Shades of Murder

A Mitchell And Markby Mystery

Mitchell and Markby Mysteries (Volume 13)

Ann Granger

Minotaur Books

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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.

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Chapter One
1889
Cora Oakley leaned against the lace-trimmed pillows. Sweat trickled from her hairline down her forehead, along her nose, across her upper lip and formed a salty pool in the puckered skin at the corner of her mouth. She was hardly aware of it. Tentacles of pain stretched from her throbbing jaw down her neck to her shoulder. The whole right side of her face felt afire. It had been three days since the tooth had been drawn and the dentist had promised the wound would soon settle.
Why must men always lie about everything? thought Cora.

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"The village mystery observes more stringent procedures than a military task force...The style must be witty, the setting picturesque, and the characters amusingly idiosyncratic...Ann Granger knows the drill so well she could write a manual."--The New York Times

"As usual, Granger offer a tidily constructed, enjoyable whodunit."--Publishers Weekly on Beneath These Stones

"Granger deftly demonstrates that there's plenty of life still left in the traditional 'cozy' formula."--The Washington Post on Call the Dead Again

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Ann Granger

Like her heroine, Ann Granger has worked in British embassies around the world. She met her husband, who was also working for the British Embassy, in Prague, and together they received postings to places as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. They are now permanently based in Bicester, near Oxford. Granger is currently at work on her next Mitchell and Markby novel, featuring Fran Varady, a young private investigator living on her wits in inner-city London.

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Shades of Murder
A Mitchell And Markby Mystery
Ann Granger

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
October 2001
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312284459
ISBN10: 0312284454
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$23.95

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429974486
ISBN10: 1429974486
288 pages
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