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Praise for the Inspector David Graham mystery series:
"Wow! I just finished this book and wow!"
"A crackerjack read."
"I really enjoyed the surprise twists at the end."
"I'm looking forward to posting a glowing review."
"Just finished it early this morning! What a great story!"
"Sweet, emotionally honest, with a lot of backbone in the characters and the writing."
"Love how you are developing the characters and deepening the storyline."
"Inspector Graham has come of age."
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Grown ups don't go where they don't belong. Police immediately establish exactly where a fall came from, then search the spot industriously for any paper etc left behind. Autopsies are not completed with tox screen in an hour or two. Visitors cannot wander around tourist sites without guides. A major cave in at the castle and no one hears it? Looking for people who might be in a cafe in town but no one checks the cafes for hours!
Addicted to this series! I adore Inspector Graham; he reminds me of Perry Mason and Christie's Poirot. He loves his tea and he loves his privacy. The book is very well written and contains enough suspense to keep me turning the pages. Each book has the relaxing and interesting setting of a small island; giving us a glimpse of a small self contained world. Behind the smiles and welcoming spirits of the natives, secrets linger. It is getting to those secrets that sets Inspector Graham above the rest. I received this book for free for an honest review. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a mystery that is not only well written, but so, so enjoyable.
If I could, I should have given the book 2 ½ star. There is two main story-lines running in this book. One of them involves the inspector Graham and of course is the mystery of the fallen hero. That one is a criminal investigation, and that story is quite good. The other one is the story of the string quartet, who have played at the wedding, and come back for sightseeing the day after, and then get lost. My main problem with the book is that these two storylines are too separate. When the musicians start investigating the cellar I expected them to find some evidence that could help in solving the crime, but no; they do not even learn that a death has occurred after the wedding. Neither do they have any relations to the group of suspects in the crime. The two storylines could be justified if they had merged in the end, but they did not. As the text is skipping back and forth between the two stories I felt as I was reading two different books at the same time, and when I finished the book I felt that if I had skipped the sections with the story of the lost musicians - that I did not find especially interesting - , that had not prevented me from understanding the plot in the crime story.
Some Kindle Unlimited, some freebies some freebies for signing up, With the Diana Hunter ones too short and no resolution at ends, Reverend Annabelle major plausibility issues etc, Inspector Graham is not the usual British mystery of at least some clues here and there and his attitude is rather unlikeable overall.
Diana Hunter Mystery - Hunted 1 - Snatched 2 - Stolen 3 Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery - Death at the Café 1 - Murder at the Mansion 2 - Body in the Woods 3 - Grave in the Garage 4 Inspector David Graham Cozy Mystery The Case of the Screaming Beauty1 - The Case of the Hidden Flame 2 - The Case of the Fallen Hero 3 - The Case of the Broken Doll 4
While hoping to spend a quiet Sunday visiting the historic Orgueil Castle, Inspector Graham hears a woman scream. Investigating the source of the disturbance, he finds a woman cradling the body of a man at the foot of a castle battlement. While the inspector is calling for emergency assistance, the woman flees the scene.
Inspector Graham learns that the body is that of George Ross, who was just married the previous day in a ceremony at the castle. Unfortunately, Inspector Graham and Sergeant Harding are unable to find anybody who witnessed the fall. The bride's parents seem to have differing opinions of George, leaving more questions than answers.
While Inspector Graham and Sergeant Harding are trying to find out exactly what happened to George Ross, Constables Roach and Barnwell are trying to find four tourists who are missing and presumed lost somewhere in the castle. The tourists also happen to be the musicians from the wedding.
What happened to George Ross? Was it an accident, suicide, or murder? Where are the missing musicians? How can Inspector Graham cope with everything without his generous ration of tea?
I feel that the intermixing some shorter chapters makes this a much quicker read than the previous books in the series. The characters are remarkably realistic and Gorey Constabulary seems to be working better together as a team. This is definitely a series worth following.
This is two stories in one book: a murder mystery story, and a story about young adult musicians who go touring deep under a castle and get trapped. I enjoyed the parts of the book that focused on Inspector Graham, but I did not enjoy the parts of the book that focused on the musicians. The Inspector Graham chaptors were good quality cozy mystery. The musicians chaptors were more like the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books I read when I was a kid, in 6th-7th grades. So I started skipping the chapters about the musicians and just read the chapters with Inspector Graham. I might read another Inspector Graham book, but only if it's free or very cheap.