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Death & the Gravedigger's Angel

(An Auction Block Mystery #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  42 reviews
When former army medic Tony Dozier is accused of killing a member of the hate group that disrupted his wife's funeral, the prosecution charges premeditated murder and the defense claims temporary insanity. Former marine Death Bogart and auctioneer Wren Morgan think there's more to the story.

They're both led to the long-abandoned Hadleigh House, where Wren begins preparing
Paperback, 264 pages
Published February 8th 2017 by Midnight Ink
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Janet Robel
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book that I'm on the fence about. Since I haven't read the first two in this series, I felt confused having jumped right into this one. Reading the others is highly recommended before starting this, otherwise, you're left with questions and piecing things together as you read further in. That being said, the characters are likable enough and the mystery held my attention that I would like to check out t
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, mystery, cozy
Pardon me while I hop up on a soapbox.

Ladies and gentlemen, readers and especially writers of cozy mysteries, this – (allow me to wave a copy of Death and the Gravedigger's Angel in the air) this is how it's supposed to be done.

The object, last time I looked, of a cozy mystery is pure entertainment. They're supposed to have a main character who is not a cop but has some sort of access to mysteries that makes sense. They're supposed to be light in tone, or even funny. They're supposed to be lon
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love this series! Morgan is working at Hadleigh House, an old abandoned mansion, to inventory the furnishings and other contents for auction. She finds an old sketchbook that is truly a treasure. It seems to tell a story from World War I about a soldier and his angel. Meanwhile Tony Dozier, an army vet is arrested for killing a man that was protesting his wife’s funeral. Wren and Death (Dee-th) “it’s a family name” Bogart meet the man and know right away he didn’t kill anyon
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's predictable, if you've read cozy mysteries you've probably read something very much like this book. But characters you love and want to know better separate this book from the average and make it something a little better. ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So we have a few mysteries. Who is the owner of the antique sketchbook and where is the final art piece? What's up with the dead man and the civil war uniform? Who killed the man Tony is accused of murdering. Themes and situations found within the story are relevant to events in the news, and I liked the subtle way these were mentioned. All of the threads soon became woven together and I quite enjoyed the solving of these mysteries.

While not perfect, Ross does offer a nice balance between myster
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libby, r2018
I had to stop reading this book in public. I suddenly laugh out loud and had people staring at me.

This book is golden, simply marvellous and pure entertainment. The mystery is twisted enough. The characters are odd, loveable and hilarious, it’s a comedian. I always like the Keystone clan who are funny and endearing, eccentric and caring. But the main star in this book is Death Bogart, an ex-marine-private investigator, and Wren Morgan, an auctioneer and awesome girlfriend. Both are well-written
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
this book was much better than book one. Auctioneer Wren and her boyfriend former Marine Death jump to the defense of a former Army medic Tony when he is accused of murder. Wren is preparing the contents of the long abandoned Hadleigh house and tries to find the lady who is several sketches she found. This book had some really funny parts.
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
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Chowhound88 (a.k.a. Ralph)
Looking forward to the next one.
Barbara Hackel
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book of the series, and with the rescue of Death's (pronounced Deeth) brother Randy in the previous book, the book is back in the original setting of East Bledsoe Ferry, MO. Now Randy has relocated to be close to his brother, and Death, Randy and Wren are frequently together. While Wren is cataloging and organizing a house for the auction company, the three are swept into a recent mystery concerning a drunken man dressed in Civil War uniform, a stolen horse, and a low hanging b ...more
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Death & the Gravedigger's Angel is the third in the Loretta Ross's terrific Auction Block Mystery series. It's hard to say what I like best about the series: Death and Wren's relationship; Wren's resourcefulness; Death trying to come to terms with his disability while still pushing himself; the sibling banter with Randy and between the Keystone twins; the realistic way the books acknowledge trauma and PTSD, especially among vets and crime victims; even the whole Keystone clan, who are funny and ...more
I really love this series! This is the third book, and I loved it just as much as the first two. I am really hoping the author has more books in her for the series, because it is great!

