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Marriage Can Be Murder

(Dr Benjamin Bones Mysteries)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,825 ratings  ·  151 reviews
On the eve of World War II, Dr. Benjamin Bones is at war with himself. While most young men are being sent away to fight the Germans, Ben is chosen to serve on English soil. Ordered to move to wild, beautiful Cornwall, he must trade his posh London office and stylish city life for the tiny village of Birdswing, population 1,221 souls. But leaving his home and shelving his ...more
Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published November 2nd 2014 by Lyonnesse Books
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Review written January 3, 2016

3.8 Stars - Okeydokey and jolly good. My "new" audiobook love is maybe cozy mystery (crimance) novels. This was another very amusing treat

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Yay, I might have found my new book craving
Marriage Can Be Murder is yet again an historical cozy mystery audiobook in my taste. This time a 8 hours early World War II set and nicely developed adventure in a small Cornwall village. Very pleasant narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies (who I recognize from some M/M romances).

Just myste
Chrissy Dyer
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found this Mystery book better than Sherlock Holmes. A lot of twists and turns and keeps you guessing, love it!
Pamela Mclaren
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Can you say that a charming cozy mystery is still a good read? Because Emma Jameson has created one such with "Marriage Can Be Murder."

Call me a sucker for historical stories but this one was set on the eve of World War II as Dr. Benjamin Bones travels to a small village where he will serve as physician. Traveling with him his wife, who he has found to not be suited to being the wife of a country doctor. I brief stop during the notorious blackouts of that period ends badly for the wife — who is
Stacie  Haden
Right up my alley! A solid historical mystery with realistic, intelligent main characters and a few good doses of humor. I'll be reading the other series by Emma Jameson, as well. The first of her other series, has been waiting in my kindle for at least a year. I didn't know what I was missing.
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy of 'Marriage can be Murder' by Emma Jameson, in exchange for an honest review.

I started reading 'Marriage can be Murder' unsure with what I'll be getting, as this was my first book from Emma Jameson. I couldn't put the book down, wanting... NEEDING to know.... This story was filled with suspense, leaving me guessing until the very end... There were times when I thought I'd figured out the WHO & WHY, but boy was I wrong, I never would have guessed even with all the details
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wartime
I liked this, but sadly not as much as I hoped I would. For some reason I didn't get the 'feel' of it being early wartime - even though there were all the wartime 'bits' - the ARP Warden the blackouts, etc

And the annoying thing is that I don't quite know why !

The writing is lovely and some of the characters are really detailed and engaging but somehow it didn't 'gel' with me.

I will put it aside and give it another go later on - maybe it's just me. (probably is, as this has some wonderful review
Christy Wilson
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of mysteries, and this one did not disappoint.

The book is set in England in 1939 during WWII. Dr. Benjamin Bones and his wife, Penny, who are on the verge of divorce, are being sent to her hometown of Birdswing due to the war, and how the government is working to have doctors in practical locations so no town goes without.

Penny feels that this will help their marriage, but Ben is thinking on the drive there that nothing can save it. Their car breaks down and again, due to the war,
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have read a couple of Emma Jameson's Lord Hetheridge mystery series and liked them well enough, but this new book of hers is head and shoulders above her detective series.
Dr. Benjamin Bones and his wife, Penny - who is not a very nice person - are sent to a small village in Cornwall for the duration of WWII. The very night they arrive, a truck deliberately runs them both down, killing Penny and breaking both of Ben's legs.
Welcome to Cornwall.
Dr. Bones recovers with the help of the villagers -
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I didn't really know what to expect from this book when I first started. In the end, I'm super glad that I read this book because it was absolutely amazing. it was real page-turner and the plot kept me hooked until the very end. I haven't read that many mysteries lately but I have to say, this has to be one of the best ones I've ever read. I also liked the characters a lot, especially Dr. Bones and Lady Juliet. They were just speaking to me. But I recommend this book to everybody whole-heartedly ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Took me long enough to read this book. It's not my "go-to" genre, so I guess it has a lot to do with this fact. I"m not "used" to reading Mysteries, especially not Historical ones. I enjoyed it. Both MC - Dr Ben Bones and Lady Juliet Linton were smart and entertaining. I really wished for something to happen between them but it only shows how many romance novels I've been reading, trying to "hook up" any couple I can find :) I gotta say the Mystery was much more complex than I thought would be. ...more
Daniella Bernett
A delightful new mystery series from the talented Emma Jameson set in a small Cornish village. Dr. Ben Bones is a likable character and his interactions with Lady Juliet are entertaining. Their differences, as well as their intelligent repartee, propel the story forward. The village's other colorful characters only serve to enhance the story. I'm looking forward to "Divorce Can Be Deadly," the second book.
Nancy Hammons
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, there was no swearing, well just "Bloody Hell" twice, but other than that it was a clean, fun semi-serious murder mystery. Even though it's book 1 in a series it's a stand alone story, begun and solved in one. One of my favorite characters was Mrs. Cobblepot, Dr. Bones' "new" housekeeper, she was funny and caring, I hope she continues in the rest of the books.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
An entertaining beginning to a series in the early days of WWII. Some of the characters are feisty and memorable while others are just a tad strange. As soon as the term "Chain Home" was mentioned, I knew what the secret was, but since that came nearly at the end, it didn't matter. Will be interested in reading other stories in the series.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting, likable characters, decent plot. I'm going on to the 2nd book.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, crime
A solid 4-star book.

