Murder in the Mill-race

Murder in the Mill-race

A Devon Mystery

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""Never make trouble in the village" is an unspoken law, but it's a binding law. You may know about your neighbor's sins and shortcomings, but you must never name them aloud. It'd make trouble, and small societies want to avoid trouble." When Dr Raymond Ferens moves to a practice at Milham in the Moor in North Devon, he and his wife are enchanted with the beautiful hilltop village lying so close to moor and sky. At first, they see only its charm, but soon they begin to uncover its secrets-envy, hatred, and malice. Everyone says that Sister Monica, warden of a children's home, is a saint-but is she? A few months after the Ferens' arrival her body is found drowned in the mill-race. Chief Inspector Macdonald faces one of his most difficult cases in a village determined not to betray its dark secrets to a stranger"--
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Poisoned Pen Press,, 2019
Edition: First U. S. edition
Copyright Date: ♭1952
ISBN: 9781464211751
Branch Call Number: FIC Lorac
Characteristics: 247 pages ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Edwards, Martin 1955-

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SPL_Melanie Feb 03, 2020

This is a small-village murder mystery with the perspective of an outsider: Dr. Raymond Ferens takes on the job as the new doctor in tiny Milham in the Moor alongside his sensible, modern minded wife. On the surface it's a charming place, but it has *interesting* residents, one of whom is murdere... Read More »


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SPL_Melanie Feb 03, 2020

This is a small-village murder mystery with the perspective of an outsider: Dr. Raymond Ferens takes on the job as the new doctor in tiny Milham in the Moor alongside his sensible, modern minded wife. On the surface it's a charming place, but it has *interesting* residents, one of whom is murdered a few short weeks after their arrival.

This is a tricky story with many potential villains, and a victim who is far from blameless. Chief Inspector Macdonald is a serious, thoughtful officer who slowly but inexorably pries the truth from the village, while going off on some fairly purple flights of sentimentality over the landscapes of Devon. It's a little odd but entertaining.

The mystery was satisfyingly set up, not obvious, and makes sense in the end. But the strength of this book, for me, was the characterizations of all these fairly isolated people. They seem to have real quirks and personality, and this element really enriches the story. It was an engaging read, and if you usually like period mysteries, you'll like this one too.

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