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Murder on the Old Road (Marsh and Daughter Mysteries) Hardcover – January 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Marsh and Daughter Mysteries (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727869523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727869524
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,538,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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True-crime writers Peter Marsh and his daughter, Georgia, encounter a group of strangely dressed “pilgrims” in their local pub. Members of the Chillingham Drama Group, they are about to begin a journey along the Old Road to Canterbury to perform Tennyson’s play, Becket. This pilgrimage is a reenactment of a similar production that took place 40 years ago. That one ended with the murder of Hugh Waynecroft, the owner of the local manor house. The crime was never solved. Of course, Peter and Georgia want to know why, so they get to work to find out what happened. They encounter resistance from the residents of the village and discover that the same political issues continue to divide them. Should the village use its connection to Saint Thomas á Becket to attract tourists? The English village atmosphere and the historical background will appeal to both cozy and historical-fiction readers. --Barbara Bibel

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By Patricia Foust on November 29, 2013
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This mystery has more twists and turns than the actual Old Road. Marsh and Daughter are very human, complicated and interesting characters as are the cast of supporting characters. This is a mystery that will hold the reader's interest and make it hard to put the book down
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"Murder on the Old Road" begins with a pilgrimage -- both real and metaphorical. Georgia Marsh and her father Peter encounter a group dressed as medieval pilgrims en route on the Old Road to Canterbury. Rather than religious, however, the bunch is an amateur theatrical group, the Chillingham Drama Group, staging Becket -- the Alfred Lord Tennyson version, not the zippy Jean Anouilh one -- and the pilgrimage's purpose is publicity rather than piety. However, 30 years earlier, a similar pilgrimage to stage the same play ended in the man playing the martyred Thomas à Becket himself being murdered. That murder was never solved, and it proves magnetic to the Marshes -- especially when they feel "the fingerprints of time," a psychic uneasiness that justice hasn't been done.

When someone else is murdered on the modern-day pilgrimage, Georgia and Peter sense there are ties to that first, unresolved murder. Some of the same people are on this second pilgrimage and the same heated debate over developing sacred land for tourism that bitterly divided Chillingham 30 years ago has re-emerged.

Author Amy Myers has crafted a delightful mystery that explores the uneasy balance between sharing the past and exploiting it. The resolution of the murders proves very satisfactory, with Marsh and daughter unearthing decades of mysteries. All in all, it's enough to make one sigh that Myers seems to be spending so much time on those car buff mysteries that she's taking her time producing new Marsh and Daughter mysteries. With any luck, she'll see that her fans need another Marsh and Daughter fix soon!
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