Instead of heading off to fight in World War II, young doctor Benjamin Bones has been ordered to move to a sleepy Cornish town whose last doctor recently died. The town is also coincidentally where his wife, Penny, was born and raised, and they've barely set foot in town before the pair of them are brutally run down by a lorry in the dark. Penny is killed - Ben is essentially crippled with both legs broken. And now he needs to not only recover in this sleepy little town, but
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great read, and an interesting collection of characters. I particularly liked the very unstereotypical heroine Lady Juliet and am looking forward to reading more about her in subsequent novels. There was a (small) supernatural element which I found unnecessary and kind of jarring with the style of the rest of the novel, but overall it's very much a cozy mystery with likeable characters and a charming setting.
Sarah Madison
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've read some of Emma Jameson's other works (The Lord Hetheridge series) and thoroughly enjoyed them, so I fully expected that this book would follow in the same vein with well-plotted mysteries, engaging characters, and an engrossing storyline. Marriage Can Be Murder did not disappoint! Not only did it feel like opening a time capsule into the Golden Age of Mystery with a psychological puzzle comparable to the best Agatha Christie or Ngaio Marsh, but Jameson took it one better. Truly delightfu ...more
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a terrific English 1939 cozy. I laughed out loud in places, rooted for the townspeople, loved Dr Bones and Lady Juliet and cannot wait for the second book in this new series. For a minute there, I was afraid it was going to go off in the wacky direction of ghosts and mysticism, which I normally am ok with, but HERE it just didn't seem right. It stopped short of kooky. Still, I loved the setting, the characters ( definitely) and anxiously await Book 2.
Mary B. Grove
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4 stars for plot, 5 for dialogue + characters

This series is quite different from Jameson's other English mystery set, though I enjoy it too. I think it's the period setting that allows her to write so much witty dialogue and create characters like Lady Julia (whom I kept picturing looking like Chummy from "Call the Midwife"). I look forward to book two.
Becky Almon
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
1930s fun mystery

Reading this reminded me of seeing old comedy/romantic mystery movies of the 30s and 40s.lcanpictureLady Juliet played by Rosalind Russell and Dr. Bones by someone like John Mills. I look forward to the next adventure.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Jan Vickery
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the two main characters, Dr. Bones and Juliet Linton (Bolivar) and the friendship that developed between them. Set in wartime England, this is a cozy mystery full of questioning and investigation as you would expected, but there is also a bit of the supernatural as a ghost appears to both main characters to add clues and help in the search for the murderer. I was happily reading along and suddenly the ending turned "spy thriller intrigue". This sort of threw me off--hence the four stars- ...more
Kim Humphrey
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
WW2 mystery

The war is just starting and Dr Bones is sent to a small town , along with his cheating wife. They are both run over in the street, as the lights are out for the blackout. She doesn't survive. He is left with multiple fractures in both legs. Enter the Amazon, Lady Juliet. She's 6'2 and wears trousers. She gets him back to doctoring and the two of them are on the hunt for whoever ran over the Dr and his wife. He finds out many people knew his wife from before and a lot of them had reas
Marietta Slater
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Setting is WWII England. Dr. Ben Bones and wife are headed to her hometown to take up residency. They arrive at Birdswing right at dusk. Because of the mandatory black out rule, no lights can be detected. There is an accident leaving Dr. Bones with severe injuries and his wife dead. After recuperating, Dr. Bones finds a note left on his pillow stating an apology to him saying that the accident was not meant for him. He and a well to do patron of the town set off to solve the murder mystery.

Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries-crime
This was a fun little cozy mystery, set in a small village in the English countryside during the outbreak of the second World War. Enjoyed the depiction of small-town life, and the main character, Dr. Benjamin Bones, is well-drawn and three dimensional. The possible leading lady of the story is Lady Juliet, over six feet tall, a bit horsey, and quite a character. It will be interesting to follow the series and see if they connect romantically (she's in love w/him and he really likes her as a per ...more
Gail Gassen
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great book i couldn't put down

Trying this book and author out I was truly happy! This a very moving book of many emotions. Mostly betrayal and healing from that and physical pain. While the country of England waits to see if they're going to war. Already thousands of men have left for France and other places to be soldiers leaving there homes families, sweethearts behind. I loved this book and the characters & can't wait to read the next in line. There was no walking away from it and
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's 1939 England and Dr. Benjamin Bones has been assigned as the doctor to the village of Birdswing and its surrounding area. But for his wife, Penny, it is a return to her old life, a return she doesn't welcome.
But moments after arriving she is killed and the Doctor seriously injured.
Once recovered he joins with Lady Juliet to find the guilty party.
I enjoyed this well-written mystery with some well-rounded characters, and look forward to reading the next in the series.
Tracey S Choat
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good

This mystery, set in the Cornwall community of England, takes place during WWII. Very amusing, charming characters and a pleasing atmosphere. The main character is a doctor from London sent to a small town by the government for the war effort. There is a small amount of paranormal, which I usually don't care for, but it's well done and not too much. I plan to read the next in the series.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Divorcing Doctors Can Be Deadly

Not that anyone gets divorced (that would be social suicide!), just dead. Charmingly written mystery with wonderful main characters who fit together like a jigsaw puzzle of a serene country town in crisis. Highly recommended reading id you like your mysteries peopled with intelligent, witty, and slightly nutty women and intelligent, witty and dangerously charming men. Such fun! :)
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