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Buried in the Country (Cornish Mysteries Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Praise for Manna from Hades
Eleanor is a wonderful, multi-faceted heroine...Dunn demonstrates the same smooth writing and seasoned storytelling that readers have come to expect. Mystery News
Dunn has a knack for writing meatier-than-usual cozies with strong female characters, and she has another charming winner here. Booklist
A modern day version of the classic English mystery. Kirkus Reviews" --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B017RKCD2S
- Publisher : Constable (December 13, 2016)
- Publication date : December 13, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1023 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 334 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,506,994 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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When she is asked by her old employer to help at a conference trying to bring two warring factions together, she reluctantly agrees. With her car broken, Nick (an artist neighbor) offers to drive her up to the hotel. When the weather becomes foul, he gets stuck in a bed and breakfast. Then two mysterious strangers show up, and murder and kid napping becomes the business of the day.
This is a well written novel. The characters, lots already known to readers of the previous three books, are charming and engaging. The plot is taut, and contains a long sequence of chases through the back roads of Cornwall that is quite tense and exciting. Buy these books and read them; they are fine reads.
The conflict and resolution take place within a small number of pages that somehow manage to be kind of dull. I fell asleep during a section in which a dog looks for people on the moor not once, not twice, but three times running. The story is mostly resolved when one of the bad guys just decides to explain his actions to Eleanor, who just happens to find him. Then a few page later there's a fairly long discussion of whether it's better to eat Chinese or Indian food where other people can smell it. And then the book continues to go on for several more pages, ending in an Agatha Christie-style exposition of unresolved questions, but only those relevant to one of the plots, because again, the other one was completely unnecessary. Also unnecessary is the repeated commentary on how one character is the best-dressed woman in the area because she has first pick of the goods at the Lonstar charity shop.
Furthermore I have gotten extremely confused about the time frame of this series. My understanding is that it's mid-to-late 1960s at this point, and there's a good amount of "the times they are a-changin'" going on here--there's some hint of interracial relationships, gay characters, co-habitation without marriage, etc. That time frame also matches my understanding of the historical events referenced by Plot A. So I couldn't really shake the fact that Eleanor casually references disco dancing early in the book, a concept that Google Ngram Viewer confirms didn't really exist until after 1975, and she is an older woman who lives in rural Cornwall. Really?
So. Should you read this? If you are just interested in the exploits of Eleanor, Megan, and Nick, sure. Otherwise . . . not recommended.
Top reviews from other countries
What she doesn't expect is to meet her niece, Megan there in her official capacity. Megan is a detective with the local force and is there as bodyguard and to look out for anything which is going wrong. What follows is an entertaining and fast paced mystery novel where it is far from clear until almost the end which people Eleanor can trust and which she can regard with suspicion.
I have read the three previous novels in this entertaining, low key, mystery series. Eleanor is an interesting character, as is Megan and I enjoyed the nail biting car chase through the fog which is the focal point of the story. This is the fourth book in this series of Cornish mysteries.