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Murder in our Midst(2021)
(Book 17 in the Detective Inspector Skelgill Investigates series)
A novel by Bruce Beckham
STAND-ALONE MURDER MYSTERY, #17 IN THE SERIES. MEET MAVERICK BRITISH DETECTIVE DI SKELGILL... "MAD, BAD AND JUST A LITTLE BIT COZY."
A Ouija board spells out ‘MURDER’ and next morning wealthy widow Daisy Mills is found drowned at a Lakeland beauty spot. Was this a warning from beyond the grave, or an agent provocateur among the house party? Could the earlier death of successful businessman Simon Mills really be the accident it seemed? And was it by coincidence that the same clique of old school friends had met before each tragedy?
Pitched into this forest of uncertainty, Skelgill and his team glean perplexing clues – an anonymous phone call, a hidden tracking device, a secret assignation – but hard evidence is thin on the ground and alibis watertight. For want of a clear view, the detectives follow the money trail – and a tenuous case begins to take shape. But Skelgill is uneasy. Is the group closing ranks, or are ancient enmities subtly being played out around them?
Try as they might, the questions persist. Were there two murders? Just one murder? Or no murder at all? It falls to DS Leyton to bemoan the impasse in his inimitable rhyming Cockney vernacular: “Guvnor – it’s a right old kiss and cuddle.”
"Great characters. Great atmospheric locale. Great plots. What's not to like?"
Amazon Reviewer, 5 Stars
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July 2021 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition