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RAFFERTY & LLEWELLYN BOXED SET Books 9 - 12: British Detectives Kindle Edition
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Blood on the Bones book 9
With nine books down, this series is still going strong. The partnership between Rafferty and Llewellyn remains fresh, funny and insightful. The series has tackled many relevant issues. Though other books have alluded to religion and the effect your childhood upbringing has on you as an adult, this one takes the issue head on. No matter your personal beliefs, Ms Evans shows there is room for us all.
Life is good for Rafferty. He and Abra, Llewellyn’s cousin, had been living together for the last six months. Other than the odd nag from his mother to marry the girl, home life was grand. Until he gets a blackmail letter in the mail.
It alludes to the time before he met Abra when he borrowed his cousin’s identity and joined a dating service. Since it was all over before the two met, he never told her about anything that happened then, or about the murder case that ensued. The letter threatens to blab to Rafferty’s superior, something that would have disastrous effects, and would lead to Abra finding out all about it. Oddly the blackmailer makes no demands, just threats.
Of all the worst times, the same morning he receives the letter, he also gets a new murder case. A nun in an enclosed monastery stumbled over a body buried in a shallow grave on the grounds. As a faithfully lapsed Catholic, Rafferty had as little to do with the church as possible. He thought himself passed his quota of nuns for a lifetime after parochial school.
Investigating a murder among the nuns and being blackmailed has Rafferty’s nerves and conscience in turmoil. Can the detective and his sergeant solve this baffling case while Rafferty tries to outsmart his blackmailer?
A Trust to the Vitals book 10
Who doesn’t have someone in their family they might wish were less notable and noticed? Certainly not Joe Rafferty. His family is always blundering into trouble that needs his help. Geraldine Evans’ characters are certainly notable in the best way. Once you get to know them, you are hooked!
Rafferty is at a crime scene where a local turned entrepreneurial genius has been stabbed in the back, literally. Bad enough that this bully was someone he sent to school with. Rafferty was old enough and big enough to avoid the bully’s attention back then, but his younger brother wasn’t. The very same brother calls him at the crime scene to tell Joe that he had been at the party where the murder took place.
Now Rafferty must find a killer not just for justice but to exonerate his brother. Trying to avoid any recognition of his brother, Rafferty hides him out for the duration. Of course the hiding place leaves much to be desired and his brother becomes ever more depressed and ungrateful of Rafferty’s efforts.
Having just proposed to Abra, it is the worst time for this trouble. When he should be spending time with his love, he is off caring for his brother, and trying to determine the identity of the real killer. Will Abra find out all that Rafferty is keeping from her this time?
There are as usual too many potential suspects. Not a few of whom were also attendant at the same school with Rafferty and the victim. Who in the crowd of suspects would want to frame Rafferty’s brother for the crime?
Llewellyn doesn’t know his cousin-in-law well, but surely he will recognize him from the photofit. Will the straight laced Llewellyn conspire to keep his name out of the suspect mix?
Death Dues book 11
Another smart and whimsically funny police procedural from Geraldine Evans! She certainly has a winner with this delightfully mismatched detective team. As always the story is delivered with wit and more than a touch of human nature wrapped up in a mystery.
Rafferty and his fiancée, Abra, haven’t even set a wedding date yet, and already wedding costs seem to be spiraling out of control. Abra has her heart set on a dream wedding. As she says, this will be her one and only. Rafferty frets over paying for everything, but with a response from Abra of ‘Aren’t I worth it?’ what does one do?
If only that were the end of his troubles. There have been a series of muggings. The victims being the enforcers for local loan sharks makes any possible witnesses shy away. No one wants to get involved in what may be a turf war.
When the latest victim is killed instead of mugged, the stakes are raised. The super is on Rafferty’s back to solve the crimes adding more stress for the overworked team. The victim was on his collection rounds when he died. It seems most of the residents of the street had reason to wish to be rid of the man, but no one claims to have even seen him that afternoon.
Could their silence be a conspiracy? Can Rafferty and Llewellyn break through this neighborhood code of silence? Can Rafferty find wedding solutions that fit his pocketbook and make his bride happy? Is the wedding in jeopardy?
All the Lonely People book 12
Another great Rafferty and Llewellyn mystery! One of the best things about these books is the realism. You may not have the same problems as Joe Rafferty, but you can believe that he could. Crimes are solved by slogging through all the steps, and no one has fairy tale perfect lives. These are characters you can care about!
Rafferty has been irritable and far from his top form. His fiancé, Abra, moved out after a row concerning wedding costs. Since then, nearly three months, she won’t return his calls or answer her door to him. And of course the job never quits.
Dropping in to a neighborhood pub after work should be a relaxing time to brood over his troubles with a pint. Unfortunately for Rafferty, someone decided to commit murder in the pub car park. It will be a long night before he leaves the pub tonight!
The victim was known as a bit of a trouble maker, not an easy man to befriend. In fact he had a brawl with his son in the pub earlier. Of course that puts his son as prime suspect. However the more the detective team finds out about the victim, the broader the suspect list spreads.
Rafferty think this one is personal. Could it be the son, wife, daughter, or maybe the long term mistress that had just too much? And how can they expect to solve the crime when Rafferty’s thoughts turn to Abra so often? Will she ever be convinced to give him a second chance or are things truly over?
I was gifted a copy of this box set and am voluntarily leaving a review.
I have become quite addicted to Rafferty and his sergeant Llewellyn and their adventures. These cozy murder mysteries will keep you entertained - great late night reading.