Mud, Muck and Dead Things, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


The first Campbell and Carter mystery from one of the nation's best-loved crime writers Lucas Burton hates the countryside.

To him it's nothing but mud, muck and dead things. And he's right. When he turns up at a deserted farm in the middle of nowhere hoping to conduct a business deal he stumbles across the body of a girl. And that's just the start of his bad luck: Penny Gower from the local stables has spotted his silver Mercedes leaving the scene of the crime.

Suddenly, for Lucas, things are looking very bleak indeed...Inspector Jess Campbell is on the case, but with few leads and a new superintendent, Ian Carter, breathing down her neck, she's beginning to feel the pressure.

Then another dead body is found...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780755320530



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This is a solid start to a new series by veteran crime author Ann Granger, who already has three series to her credit. The focus here is on plot and the police investigation, rather than character and motive (which becomes clear only in the 'wrap up'). A body is found at a dilapidated and locked up Gloucestershire farmhouse, scene of a gruesome slaying decades earlier. It's that of a young woman, last seen getting into a silver car... There are a few subplots, all neatly wrapped up by the end.My only gripe is that while this is billed as a "Campbell and Carter" mystery (presumably the first in a series), the Carter remains an enigma throughout. He's the new superintendent, but he's almost an afterthought plotwise. Presumably, the author will develop him as a character in future books.Don't expect a book that transcends its genre, like P.D. James, Ruth Rendell or others. Still, Granger is a good crime writer, and , I think, at her best in portraying the English countryside as in her previous major series (Markby & Mitchell). The Fran Varady series, set in London, started with a bang but has flagged in the last several books, which I've found eminently put-downable.

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