When Meredith Mitchell bumps into her old schoolfriend Rachel Hunter at the Chelsea Flower Show it doesn't take Meredith long to realise that she and the effortlessly self-confident blonde have even less in common now than they had as teenagers. Apart from one thing - Meredith's companion, Chief Inspector Markby. For to the embarrassment of all concerned, except of course the self-possessed Rachel, Meredith's old schoolfriend turns out to have been Markby's former wife, from whom he was divorced years before in less than friendly circumstances. The meeting with Rachel is not the only surprise the Flower Show has in store for Markby - before the afternoon is out he has a death on his hands. All too quickly he and Meredith find themselves drawn into the plush, apparently well-run world Rachel and her second husband created for themselves in their Cotswold home, Malefis Abbey, a world which Markby becomes increasingly convinced harbours a highly skilled murderer ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 13/07/1995
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780747247708
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Review by Romonko
Ms. Granger is one of the best English country village writers out there. Her books do not have cyncial characters in them like so many in this genre do. The stories are intelligent and the mysteries are tricky. And Markby and Mitchell are a unique crime fighting duo. One is a cop and one works for the British foreign service. Meredith and Alan do not get to work on the same puzzle very often even though their paths seem to cross at a lot of murders, but in this one Meredith is doing some investigative work for her office and Alan is a visiting copper when a murder occurs at the famous Chelsea flower show. I love the light humour and the eccentric village characters that each book brings. I am really enjoying this entertaining series.
Review by the.ken.petersen
I feel that this must be a five star book because, it does exactly what one would ask of a crime thriller. It kept me guessing until the final pages, had me then saying, "Ah, yes! I should have spotted that clue!) and has me keen to unearth more of what I find is a lengthy list of 'Mitchell and Markby' whodunnits.The characters are believable and differentiated: each having their own recognisable traits and retaining them throughout the story. The plot is highly dubious but then, one does not read crime fiction for realistic plot and, accepting the twisted motivation, it does hang together by some curious logic.I shall not spoil it for anyone reading this by giving away the story, or fixing it in my brain by typing it out; that way, in a few years, I may read it again and just be a little wiser in picking up the clues.