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Skeleton at the Feast (Ackroyd and Thackeray #7)

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
With an inquiry into the death of one of his officers hanging over his head back in Yorkshire and his career in limbo, DCI Michael Thackeray sets off for his alma mater, Oxford College, for a summer course, all the while brooding on his newly uncertain future. Before long, a former tutor has persuaded him to investigate the disappearance of a senior don. Why has Dr. Mark H ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 16th 2002 by Minotaur Books (first published May 30th 2000)
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George
Jun 07, 2015 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#7 in the Yorshire DCI Michael Thackeray and girl friend Laura Ackroyd mystery sereis. With an inquiry into the death of one of his officers hanging over his head back in Yorkshire and his career in limbo, DCI Michael Thackeray sets off for his alma mater, Oxford College, for a summer course, all the while brooding on his newly uncertain future and as well as his unpleasant memories of his years at Oxford's St. Frideswide College 20 years earlier. This is a strong mystery novel with a dark tone ...more
Gary Van Cott
3.5 Stars. The author, as she did in the previous book, gets one of her characters out of their familiar location. In this case it is Thackeray who goes to a police course taking place at his old college in Oxford. He has to deal both with his old demons and a new mystery he is asked to investigate by his former tutor. This book has a higher level of tension than most of the earlier books in this series. Not all of the problems are resolved in this book.
Grey853
Aug 13, 2009 Grey853 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, british
This had an interesting plot, but the chopping execution slowed the pacing too much. It was really two stories in one, showing the impact of the death of a colleague on two very different people.

I really think this could've been an excellent novel with some editing.
Betsy
Mar 20, 2013 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an interesting and unusual look at life at an Oxford College. Not the glowing appreciation of the gleaming spires of the universities but a continuation of the stories of a police detective, Thackery and a journalist, Laura Ackroyd.
Nina
Dec 30, 2014 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was enjoyable. It didn't focus so much on the background of the criminal as it did the background of the investigators. I like my mysteries to have layer upon layer of clues to be revealed but most of the time was developing the characters of the police department.
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Kay
May 25, 2011 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
A nice, solid police procedural set in Oxford. I mean to check out some of her subequent books.
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Patricia Hall is the pen-name of journalist Maureen O'Connor. She was born and brought up in West Yorkshire, which is where she has chosen to set her acclaimed series of novels featuring reporter Laura Ackroyd and DCI Michael Thackeray. She is married, with two grown-up sons, and now lives in Oxford.
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