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    Jeanne M Dams(Author)

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The new ‘Dorothy Martin’ mystery - When Dorothy Martin and her husband, retired Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt, are invited to a country house weekend, they expect nothing more explosive than the Guy Fawkes fireworks. Having read every Agatha Christie ever written, Dorothy should have known better. Rendered isolated and incommunicado by the storm, Dorothy and Alan nevertheless manage to work out what in the world has been happening at ancient Branston Abbey.

Dorothy Martin, with her recent knee replacements, doesn't move as fast as she used to in Dams's stately 10th mystery to feature the retired American schoolteacher living in England (after 2004's Winter of Discontent). Dorothy and her retired chief constable husband, Alan Nesbit, join friends at a restored Kent abbey, now a country house with all the modern conveniences, to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day. Unfortunately, a major storm casts a pall on the house party—and blows over an oak tree that reveals a human skeleton tangled in its roots. The discovery in a secret room of a mummy—a desiccated female body whose clothes date from the mid–20th century—adds to the intrigue. Fans of traditional English mysteries should be satisfied. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. A country-house weekend provides the perfect setting for an Agatha Christie homage. Retired Chief Constable Alan Nesbit and his American wife Dorothy Martin have been invited to Branston Abbey for a bang-up Guy Fawkes celebration by their expat friends Lynn and Tom Anderson. The Abbey has been lovingly restored by the Andersons' acquaintances Joyce and Jim Moynihan. Fellow house guests include the former owner of Branston, Laurence Upshawe; famous photographer Ed Walinski; ballet dancer Michael Leonev; and Joyce's often inebriated sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Dave Harrison. They're joined for dinner, cooked and served by the talented Mr. and Mrs. Bates, by stunning solicitor Pat Heseltine and Paul Leatherbury, the local vicar. All is well, except for the drunken relatives, until a storm severely damages the house and grounds. In the light of day, Dorothy discovers a skeleton entwined in an uprooted oak. With no electricity or phone service and the house cut off by flood waters, Dorothy feels as if she's stepped into "Ten Little Indians," especially when Upshawe is found unconscious; Dave Harrison goes missing; and a mummified body turns up in what was perhaps a priest's hole. It takes fortitude just to manage without the trappings of modern life, but Dorothy and Alan still can't resist sleuthing while they await the police. As in so many classic English mysteries, the answer may be found in the past. Dams (Winter of Discontent, 2004, etc.) provides several pleasing twists along with an easily spotted killer. --Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2011American expat Dorothy Martin, married to retired Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt, finds herself in the middle of a classic Agatha Christie plot when she and her husband are invited to spend the weekend at a restored country mansion. Expecting to enjoy the Guy Fawkes Day festivities and the company of friends, they instead get caught in a terrible storm that destroys the estate's gardens and traps everyone at the house, without power or communication. While trying to clean up and reconnect with the world, Dorothy and Alan manage to find several bodies in varying states of decomposition. They realize that the murderer is probably one of the guests and that they must preserve the evidence and protect everyone until the police can arrive. Fans of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers will enjoy this very traditional British cozy, complete with an eccentric group of guests and some devoted servants. --Booklist, March 1, 2011 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • Jeanne M Dams(Author)
  • Severn House Publishers (October 1, 2011)
  • English
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  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By Guest on January 30, 2011

    Jeanne has done it again - great traditional British cozy !Dorothy Martin is a modern day Miss Marple, can't leave things be is alwaysinvestigating.Major Difference is Dorothy is an American who moved to England - widowed, shemakes friends, has the nice cottage she and her husband has planned on retiring toDorothy is re-married in the last few books to Alan Nesbitt, retired Chief ConstableJeanne writes a very good cozy, keeps your attention, but her books are not "suspense"It is very nice to know when you pick up one of her books it will be a cozy.Yes there are murders, but it is the investigations and day to day life that make up her books and youwant to go back for moreHope Jeanne has more books to come !![...]Mar

  • By decency1st on December 29, 2011

    I have grown to love this series. It is in a British setting that the author describes so well. I read alot of "Cozy' mysteries and this author writes a narrative reminiscent of Agatha Christie. My reason for the 4 stars and my only disappointment lies in the unnecessary use of the F-bomb and the occasional (rare) 4-letter word. I imagine that it is considered a lack of sophistication to print a book in the 21st century without foul language. For that I am sad.

  • By birdwalker on September 22, 2017

    The author plays fair with the reader, in traditional cozy practice, but I wouldn't last one day with Dorothy Martin. In this book alone she is claustrophobic, afraid of the dark and of wind, complains about her knees, her hot flashes, can't sleep, gets weak in the knees when she sees a skeleton, reacts exaggeratedly to loud noises, doesn't like to be startled, particularly hates chain saws -- and all this before page 41 -- the list continues throughout the book. Perhaps worse, she makes comments inappropriately, even in front of the police; she apparently doesn't have the sensitivity or control to know when to shut up. Some of Dorothy's squeamishness can be written off as a literary device, often to facilitate descriptions.Hard to explain, however, the author's misquoting and mis-citing well-circulated famous pronouncements or all the illogical events. Truly this book demands an enormous amount of suspension of disbelief. In Dams' favor, though, she plays fair with the reader in the tradition of the cozy: the clue to the solution is presented early on and is obvious. Nevertheless, Dams' protagonist Dorothy Martin is offensively self-assured, negative, nosy and unattractive. Dams mentions during the course of this book some of the great Golden Age of Detection authors; too bad she didn't pick up a few more tricks from them.

  • By kaylo on January 7, 2013

    I came across Jeanne Dams on Amazon and fell in love with this book. If you enjoy a cozy English village mystery, you will be drawn to this author. I particularly enjoyed the advent of romance (and mystery) in "seasoned" adults. Looking forward to reading more of Ms. Dams' books - picked up 2 at the library today!

  • By G. Glasser on May 23, 2017

    I wish Ms. Dams could either write faster OR that I could read more slowly...I LOVE this series.

  • By Karylene on October 17, 2017

    Great read!

  • By Reality tourist on April 24, 2011

    After a long absence on the scene, due to the death of her husband,( my sincere condolences Ms. Dams) this fun mystery series is back.This time Dorothy and her husband head to the country to enjoy what they think is a great holiday with an american couple friends of Dorothy.A horrible storm- not unlike the devistation we experience in Texas- occurs and subsequently old skeltons pop up - really- and a real time death as well. coping with the less than stellar conditions in a manor house cut off by felled trees, the mystery commences.I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and frankly didn't try to figure out "who did it" as i usually do, the descriptions Ms. Dams provided of the house and grounds kept me engrossed.It's a fun book to read on a "dark and stormy" night!

  • By [email protected] on October 26, 2013

    I especially like a book with the title a dark and stormy night! It is a prelude to everything that goes bump in the night and more. Since one of the main characters is a retired police and his wife , a junior detective ! I knew lots of action would happen in this old house!I gave the book high marks because I think a lot of people will love the title and indulge themselves to read it on a dark and stormy night!!


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