A Dirty Death, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING COTSWOLD MYSTERIES SERIES. When irascible farmer Guy Beardon meets a very dirty death in his own farmyard, at first it seems like an accident - despite the fact that he was widely disliked. Only his daughter Lilah is prepared to defend his memory. And when, slowly, Lilah begins to suspect foul play, no one is eager to help her investigate.

Suspicion becomes certainty when two more deaths occur - and both of them are unmistakably murder. The difficulty lies in discovering who, among Guy's many enemies, hated him enough to want him dead - and who went on killing to conceal the truth. There is certainly no shortage of suspects and it falls to local policeman Den Cooper to investigate the mysterious deaths...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780749040086



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Others have given a good synopsis of the plot so I will just say that the best part of this book is the descriptions of the family reactions to death and murder of a loved one. The inability to accept things, the difficulties of social interactions with people who are afraid to talk to you, suspicious of you or just plain uneasy in your presence.<br/><br/>I had a hard time accepting that people who suspected that the first death in the book was murder didn't tell the police about the person who was a stranger in town and had a public confrontation with the victim. Even the inveterate gossips felt this was unimportant. Huh?<br/><br/>Also there was an incident of a shoe in the slurry pond which no one felt the size of which could help find the killer, rather the finger was pointed at one who would have had a Cinderella ugly stepsister moment if the shoe had been tried on Arghh!<br/><br/>But I liked the book and would read another by this author.