanksgiving are irritants in what is usually a good series.

Or maybe this series is set in the 1930s? In which case, scrub the above and accept my apologies!

That apart, I do enjoy this series and am pleased that they're now all available for my Kindle (I've been told)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant cozy 20 Nov 2003
By Valerie Fletcher Adolph - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This seemed to me to be one of the better books in this Dorothy Martin series. The plotting and characters were well done and the story moved along quickly and evenly. The plot opens with a totally submissive mother and young daughter, one or both of whom appear to have murdered the domineering husband/father. They don't ask for Dorothy Martin's help but they get it anyway. She and her ex-Chief Constable husband work on the case, tracking it through a self-righteous religious sect and almost to the British parliament.
The writer does two tricky things well. She manages to write reasonably accurately about life in an small English cathedral town from the point of view of an American, and she has two people working as a detective team without turning one of them into a buffoon (as in the Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot novels). She has also presented a fairly long series without becoming formulaic.
If you enjoy this genre, you'll probably like this book, so curl up beside the fire and enjoy, and share it with a friend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost 4 Stars 5 Feb 2004
By Louis M. Perdue - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoy this light mystery series. I find Dorothy Martin interesting - mature, yet sometimes silly enough to make her not stuffy. This is the eighth in the series and one of the better ones. A schoolteacher's husband is killed and she, along with her young daughter, are having trouble coping with all the pressures that would go along with that. In steps Dorothy to help her both with the coping and with the solving of the mystery. Her investigation takes her a few times to London, which provides a break from the smalltown descriptions that normally accompany a book in this series. There were two reasons I did not give this book 4 stars: I was able to figure out the culprit long before the end of the book and I find the character of Dorothy's husband, Alan, a 2-dimensional character and wish he would be fleshed out a bit. But, this is a quite enjoyable read and I would recommend it, particularly to those that have read the earlier books in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Clever Diversion 5 April 2003
By Mamalinde - Published on
The story begins with a Thanksgiving Celebration in the heart of a British Cathedral town. Dorothy Martin, American Chatterbox with arthritic knees and the new wife of former Chief Constable Alan Nesbit, is begged to fill in for a teacher during a flu epidemic. While doing an admirable job as a substitute teacher, she becomes aware of bit of oddness and suddenly finds herself in the midst of a very unusual murder case. Jeanne Dams does an EXCELLENT sense of setting in her cozy mysteries, and the detective work is plausible. The Dorothy Martin character with her wacky hats and nosy questions does get on my nerves just a bit, but I like her anyway. The religious angle to the book was well set out and quite interesting and the characters were ones the reader could care about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An English mystery without any gore 26 April 2007
By Barbara C. Simmons - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you like Miss Marple you will enjoy this mystery .Dorothy Martin is an almost 70 year old American who has married a retired British police constable.In this book, she gets involved with a very strict fundamentalist church. I found the characters very believeable. The author, Jeanne M. Dams, has won a mystery award for another one of her books.
1.0 out of 5 stars ehhhh.... Used to be a fun series 13 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on
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I've really enjoyed the other books in the Dorothy Martin series, especially Holy Terror in the Hebrides and Victim in Victoria Station. I'm only 60 pages into Sins Out of School, and I think I've closed the book for good. Another reviewer had it right - Jeanne Dams has become sanctimonious.
If you're Anglican / Episcopalian and are into heavy tradition and an "important" building to worship in, this book may be for you. Otherwise, stick with the previous books in the series.
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