A Forgotten Murder

A Forgotten Murder

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Romance novelist Sara Medlar, her niece Kate and their friend Jack are visiting an old friend of hers in England. Upon arrival at Oxley Manor, a centuries-old estate that has been converted to a luxury hotel, Kate and Jack learn that Sara has also invited a number of others to join them at Oxley. Decades earlier, two people ran off together from Oxley and haven't been heard from since-- and Sara wants to solve the case. The guests-- people who were there the night the two went missing-- are cast in a live mystery-theater event. But everyone has something to hide. The discovery of a body makes it clear that at least one of the people who disappeared was murdered-- and someone is willing to continue to kill. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Harlequin Books, [2020]
ISBN: 9780778309895
0778309894
Branch Call Number: F DEVERAUX
Characteristics: 384 pages ; 24 cm.

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Ginamarguerite
Oct 16, 2020

Disappointing. But that's how I've felt about every book in this series and that's sad because I've been a Deveraux fan since I "discovered" her in 1980 with the Black Lyon. That book, the Black Lyon followed by the Duchess and the rest of the Montgomery books got me through law school. Coming home after working an 8 hour day and then going to school at night I needed something to take me away from all the heavy thinking and Deveraux's romances were just what I needed. Later on her romances were my escape when I was completing my masters. Some of my other favorite authors like Jennifer Ashley have made the transition from romance to mystery brilliantly. Sadly, not so my long time go to, Jude Deveraux.

The writing in this series is flat. There is none of the spark and passion you see in her romances. At times I get the feeling that she has turned to mysteries more because her publisher or agent pushed her to it in the search for more readers rather than it is a choice she herself has made. Even the romance scenes in this one are gratuitous and do nothing for the story. It reads more like a young adult than a true mystery.

I need to stop expecting more from this series and re-read some of her fabulous earlier romances and stick with tried and true mystery writers.

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canoer2
Sep 12, 2020

Dreadful book . I don't think the publisher read it. definitely would not recommend it

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bookworm48
Aug 31, 2020

Although this series of mysteries stand alone , if you read them in order it will provide more background. Each book adds another layer. An enjoyable read and a few surprises as the crime is solved. This is not Jude D's best book; the writing flow was just a bit off.

But read it because it's still a fun English countryside whodunit.

apb301 May 19, 2020

This is the third in the Medlar Murders series. In this one, Sara, Kate and Jack find themselves in England at an estate Sara’s money has restored. While under the guise of a vacation, the three uncover clues of an unsolved 20 year old mystery. It is decided that a re-enactment of the night in question is the only way to solve the crime. Sara, a noted author joins forces with one of the suspects to create a play which unmasks the murderer and other crimes as well. The characters are a typical English cozy cast and the final chapters are reminiscent of a Poirot scenario, but it felt rushed and fragmented. Not as satisfying as most Devereaux works.

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