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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: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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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.

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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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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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I always search for and enjoy mysteries in the Scottish Highlands. This one met my expectations. It was fascinating, detailed about the countryside, clean in language, and surprising in solution. I read it on Kindle and enjoyed it all the way through.
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I generally love British mysteries, but this one was too dull and boring. Nearing the end of the book, I couldn't have cared less who was the murderer. In fact, I didn't read the last 20 pages. This was the second book in the series that I tried to read. I'm done with them.
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This novel was so engrossing that I read it in only two sittings. Mr Rex Graves owner of the lodge and a Scottish barrister was almost as good as Hercule Poirot. The cast of characters are marvelous as is the storyline, so true to life.

I would recommend this English cozy to anyone who loves cozies.
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