When Sam Dee moves to the beautiful Wiltshire village of Bishops Well, he expects a quiet life of country walks and pub lunches. OK, so his new neighbour, Maggie Kaye, is a little peculiar, but she’s very nice – and his old pal Richard Ruta lives just down the road.
But when Richard throws one of his famous parties, things take a sinister turn. Sam, Maggie and the rest of the guests are dumbfounded when Richard falls down dead. A horrible tragedy – or a cunningly planned murder?
With a village full of suspects – and plenty of dark secrets – just who exactly would want to bump off their host? Is there a connection to another mysterious death, nearly twenty years before?
Armed with her local knowledge, Maggie – with Sam’s reluctant but indispensable help – is soon on the case. But when the body count starts to rise, will sleepy Bishops Well ever be the same again?
Death Comes to Bishops Well is the first instalment of what looks to be an addictive series. Sam is a retired barrister who, following the death of his beloved wife, decides it is time to relocate in order to escape the memories that so often haunt him.
When he moves to Bishops Well, he meets his new neighbour Maggie who has a rather unusual talent, one which allows her to see the dead. When one of the towns celebrities are found dead under suspicious circumstances, these unlikely pair are drawn together as they take on the role of amateur detectives as they try to uncover what took place.
This is one of those stories that has you hooked from the moment you start reading. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out and have deep, complex personalities that really add to the drive throughout this story. Both Sam and Maggie have their flaws as we all do, but those flaws also made them more relatable and authentic to the reader.
The storyline itself is refreshingly unique and flows perfectly throughout. As the story pushes forward and all of the clues they have collected throughout begin to piece themselves together, I found myself perched on the edge of my seat, eagerly awaiting the conclusion. A fantastic read that has me truly looking forward to reading future books in this series.
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About the Author
Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. Murder isn’t the only thing on her mind. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from dark humorous comedy, through magic realism to dystopian. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.
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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Headline Accent and Anna Legat for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*