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A Restless Evil

A Restless Evil

A Mitchell and Markby Mystery

Mitchell and Markby Mysteries (Volume 14)

Ann Granger

Minotaur Books

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The officer on duty at Bamford police station is skeptical when he takes a call from Guy Morgan. Morgan claims to have stumbled upon human bones in Stovey Woods in the heart of the Cotswalds, but surely animal bones are more likely? Morgan, though, is a doctor as well as a hiker, and he knows exactly what he's found.

It sends a shiver down Detective Alan Markby's spine when he hears the news. Twenty-two years ago, as a fresh-faced young inspector, he had a rare failure: His hunt for a brutal serial rapist preying on local women in the Stovey woods came up empty. After the third rape, the attacker disappeared, never to be heard of again.

Now, with a new investigation prompted by Morgan's grisly discovery, the trail could be warm once more. But almost at once Markby is confronted with another body and a thoroughly up-to-date murder. Markby's lover, Meredith Mitchell, can't help but wonder: Could the two be connected? But as both are about to find out, it seems that some of the village residents would be just as happy to let sleeping dogs lie and secrets-both old and new-stay hidden...

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PART ONE
Chapter One
The pub was called the Drovers' Rest. Its faded sign creaked monotonously back and forth, depicting a flock of sheep and a figure in a smock. The sheep were shown too big, or the shepherd too...

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Praise for A Restless Evil

"[Granger] demonstrates her skill at updating the traditional English village murder mystery." - Publishers Weekly

"A rock-solid British village procedural, complete with detailed setting, slightly degenerate denizens, and ongoing personal conflicts." - Library Journal

"An excellent cozy with a full complement of eccentric characters, this lives up to the standard set by Granger's previous books." - Booklist

"For a good solid story which plays fair with the reader and focuses on two attractive and intriguing as well as flawed characters, you cannot go wrong with Ann Granger." - Reviewing the Evidence

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About the author

Ann Granger

Like Meredith Mitchell, 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, England, near Oxford. A Restless Evil is Ann's fourteenth Mitchell and Markby mystery. She is currently at work on the fifteenth.

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