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Monday, August 05, 2019

Murder in the Mill-Race by E.C.R. Lorac

This is a well-crafted mystery with a likeable Scottish Chief Inspector. I especially enjoyed the luminous descriptions of the beautiful Devon countryside and Lorac's ability to sum characters up in a few words. I will be reading more books by Lorac.

Anne and Dr Raymond Ferens want to escape the city and decide to live in a remote hillside village in Devon. The village overlooking Exmoor is very pretty but the villagers keep to themselves. The Ferens find Sister Monica especially odd. A pseudo-nun, she is a malicious gossip and a domineering woman left in charge of the orphanage. Everyone is suspicious about an employee of this woman who was either murdered or killed herself.

When Sister Monica also dies in strange circumstances, the local police  can't get anywhere with the villagers. Scotland Yard has to be called in. Macdonald, helped by Reeves, soon finds out the truth with his quiet but astute interviewing skills and his knowledge of character.

This was a bit dry at times, although creepy, but I enjoyed it.

I received this free ebook from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

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