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Der Fluch der bösen Tat/ A Restless Evil (Mitchell and Markby #14)

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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
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May 14, 2016 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unsolved case from twenty years ago comes back to haunt Superintendent Alan Markby when a hiker finds human bones in Stovey Wood. The unsolved case was a series of brutal rapes carried out by someone the press referred to as The Potato Man because he enveloped his victims in a potato sack to stop them escaping.

Markby, as a young inspector, felt there was something evil about the village of Lower Stovey and that the villagers knew more than they were willing to say. Now the discovery of the b
Shirley Schwartz
I usually love Mitchell and Markby stories, but this book is not Ms. Granger's best in this series. In this book Meredith and Alan are house hunting, and they end up in a pokey little village called Upper Stovey. Not much goes on in this backward little village, but while they are there someone discovers human bones in Stovey Woods. Markby has been in Upper Stovey before. Twenty-two years ago he was hunting a serial rapist who was nicknamed The Potato Man. They did not find the perpetrator then, ...more
May 10, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good for long commutes--I really enjoy the audio versions of the Mitchell/Markby series.
Kirsty Darbyshire

Unsurprisingly I thought this was another enjoyable book from Ann Granger. This series is getting long but it's not getting boring or predictable. Though Granger does tend to stay with much the same kind of format for the stories they are all individual enough to make them interesting reads.

In this book Alan and Meredith are house hunting in the dead end village of Lower Stovey when Meredith comes across a dead body (I've got to the point with this series where I no longer worry about realism a

Dec 14, 2011 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 22-year-old brutal serial rape case was unresolved in the Cotswold village of Lower Stovey. Alan Markby investigated at the time and was disappointed not to end up with a conviction. But 22 years on he, now Detective Superintendent Alan Markby, and his girlfriend Meredith Mitchell were looking at property in the village when, coincidentally of course, a murder took place in the local church and in addition some human bones were found in Stovey Woods, the scene of the multiple rapes of years ag ...more
Gary Van Cott
I thought the previous two books in this series were better than many that had preceded them. However, this one was back to the "just ok" mode. The next book is the final one in the series. I hope it will be better.
Jun 26, 2016 JenniferB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book near the end of the M&M series (unfortunately). Good story
Annette Meier
Sep 22, 2015 Annette Meier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit slow to start, but then really captured my attention! A hidden gem of a series, I'd nearly forgotten about.
May 07, 2009 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alan Markby has always been disturbed by his failure, as a young detective, to find the rapist known as the Potato Man. Now bones have been discovered in the woods that were the Potato Man's haunt. Could they be a victim, or did the rapes stop with the Potato Man's death? Then a harmless newcomer to the village nearby is killed. Alan's fiancee, Meredith Mitchell, talks to the victim's friend, and gradually learns enough about the relationships in the village to endanger her. Topflight British co ...more
Carol Peace
A very enjoyable mystery, when bones are found in Stovey woods and old case resurfaces. Who do the bones belong to and are they connected to the rape cases 22years ago. The rapist went to ground after the fifth rape and the case was unsolved. The finding of the bones sets the police thinking they have to be the reason. They are then confronted with another body and it is a murder and in the church. Who is the murderer and why. The outcome is very good and in some ways unexpected. Good book.
May 03, 2008 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was highly entertaining. The subplot is house hunting, and I have done my share of that, so I enjoyed it. They were able to solve a 30 year old rapist case and a death. Don't we all wish these old cases could be solved?
Jul 29, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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yet another great entry in the series. sadly this is next to last. i have only one more mitchell and markby mystery to read. i hope granger will come back to this series.
Very good novel for the genre, cozy English police procedural in a series which has maintained its quality over the years.

May 19, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
kept my interest right through to the end.what more can you ask for from a book.a good read.
May 21, 2012 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First one by this Author. Not my usual read but it was good.
Made a change and an easy read.
Andrea Sachs
My first Ann Granger mystery, but not my last. I like her writing.
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Ann Granger has worked in British embassies in various parts of 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 Oxfordshire.

Her first novels were historical romances published under the nom de plume Ann Hulme.
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