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The Woolly Murders (The Mike Malone Mysteries Book 1)

The Woolly Murders (The Mike Malone Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Milly Reynolds
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Detective Inspector Mike Malone thought that his transfer to the countryside would give him the opportunity to take things easy. However, when a well-loved local philanthropist is found strangled, he realises that maybe country-life is not so quiet after all. As he wades through wool and blood to find the mastermind behind this dreadful act, two of his friends suddenly disappear.

This is the first of a series of tongue-in-cheek crime mysteries featuring DI Mike Malone.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 348 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SYBDR8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As you may have already guessed, Milly Reynolds is not my real name. Like my 'hero' Detective Inspector Mike Malone, I also hide my real identity.

I live in Lincolnshire and love the flat, endless landscapes and I want these to be seen in my books. Mike Malone has moved from the city to Lincolnshire - unlike me, I was born here and haven't moved.

I have recently 'retired' from my job, I was a teacher in a secondary school, to pursue my dream of becoming a writer - and to devote more time to my volunteer work. I help at my local RSPB centre and also take groups of children out on the marshes to try to instil in them a love for birds and nature.

So why Mike Malone? I love all things detective and wanted to create my own series. However, I have decided not to go for the deep, dark thriller - how can I compete with the masters of that genre? I adore the books by Jo Nesbo - a real genius. Therefore I came to the decision that Mike Malone would be off-beat. I like to think that there is humour in my books. I don't want to scare people, I want to make them chuckle - there is not enough laughter in the world at the moment. I have six Mike Malone novels published at the moment and have started number 7.

However, although Mike was my first creation, he is not the only one. I have also recently created Jack Sallt, another DI. Jack is grittier than Mike and there is not the humour in his stories that there is in the Mike Malone stories. I wanted to write a more 'grown-up' detective story. The first Jack Sallt was released in Autumn 2011 and his second outing has just been published (Aug 2012)

Not content with crime, I also decided to try my hand at a romantic novel and my first stand-alone novel 'The Unseen Sky' was published August 2011.

I'm lucky, I enjoy writing and find it just as relaxing to sit and create as it is to read. I hope you like my books.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised 7 April 2011
By Matt
Format:Kindle Edition
There I was, wondering what to read next, and came across this. The cover was somehow different and quirky - pretty much like the words inside in fact.
At first, I couldn't work out what was going on. Was this a comedy? No, as it turns out, but something a little different from your average English crime novel. Mike Malone has a mysterious past and you don't find out much about it either. That, I would assume, will be revealed in further books in this crime series. But what little hints you have, adds to the air of strangeness and unease at the heart of this romp through England's hitherto sleepy shires, in this case the shire is Lincolnshire, although you are not bombarded with scenic or architectural detail.
I was amused at first by the relatively short chapters but they work and are fitting. The characters are typical in one respect. Farmers, publicans, bar maids and dysfunctional families galore. Oh yes, and sheep. If you don't like sheep, don't buy this book.
I enjoyed it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing apart from the dodgy editing 19 July 2012
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Just the thing for nodding off to sleep in a business hotel room. Quite delightful, eccentric and gently funny. The characters are caricatures, the plot is painfully potty and the setting is in writers' whimsyland but so what, it's great.
Only problem is that the author has added a murder after finishing the book, presumably to tidy up the plot. At least, that's how it reads. It needs checking for consistency as the detective looks on the face of X for the first and last time, until the next page anyway, and the murderer has struck twice but there are three bodies. Those little inconsistencies kept me awake, which is not the point of this book. On the plus side,it avoidz the apaling inglish off earther cheep defective ficsion on kindull.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morse, but with more humour. 11 April 2011
By Dee
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book! Loved the humour at the beginning and the relationship bewtween the main two characters. An entertaining murder/mystery and I couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good mystery 10 Sep 2013
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The story and characters immediately engaged me, interesting story with a couple of red herrings. But I couldn't believe the police didn't suspect who the murderer was. It seemed a bit obvious, although finding the reasons behind it all made a good story.
I shall read the next in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Milly Reynolds has perfected the art of writing a crime story based more or less today, but set almost in a bubble, where the real world exists but only in the shadows. No nosy press, or the inevitable Head of Police distracting the main character getting on with the plot. Her characters are interesting and human and it draws you in, as first because you cant believe what the Police are investigating and have got to read on; but as the plot unfolds and becomes more complicated it simply carries you through to a thoroughly good end.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wooly murders 12 Aug 2012
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I couldn't put this book down, then life of Detective Inspector Mike Malon, after being transfered to a farming town he thought he would have it very easy, with Detective Sergeant Alan Shepheard by his side he is faced with bodys not only sheep but humans pileing up, it is not the quiet litle town he thought it was going to be.
great read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 2 July 2014
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A little too graphic in some places for me although I did get into the whodunnit
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD EASY READ 19 Jun 2014
By joe
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a real good read ,no spelling mistakes unlike some of the cheaper costing books on kindle will keep reading this authors books would recommend to anyone
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky
This is a quirky black comedy that made me smile . It had me guessing up until quite near the end as to who the culprit was. Read more
Published 2 months ago by tyger
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
a good read likeable and interesting people populate this book.
love the catch phrases and may have to buy some sustard creams
Published 4 months ago by bookworm j
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable.
Perhaps I shouldn't review this, since I couldn't get beyond the first chapter.. I'd read other reviews - some people found it funny. So, check them out, too.
Published 5 months ago by Dr. W. L. Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars "Mike Malone" Mysteries Book One
I really enjoyed this the first Mike Malone book. A really well written light reading mystery with likeable characters & enough mystery to keep you guessing till nearly the end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Ebook Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the first few chapters
I did wonder what sort if mystery I was reading for the first couple of chapters! But one you get past this this is a good read.
Published 5 months ago by Caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good indeed
this is a must read, it's a different take on crime book.
SCI it is not. but just as good of not better then the same old crime plots
Published 5 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars No nursery rhyme
To begin with I thought that this was going to be a silly story, but it progressed into a very enjoyable one, and one to keep you in suspense.
Published 6 months ago by Lesley Galloway
4.0 out of 5 stars Woolly Murders
Actually, this was really good. I was dubious about buying a book at 65p, and I was afraid when I started reading, that I was right to be wary, but as the plot got going I was... Read more
Published 7 months ago by david moncur
5.0 out of 5 stars Light reading
I had not read any books by this author before but was intrigued by the title so gave it a try.
Hooked. Read more
Published 8 months ago by WHISSEY
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit OF LIGHT READING
A bit of fun and a bit of light reading of an old fashioned 'who done it'

Sue Graham
Published 8 months ago by Mrs Susan Graham
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