Beneath These Stones, Paperback
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


Twelve-year-old Tammy Franklin has learned too much about death, too quickly. Two years ago she lost her mother to a long, lingering illness and now the body of the woman her father married in an attempt to replace his wife has been found on a railway embankment close to the Franklin farm. This time the death is murder. As Superintendent Markby, one of the first on the scene, well knows, Tammy now stands to have her father taken from her, for Hugh Franklin is suspect number one in the mind of the inspector to whom Markby has delegated the case. But, despite his need to distance himself from the murder, Markby begins to realise that the truth is destined to be far more complex than he ever envisaged ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780747256434



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I usually love Ann Granger's Mitchell and Markby series. This book is the 12 in the series. I usually like the combination of English village cozy and police procedural that these books usually offer. The mysteries are always a little tricky and I like the exchanges between Meredith Mitchell and Alan Markby. Alan is a police inspector in a small country district and Meredith is his girlfriend. She is a civil servant in the foreign office. But this book was missing a lot of these things. The mystery was fairly simple, and both Alan and Meredith seem to be rather ineffectual in their parallel investigations. I didn't even get much village flavour in this book except for the laconic builder George Biddock and the local gypsy family who are camped on the victim's land. There were a lot of loose ends and loose threads in the plot too. Disappointing.

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