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Shades of Murder: A Mitchell And Markby Mystery (Mitchell and Markby #13)

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Since the end of the nineteenth century, the Oakley family of Bamford, England, has lived in the shadow of tragedy. In 1889, Cora Oakley died by inhaling a poisonous gas in her sleep, and her husband William was put on trial for the murder. Although the case was dismissed, Oakley's reputation was ruined, and he fled the country, never to be heard from again.

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Published April 1st 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published 2000)
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Shirley Schwartz
Sep 11, 2013 Shirley Schwartz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book refers back to a previous death of an Oakley family member in 1889. Cora Oakley was found burned to death in her bedchamber. Her husband William was charged with murder since many felt that he had poisoned her with arsenic fumes which caused her to knock over the lamp and start the fire. William was acquitted and left the country, leaving a young son behind him. Descendents of that son are now living in the family home. A stranger comes to town saying he's a descendent of Cora's husban ...more
Simon Mcleish
Dec 21, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in September 2001.

Many fictional detectives are at some point given a murder from the past to solve. Shades of Murder isn't like any of these; it's about how a hundred year old murder case still casts shadows into the present, bringing death once again.

Bamford, the fictional market town which is the location of Granger's Mitchell and Markby series, was also the scene of one of the notorious Victorian poisonings. William Oakley's wife seemed to have died an ac
Aug 16, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the small British town of Bamford, the ill-fated Oakley family has lived at Fourways house since the 19th century. The only Oakleys now remaining are two elderly sisters in impoverished circumstances, who have always lived under the shadow of their grandfather William's possible murder of their grandmother Cora--he got off, but the general belief was that he was guilty. Now the sisters are hoping to sell Fourways and move into a more comfortable flat, but their plans are disrupted by the arri ...more
May 10, 2016 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Oakley was tried for the murder of his wife, Cora in the nineteenth century and acquitted. He was forced to flee the country because of the weight of public opinion against him. He was subsequently declared dead by the courts in order to resolve property ownership. Currently the house where the suspicious death took place is owned and occupied by two elderly spinster sisters, Damaris and Florence.

Out of the blue a young man from Poland turns up claiming to be a descendent of 'Wicked Wil
Boring (for me). Granger is/was a (consular) diplomat, her heroine isn't really needed to (nor does she) solve the crime, although of course this is better written than M.C. Beaton's village crime stories. Half of it is set 100 years before the other, like a Perry novel, although unlike McDermid's PoE the times are interlinked (no direct relation or echoes though). Most vexing was that I was sure I had never read this book, but early on I suddenly knew I had read how it ended, precisely who kill ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

ann granger is one of my faves and the only reason i haven't read this already is that i'd just about forgotten i had it. so far the intertwining of the present day happenings with events of 1889 is making it an interesting read; it remains to be seen whether this is merely a device for an author to write less about her main characters whilst keeping with the series or whether it'll elevate the series to a new level...

having finished it i don't think either of those were the case; meredith and

it gets old saying the same thing after each of her mysteries, but they have all been really good. this was another good one. every time i think i've figured her out and maybe i know what is going on this time - i don't. another compelling story with compelling characters. can't wait to begin the next one. except that after that there is only one left. i will be sad to have finished her whole series. hopefully she is still writing them.
Jul 29, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very rarely do you read a murder mystery that involves arsenic laden marmite.
If you have ever tried marmite, you realize you would never use it as a sandwich spread at all.
The murder takes place in Bamford, England and follows the current murder of Jan Oakley, and the trial of a murder that happened 100 years ago in the same house.
Dec 31, 2012 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one has a dark aspect due to a tragedy/crime in the past that has deformed the lives of the descendants. The relationship between Meredith and Markby advances nicely, and there is a real twist at the end of the story.
May 07, 2008 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another one in a successful series with two characters, Markby and Meridith. One of the attractions for me, besides the English village whodunnit, is that the female character is well drawn and has a mind of her own.
Audio book. Thought it would never end! Rather a ridiculous story! Most of the characters annoyed me! They were all so aggressive & opinionated. Glad I didn't have it to read! (I listen to audio books to & from work.)
Miriam Smith
May 25, 2016 Miriam Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this, a lovely traditional story that I thoroughly enjoyed!
Jane Glen
Jul 23, 2016 Jane Glen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick and readable, for the die-hard British mystery fans. I always enjoy her novels.
Susan Cabaniss
It's an ok contribution to the series.
Gary Van Cott
Most of this book was ok but I thought the mechanism of the "murder" was probably the dumbest of this whole series.
Jun 25, 2016 JenniferB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot quite good but difficult to read, old fashioned and a bit melodramatic
Sep 10, 2010 KatMcD rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Club pick. Very good. British. Good story line.
slightly above average murder mystery. I think that I may read a few more in the series.
Annette Meier
May 01, 2013 Annette Meier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's good to get back to this genre of small country villages that encounter murder and mayhem; alongside the delightful characters that make up these wonderful villages.
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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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Mitchell and Markby (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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