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Death Lives Next Door (John Coffin Mystery #6)

3.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  59 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
"Butler has the light touch of a master and a beguiling hero in the somberly monikered Coffin," says Booklist of Gwendoline Butler's critically acclaimed Inspector Coffin series. Following her many previous Coffin mysteries, Death Lives Next Door takes the reader back in time to Coffin's first case. Among her colleagues at Oxford University, Dr. Marion Manning is considere ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Harlequin Books (first published 1960)
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Susan
Death Lives Next Door by Gwendoline Butler is the first book of the John Coffin mystery series set in late-20th-century Oxford, England. Perpetual scholar Ezra notices a man is watching his friend Dr. Marion Manning, anthropologist and university professor. She knows she's being followed and watched; so does her flamboyant housekeeper Joyo. Marion prefers not to confront the watcher, just act oblivious to his presence. But the watcher gets bolder, and one night enters her house. Marion calls for ...more
Katherine Clark
Jan 23, 2014 Katherine Clark rated it it was ok
I am kind to give this book 2 stars. It is the first in a series, begun in 1960. No doubt, part of the reason I hated this book was because the huge exciting reveal was so bloody obvious to someone living in the 21st century. This isn't Butler's fault, of course. Just as we modern viewers can no longer watch Hamlet and Gertrude without the intrusion of Freud and Oedipus, we also can't read books without doing our own sort of psychoanalysis. And Butler just relies on the incredible surprise. Sinc ...more
Bev
Dine and Be Dead, originally published as Death Lives Next Door (1960), is the sixth mystery in Gwendoline Butler's John Coffin series--but it takes the reader back in time to Inspector Coffin's first case. It also takes us to the highly academic setting of Oxford for a little murder and psychological drama among the dons. The story centers on Marion Manning, an Oxford scholar who has been successful in more than one field--most recently anthropology, which she gave up after the unexpected death ...more
Michelle
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Death Lives Next Door
Gwendoline Butler
Mystery
246 pages

"Butler has the light touch of a master and a beguiling hero in the somberly monikered Coffin," says Booklist of Gwendoline Butler's critically acclaimed Inspector Coffin series. Following her many previous Coffin mysteries, Death Lives Next Door takes the reader back in time to Coffin's first case. Among her colleagues at Oxford University, Dr. Marion Manning is considered a b
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Elizabeth Kennedy
Apr 22, 2015 Elizabeth Kennedy rated it it was ok
I was surprised at how archaic this book seemed. The wording reminded me of reading something tedious for school, yet the book was written in 1994. I guessed the mystery early on, didn't care about the characters either. Perhaps if I had read others in the series I would have liked it better.glad to get it off my " to be read" shelf.
George
Feb 23, 2008 George rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first Inspector Coffin novel in this British mystery series. I wasn't overly thrilled by the novel in that Coffin doesn't appear until about 70% into the story and the mystery is resolved in what appears to be more the natural course of events rather than anything he does.

Coffin travels unofficially out of his London district to Oxford unenthusically tracking down a missing person. That person is connected to an Oxford case and Coffin's appearance and efforts to find the missing person helps
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Jun 21, 2016 Ellen added it
Found it a little creepy.
Patricia Eichenlaub
May 11, 2015 Patricia Eichenlaub rated it liked it
A rollicking good old cozy.
Annie Flanders
Sep 13, 2011 Annie Flanders rated it it was amazing
When I first began reading this series, it was very difficult to find many of the Coffin books, and some of them, at that time, had only been published in England. But I persevered, gleaning through musty bookstores looking for any elusive Coffin book that I could find, so I was able to acquire most of them.

I totally enjoyed the series. Each book not only discusses a crime, but also delves into the live of John Coffin - a man of mystery, himself, as he searches for his lost past.
Linda
Sep 19, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
For the first two-thirds of the book I was finding the story disturbing. There was a feeling of impending doom and little relief as the plot went on. When Inspector Coffin arrived on the scene, he brought a bit of relief and the events seemed to quicken. When it was over, I felt that it was a well written book and the twists at the end made up for the plodding feeling of the earlier chapters.
Carol
Jul 30, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
this is a mystery within a mystery - Coffin's past is murky
Barbara
The story was good; the writing was...odd.
Lynn Anderson
Mar 20, 2012 Lynn Anderson rated it it was ok
It just didn't keep me interested
Mary
May 26, 2009 Mary rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
did not hold my interest.
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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
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