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Rack, Ruin and Murder: Campbell & Carter Mystery 2 (Campbell and Carter) by [Granger, Ann]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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The second Campbell and Carter mystery from one of the nation's best-loved crime writers

About the Author

Ann Granger has lived in cities all over the world, since for many years she worked for the Foreign Office and received postings to British embassies as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. She is now permanently based in Oxfordshire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 996 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SBMK3M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Not as good as the Mitchell and Markby series but hopefully will improve. The author does seem to return to the same theme of unrequited love
between the two main characters which is mildly irritating in a modern world. An easy read.
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This is the first Ann Granger book I have read. The title intrigued me and the storyline seemed interesting so I thought maybe this would be another author to look for at the library.
I must admit that at first, I was not at all sure that I wanted to finish reading the book, but am glad that I persevered.
I like Ann's style of writing, even though my initial impressions led me to imagine the action to be taking place in America rather than in this country! (Goodness only knows why!)
Her characters seem very real and individual; the book contains humour, intrigue, poignancy and the entire story is one which is easily followed. Many facets of it are so true to life, too.
Overall, I recommend this novel and its author and will certainly add Ann Granger to my list of 'must look for' authors.
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I have read the Markby and Mitchell books by Ann Granger and had liked them immensely so I decided to read this series too. I like the fact that they are easy reading and also a good murder story. I have recommended them to my friend and she is borrowing my book at the moment. I hope the relationship between Campbell & Carter flourishes like it did with Markby and Mitchell.
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By Jane Baker VINE VOICE on 1 May 2012
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A drawing room murder with a little wit thrown in. Iam not a fan of Granger's Fran Vardy series but loved Markby and Mitchell. This was tame reading, at times ponderous. I don't like the word "stiff" which appeared very often to describe the body found on the sofa of Monty's Balaclava home. In spite of his unpopularity in the village I found Monty a bit of a charmer, sad with his harking back to his childhood trauma and his marriage to Penny, but Granger did create a character in him which is more than can be said about the very many other poeple who walked through the pages of this novel. The plot was weak and there were no real sub-plots to add interest. Disappointing.
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In my opinion this is Ann Granger's best ever murder mystery with a brilliant ending of unguessable twist and turns - unputdownable
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This is like a standard English country murder/detective book in Agatha Christie style but set in modern times. It has realistic portrayals of the country and town folk with everyone having an issue or a secret but with nobody all good or all bad.

The mystery was intriguing (an unknown dead body found in an old man’s isolated house) and I was wondering where it was going to go. But at the end there was an unexpected (and very unlikely) confession that wrapped everything up too neatly. I felt a bit cheated by that as I was expecting something a bit cleverer. Also, the very final scene was a bit too much.

Overall, it was enjoyable enough and I would read another in the series, but I won't be actively seeking it.
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By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2014
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I had not read any of the author’s books before and was intrigued by her diverse foreign office background and experience. Ann Granger, b. 1939, has written many crime novels featuring Alan Markby and Meredith Mitchell, Lizzie Martin and Ben Ross, and Fran Varady. This is her second book about Inspector Jess Campbell and Superintendent Ian Carter.

The strap line on the front cover, ‘A dead body shatters the tranquility of a Cotswold village’], sets the scene and places the reader firmly in Agatha Christie country. Here the country manor, Balaclava House, is decrepit and belongs to disagreeable Monty Bickerstaffe, impoverished heir to a biscuit manufacturer. Returning home after visiting the supermarket and pub, he finds a dead body sitting on his sofa, a body he has never seen before. Enter Campbell, Carter and the rather plodding Sergeant Phil Morton.

Balaclava House is isolated and the cast of neighbouring farmers and petrol station workers is supplemented by Bickerstaffe’s estranged daughter, Belinda, his granddaughter, Tansy, and a property developer and his wife. All are deftly drawn, although tending to creep into stereotypes, and there is little development of their personalities. As the police investigation proceeds, the corpse is identified and the secrets of Balaclava House, somewhat far-fetched, and of the locals are revealed.

The plot is well thought through, if a little contrived, right through to the twist on the final page. The fractious relationships between Monty, the much-married Belinda and Tansy are nicely drawn as is the backstory of Monty’s youth and his failed marriage to a neighbour’s daughter.
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I found this book relaxing to read. Not too much violence or gore in it for a change. A before bedtime read.
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