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Shades of Murder

A Mitchell And Markby Mystery

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Since the end of the nineteenth century, the Oakley family of Bamford, England, has lived in the shadow of tragedy. In 1889, Cora Oakley died by inhaling a poisonous gas in her sleep, and her husband William was put on trial for the murder. Although the case was dismissed, Oakley's reputation was ruined, and he fled the country, never to be heard from again.

Over a hundred years later, the only remaining members of the Oakley family are two elderly sisters living in Bamford, who exist in poverty in their rambling ancestral home, Fourways. Unable to maintain their mansion, the sisters have decided to sell the house and live comfortably on the proceeds. But a young Polish man named Jan appears, claiming to be William Oakley's great-grandson and brandishing what he alleges is Oakley's will, which entitles him to half the profits from the sale. The sisters panic, knowing that, although Jan's claims don't stand up, a court case could drag on for years, and time is not on their side. When Jan is found dead, poisoned by the same substance used to kill his great-grandmother so many years ago, it seems that murder has returned to haunt the Oakley family once again, and Superintendent Markby must unravel two mysteries, one from a hundred years ago, to find the killer.

In Shades of Murder, Ann Granger has crafted another tough case for Mitchell and Markby.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 24, 2001 – In this thoroughly absorbing, smoothly written tale, the 13th Mitchell and Markby book (Beneath These Stones; Say It with Poison, etc.), Granger shows how well she has mastered her craft of bringing the traditional village detective story up to date. Here she skillfully links the investigations of two arsenic poisonings in the same family in the same Victorian Gothic house 110 years apart. In 1889, William Oakley was tried for killing his wife, Cora, and was acquitted. In 1999, Jan Oakley arrives from Poland claiming to be William's great-grandson. He bears a will that entitles him to inherit part of the estate now occupied by William's two octogenarian granddaughters. Jan's boorish behavior so alienates everyone that, when he dies of poison, everyone has a motive. Superintendent Markby, the local chief detective, knows all the principals and begins the investigation, but his superior wisely calls in two clever Scotland Yard detectives to assure the appearance of objectivity. Markby's lover, a British foreign service veteran, Meredith Mitchell, lends additional support and human interest. The author expertly manages her large cast of characters, deftly using flashbacks to link past and present. This engrossing novel is sure to delight established Granger fans as well as to send new readers in search of her earlier works. FYI:Granger is also the author of the Fran Varady crime novels.
Shades of Murder
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  • Category: British Detectives
  • Published: Apr 01, 2007
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
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