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Murder at the Castle (A Dorothy Martin Mystery) Hardcover – June 1, 2013
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Dorothy and Alan, her husband retired Chief Constable, accompany Nigel and his wife Inga to a Welsh music festival where Nigel is to perform. The Welsh take their chamber music quite seriously and to that end, a world famous conductor (Sir John Warner) is to lead the performances in a castle in Wales. Naturally, murder is involved, which means Dorothy and Alan are as well.
This saga begins with Sir John's tragic backstory: losing his wife during evacuation of a sinking cruiseship 10 years prior. Fast forward to Wales where Dorothy and Alan witness the first murder whilst on a canal boat tour. Once the diva enfant shows up, more mayhem and murder ensue. Once Dorothy and company cotton on to the diva solosist's true identity, the investigation begins in earnest, complete with stepping on the local police's toes and endangering the lives of children! A very passionately written book, with a plot to rival any opera.
The biggest drawback for me was the heavy detail (nearly ad nauseum to me) Ms. Dams wrote into the storyline...I love music but am not a chamber music or chorale enthusiast, so it quickly became overkill. Otherwise the novel was a good read, even though the reader quickly figures out the diva's identity, which doesn't immediately reveal the murderer, as the plot is more complex.
I was glad to read this installment of Dorothy's sleuthing and even more pleased that Alan played anever-increasing role in the book. This novel was much better, the plot more complex than her last efforts. The series remains on my 'must read' list andI recommend this novel.
In other ways, I was slightly disappointed with this book. The last few Dorothy Martin mysteries seem to show a less appealing side of Dorothy: she is testy at times, somewhat snide with her comments, and rather secretive, even with her husband Alan. As in other recent books, they are away from their home, and readers must begin to wonder if they ever will go back there. Each book takes place in a new location, and their home seems to have been abandoned while they explore the sights in each new location. Each time, this situation results in numerous meals in pubs and cups of tea which tend to stall the action.Read more ›
Nigel & Inga Evans have invited Dorothy & Alan to a Welsh Music festival. Nigel will be performing as the tenor soloist. The gala event will take place at a Welsh castle with Sir John Warner as the conductor. This time their lovable dog, Watson, will not be traveling with them. So this will be a very special getaway for Dorothy & Alan as well as their close friends the Evans. Dorothy is especially excited to be going to a medieval castle, the Tower, while staying at a B&b.
The book doesn't exactly begin there...rather it begins ten years earlier when the conductor Sir John Warner, was aboard an ill fated ship with his then wife Delia. Delia did not make it off the ship with her husband and was presumed dead.
I so enjoy this series due to an excellent author. J.D. brings the situation to life by introducing the characters and how they interact with each so clearly the story is never boring. This is another delightful Dorothy Martin cozy that educates us, the reader, about the British lifestyle while never overwhelming us. Excellent reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Her earlier books were much better than the later ones in the series. The writing is getting trite and downright silly in places. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Deb Smith
I haven't read that many books in the Dorothy Martin series but plan on going back to catch myself up on the earlier ones. I liked this book a lot. Read morePublished 11 months ago by E. Ervin
I like this series. A lot "cosier " than my usual read but good and gets you hooked in the characters.Published 14 months ago by Avid reader
I have read most of the Dorothy Martin mysteries and have enjoyed them. I was disappointed with this one. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kathy
It was ok, but I was too aware that it just wasn't the mistress of crime, Agatha Cristy.Published 17 months ago by Greta
We find far too much about the sleuth and just the usual information about the castles and the music. Not a very interesting setting after all. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Umlaut
I read when I travel and this was the perfect companion. This reads like a Classic English Cozy. Dorothy is sometimes a bit silly, but mostly really charming. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bianca
I love the Dorothy Martin series. Jeanne Dams does an excellent job of making me feel like I am there, and her mysteries are always full of surprises. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by AvidReader