Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Dread Murder” as Want to Read:
Dread Murder
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Dread Murder (Major Mearns and Sergeant Denny #2)

2.89 of 5 stars 2.89  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In the court of King George IV, Major Mearns---an old dog of war and veteran of Willington's army---is the guardian of Windsor Castle. Some would call him a spy; he calls himself a "watcher." Working with his close friend, the resourceful Sergeant Denny, the pair maintain a cool facade behind which they go about their duties quietly and unnoticed.

Unnoticed, that is, until
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published March 23rd 2006)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Dread Murder, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Dread Murder

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-29 of 29)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Kat Chan
Not my style of murder mystery, but the characters do grow on you. It gets better if you keep reading. Sometimes it is painfully cheesy.
A great ambience of Windsor Castle where Major Mearns and Sergeant Denny are guardians, or as they call themselves, watchers - who report to Lord Castlereagh.

Unidentified body parts arrive addressed to Major Mearns and this starts a hunt for who the victim is and how he ended up in pieces.

Young Charlie, a wanderer from London, turns up to assist and with a whole host of characters flitting in and out of the pages, the mystery deepens when a murder takes place, followed by two others.

As in all go
Sandra Strange
I wanted something lighter to lift my mood after chemotherapy and Gladstone and Disraeli heaviness. I had read this author's Coffin mysteries earlier, so I picked this one up. It's a historical mystery set in Georgian England (18th C), George IV's court, to be exact. It was ok, but not a great read.
Takes place in Windsor, England during the reign of King George IV. A fairly decent murder mystery - but not nearly as immersive as Allyn's 'The Cavalier of the Apocalypse'. Interesting twist regarding historic identity of a key character, revealed at the end of the book.
Not the most riveting of reads, it was ok
Grace marked it as to-read
Jun 22, 2015
Luretta marked it as to-read
Mar 21, 2015
Loisa added it
Mar 19, 2015
Thewalkinglexicon marked it as to-read
Dec 10, 2014
Amy marked it as to-read
Jan 26, 2014
Pitusa added it
Sep 06, 2013
Eweytx added it
Aug 24, 2013
Debra marked it as to-read
Aug 22, 2013
Alba added it
Jun 15, 2013
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Gwendoline Williams Butler (aka Jennie Melville)

Gwendoline Williams was born on 19th August 1922 in South London, England, UK, daughter of Alice (Lee) and Alfred Edward Williams, her younger twin brothers are also authors. Educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she read History, and later lectured there. On 16th October 1949, she married Dr Lionel Harry Butler (1923-1981), a professor of me
More about Gwendoline Butler...

Other Books in the Series

Major Mearns and Sergeant Denny (2 books)
  • The King Cried Murder
Coffin in the Museum of Crime Death Lives Next Door Coffin Underground (John Coffin Mystery, #20) Coffin on Murder Street Coffin for Charley

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »