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At the start of Challinor's rushed fourth Rex Graves puzzler (after 2010's Phi Beta Murder), Scottish barrister Rex and his girlfriend, Helen D'Arcy, are preparing for a party at Gleneagle Lodge, Rex's Victorian estate on Loch Lochy, home to a reputed sea monster, possibly kin to Loch Ness's Nessie. Guests include the local hotelier, Hamish Allerdice, and his wife and two children; Rex's barrister friend, Alistair Frazer; freelance journalist Rob Roy Beardsley; snobby Cuthbert and Estelle Farquharson; and a surprise visitor, Moira Wilcox, Rex's former girlfriend. Meanwhile, a serial killer of young girls is on the loose on nearby Rannoch Moor. The efficient plot thickens after a storm strands the guests overnight and a drowned body surfaces in Rex's loch. Traditional mystery fans will appreciate the retro Agatha Christie style, but some readers might wish the author had invested her Highland characters with more depth. (Mar.)
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"Traditional mystery fans will appreciate the retro Agatha Christie style."
--Publishers Weekly

"If you've missed good, old-fashioned whodunits where the identity of the murderer is revealed in a stately drawing room, this latest Rex Graves mystery is for you."--Romantic Times 

"VERDICT This fourth series entry (after "Phi Beta Murder") is a classic British mystery with a closed cast of suspects and a locked-room puzzle."
--Library Journal

"This is a nice series, with a bonnie flavor of Scotland." --Deadly Pleasures

"The past intrudes when the acquittal of a suspected child murderer brings back memories of the Moor Murders case, and later when an old flame of Rex's turns up on the doorstep. Challinor skillfully choreographs all..."
--The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • Series: A Rex Graves Mystery (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink; Stated First Edition edition (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780738719818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738719818
  • ASIN: 0738719811
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C.S. Challinor was born in Bloomington, Indiana, and was educated in Scotland (St. George's School for Girls, Edinburgh) and England (Lewes Priory, Sussex; University of Kent, Canterbury: Joint Hons Latin & French). She now resides in Southwest Florida. Her short stories have been published in women's magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom. Challinor is a member of the Authors Guild, New York, and is the author of the Rex Graves cozy mystery series featuring Rex Graves, Scottish barrister-sleuth.

Rex Graves titles are available in trade paperback and Kindle, Nook, etc. CHRISTMAS IS MURDER, the first in the series, is also available in LP hardcover (Thorndike Reviewer's Choice). CHRISTMAS IS MURDER reached #1 on the Kindle Bestseller List. The fifth in the series, MURDER OF THE BRIDE, was a Mystery Guild Book Club pick (hardcover). MURDER COMES CALLING, the newest full-length Rex Graves title from Midnight Ink Books, is due out in August 2015 and is available for pre-order.

For more information, please visit the author at www.rexgraves.com. Thank you for reading!

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Old Money Guy on March 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Murder on the Moor" is a delightful addition to the country house mystery genre. While the amateur detective, Rex Graves, Q.C., is in the Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot tradition, the author replaces all of Christie's two-dimensional characters with modern, more complex personalities. The plot moves at a logical and even pace, aided by clear descriptions and sharp dialogue. A casual reader might take this for granted. Thoughtful readers will commend C. S. Challinor for her consistent, remarkably well crafted writing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ed on June 26, 2011
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Rex Graves is not looking forward to the housewarming party at his new country getaway, Gleneagle Lodge in the Scottish Highlands. He really longs for a quiet, peaceful weekend with his new love, Helen D'Arcy.

However, he rises to the occasion when he realizes the killer his good friend Alistair failed to convict is at the party, by protecting his friend as best he can. In the meantime, an unexpected, and unwanted, guest shows up; a guest ends up murdered; a serial killer of young women is on the loose in the region; and a harsh storm forces guests to remain much longer than they, or Rex, wanted.

Despite these unexpected complications, Rex continues to forge ahead with his investigations. Murder on the Moor not only ends with the requisite library-gathered suspects for the big reveal, but also with a twist or two that will have fans longing for the next book.

This is the first Rex Graves book I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed the old-style English mystery. The author ably used the location and climate as keys in creating an atmosphere of fear and suspicion among the guests. The conversations held amongst them added to the tension and the difficulty in figuring out who the real murderer was - at least for me.

I'm looking forward to reading more of C.S. Challinor's Rex Graves mysteries.

Murder on the Moor (A Rex Graves Mystery)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By London Fog on May 13, 2011
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This was the first of the Rex Graves mystery series I've read thus far, and will certainly not be the last! 'Murder on the Moor' was a skillfully plotted novel where everyone was a suspect with a plausible motive, and much of the fun came from attempting to play detective along with Rex. That's a plot device that seems to have been abandoned by some mystery writers lately, so I was more than a little appreciative of the way the story played out.

Not that this was perfect - it was a little too dialogue driven at times and the writing could have been better, but that was easily overlooked because this was just such an enjoyable read. I was hard pressed to put this one down in the two days it took me to read through, not only because the mystery element was so well done, but the characters were fleshed out and seemed real. Definitely the mark of a good storyteller. Soon as I get the chance, it is off to the library to search for the first three books in this series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on March 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Murder on the Moor (Midnight Ink; paperback & Kindle), the fourth novel in the Rex Graves mystery series, transposes the traditional country house weekend plot to the remote Scottish Highlands. Rex Graves, barrister-cum-sleuth, is hoping for some time alone in his newly converted hunting lodge with Helen, his charming and resilient female companion (introduced in Christmas is Murder; but don't worry if you haven't read the first three books in the series as they are all stand-alone mysteries). Rex's hopes for a quiet and convivial housewarming party are dashed when conversation about the Moors Murderer darkens the doors as does the arrival of an old flame of Rex's who decides to gatecrash the proceedings. Challinor weaves all the threads into a cozily suspenseful read, embellished with humor and local Scottish lore.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sassy girl on May 28, 2011
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I enjoyed this mystery immensely.
I can't compete with a perfect review that Chris has written.
What a treat this mystery was for me.
Nothing better than a "locked room" mystery like in the good old days.
How delightful, being a guest in an old Scottish Lodge.
Complete with a Loch,that might be hiding a monster in its deep waters.
Amateur sleuth,Rex Graves, is certainly a wonderful character.
He is backed up with such an eclectic group of house guests.
I would have loved to have been there watching from a dark corner.
Matching wits with an unknown murderer. How delightful!
I am looking forward to the next mystery
called, "Murder Unveiled".
This was a well written mystery to be sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Librarian on January 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
A good choice if you like the early Hamish Macbeth novels by M. C. Beaton or puzzle mysteries in the British tradition. In Agatha Christie style, guests gather at a country manor, in this instance a converted hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands belonging to Rex Graves QC--Scottish barrister and amateur sleuth. Follow the clues and find the murderer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 4, 2014
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If you like Scottish mysteries, this is a good one. A fun read that will keep you guessing! Page turner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike S. on December 31, 2013
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Murder on the Moore was another excellent mystery. It seemed a little similar to the Christmas Murders book albeit in this case the weather was a bad rain storm that kept everyone at the house but still. Reading the thick Scottish accented words was a bit of a stretch at times but it gave the story a nice charm and made you feel like you were there. I must say, that Moira woman was starting to get on my nerves but it was a shame she was murdered; interesting though how her murder and another series of killings all tied together.
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