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MURDER, Now and Then: Murder Mystery 1919 to 2019 by [Jackson, Diana]
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About the Author

Living in the heart of Bedfordshire, UK, Diana Jackson is fortunate to be able to take a break from teaching English and business studies this year to write full time. She has published two novels in The Riduna Series, historical fiction set in the Victorian era through to the early 20th century. She was originally moved to write 'Riduna' by her love of the island of Alderney and its fascinating history and then she developed an unusual interest in the history of early flying boats when working on her second novel 'Ancasta Guide me Swiftly Home'. Whilst researching for the third in her series, to take us to the 1930's, Diana has worked on several very different projects. Her most recent novel, venturing into the genre of crime, is 'Murder, Now and Then,' which was inspired by an unsolved murder back in 1919 in the heart of Mid Bedfordshire. This murder mystery weaves the intriguing events of 1919 with a murder set in 2019. Murder revisited! She has also compiled a delightful memoir of a 103 year old character called Norman Campbell. His chosen title, 'The Life and Demise of Norman Campbell' is available on Amazon too. Diana has two blogs, www.dianamj.wordpress.com, where you can read about the background to Diana's writing and from May 2014 you can also follow her personal adventures, a year of discovery and other true stories, on www.selectionsofreflections.wordpress.com/ She is @Riduna on Twitter and would love to hear from you

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 725 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Eventispress (19 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JTI9PSW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I give five stars for this book because of the masterful way it is written, with many threads and characters, for the characterisation, time scale and ingenious plot. I also liked the way the author devotes chapters to different characters to give their perspective on the events, and insight into the murder mystery. The denouement was gripping.
The settings are well portrayed, in Bedfordshire and the Channel Islands, and there's even a little love interest. I was particularly intrigued by Helen the farm cleaning lady who had designer clothes and jewellery.
So a very enjoyable, well-written book.
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The novel reminds me of the TV series Midsomer Murders, with strong themes of family, time and place featuring throughout. Diana describes all of the various suspects in detail, and frequently changes perspective to tell her story and reveal more clues about the murders. Her descriptions of the locations in Bedfordshire and Jersey, as well as how she brings her characters to life, are what make the story.
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Think Midsomer murders meets Bergerac, set in the near future and based on an actual murder that took place in 1919, and you'll have a good idea of what to expect from Diana Jackson's latest thriller. Unlikely coincidences keep you guessing and, in classic murder mystery style, have you changing your mind several times about the killer's identity - or who the next victim might be.

I particularly liked the evocative scenes set in Diana's much-loved Channel Islands and could easily imagine this book as a successful TV drama. The eventual denouement is original and inventive - I definitely didn't see it coming! Highly recommended, Murder, Now and Then is one of those books you can't put down until the mystery is solved.
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By Ragnar VINE VOICE on 29 May 2014
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This novel is set a few years into the future, 2019, and the author invents a little to suggest this. For example, instead of the internet we now have Futurenet, and milking parlours in diaries are even more automated than they are now. But this is not a work of science fiction and doesn’t pretend to be. In some ways it more resembles a historical novel, because it deals not only with a murder in 2019, but also one which took place in 1919. Hence the title, Murder Now and Then.

I get the impression that the author is well versed in historical research, some of which is described in the book in connection with the earlier murder. She is certainly interested in a sense of place, which comes out well when she deals with the locations the action takes place in, Bedfordshire and Jersey.

The ‘now’ murder is that of a farmer, and for want of another suspect the lead detective is sure the farmer’s wife did it. The fact that she has no real motive does not concern him unduly, and he is overly is keen to crack the case before he retires. Fortunately, his junior officers are not convinced. Two of these, DS Tony Brown and DC Cathy Peterson, persevere in their efforts to figure it all out. In the course of these efforts they get somewhat close and personal in a hotel bedroom though not, dear tax-payer, in police time. And so the book offers some romantic interest as well.

Without giving away details of the plot, it turns out that the two murders a century apart are in fact connected, but it seems unlikely to me that the reader will figure out how without the help of the author since the connection is really quite ingenious. This reader certainly failed to crack it, though one aspect at least of what is going on is clearly signaled.

This is not a breathless book.
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I have to make an admission before I start this review; I’m not a great one for murder mysteries. I never watched Broadchurch or the Killing, or Morse or The Bill. The last police drama I remember seeing was in misty black and white at my Nana’s house; Dixon of Dock Green. The only mystery whodunit I remember reading was an Agatha Christie from the shelves of a holiday let cottage when I’d run out of my own books to read. I don’t read science fiction either, apart from a slight obsession with H.G.Wells in my early teens.
I read this book because it was recommended by someone I met while on a country walk, not far from the Bedfordshire scenes described in it. So, I thought, a murder mystery set in the future; this will be all forensic hoo-ha and teleportation. And jet powered backpacks.
But it isn’t, it’s what used to be called a cracking yarn. It’s a family story that binds together individuals and their echoes across time with modern day obsessions and behaviours and sets them in realistic settings, both then and now. There are a lot of characters but I never lost track of who they were or where or when they were. There are enough red herrings to throw you off the identity of the real killer, some love interest and just a little bit of gentle sex (not much). I live in and love Bedfordshire and it was thrilling for me to be taken with the characters around places I know and love. That was a bonus though, not knowing the place won’t spoil your enjoyment. It has a good plot line and an ingenious conclusion that I didn’t expect. There are likable and booable characters, and likeable ones that turn out to be booable. I liked Anna, a central character who appears throughout and links time and place very well.
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