I am continuing to love the smart, funny, loving relationship between Wren and Death [prounounced Deeth]. They are both terrific people, and the banter and play between them is one of the best things about these books. They are not sappy or annoying, instead they come across as real, sensible people who happily fo
Andy N
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This review was originally published on NetGalley.

A fun cosy-mystery, good for a quick read. This was the first volume I’ve read from “An Auction Block Mystery” and I want to take a look at the previous novels of the collection to see what I’ve missed. I must say that having a character named Death is peculiar and actually compliments the story very nicely.

The mystery starts with the beginning of an investigation. Apparently, a drunken old man stole a horse and dressed in a cavalry uniform got i
Wren and Death are back, this time with Death's brother being included in the fun. The book opens with a dead, drunk man wearing an authentic Confederate coat. It seems that he stole a horse and died when his head hit a branch. Oh, and the coat has chemicals on it that make it obvious that it was recently buried on someone else.
Death is asked to look into the murder of a bible-thumper's son. It seems that the man's church picketed a Muslim woman's death and now the son has turned up in the back
Kimberly Ann
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Former Army Medic, Tony Dozier, is accused of killing a member of the hate group that disrupted his (Muslim) wife's funeral. Tony says he saw his wife's ghost beckoning to him and came across the bleeding man & tried to save him. Tony's defense hires Death (deeth), to prove Tony insane.

Meanwhile, Death's fiancée, Wren, is cataloging the contents of the neighboring Hadleigh House and comes across detailed drawings from WW I depicting a soldier & his Angel of mercy, which turns out to be of the l
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm completely sad because I've now read all four of these wonderful books and now must wait for book five. These are such fun adventures with interesting characters. They are well written, well paced and there is good continuity between the books. I kind of wish I could have discovered Loretta Ross after book 30, so I could devour her books for a longer period of time. Wren and Death are involved in more auctions and action in this book. This time there's hate crimes, a Civil War uniform, and h ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Death and Wren return in a third story and Randy, Death's brother, is along for the ride.
There are some funny lines throughout the book with some of them being ironic.
Wren is trying to prepare Hadleigh house for an auction. There are two dead men. One was wearing a civil war uniform and died while riding a horse. The second was the son of a rather radical religionist. Near Hadleigh house is a sort of refuge for war veterans who need help recovering for their experiences. The horse the first dea
Jennifer Brown
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this series!! The only bad thing about this book, is that the killer is easy to guess early on. It didn't matter though...the path to get there was wonderful!! Death, Wren and Randy are such lovable characters. They have fun with one another and still know how to work along the way. This one had 2 stories that kind of twisted together. Wren and the family she works for, are auctioning stuff in an old house where a drunk guy was just found dead. While the cops are trying to figure ...more
Dianne Landry
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auction-block
Thank god this book went back to what I loved about the first one. After the ridiculous story in the second book I was a little worried.

Death and Wrens till have an amazing rapport but the addition of Death's brother, Randy, is a delight.

I did figure out who did it pretty quickly but that's okay. I only have one little quibble and it really did annoy me. One of the characters was Muslim and the author kept saying she wearing a hijab and that it was covering her face. Hijab's do not cover the fac
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A pair of interlocking mysteries keeps this novel very interesting. A former Army medic suffering from PTSD is accused of murdering the son of a man who disrupted his wife's funeral. Death meets with him and does not think it possible he did it. In the meantime Wren is getting an old dilapidated mansion ready for auction and stumbles across a set of beautiful drawings from a soldier from WWI and starts trying to discover his identity.

I love this series because the author's characters are realis
Patrick S.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
A fan of the series, this one feels like a bit of a misstep. The main mystery starts immediately and the nice build up from the previous two are gone. I thought the actual beginning of my book was missing. On top of that, there isn’t as much banter and character development as the others had.

However, all the good characters are there and they are still consistent with their past stories. The world built is still fun and the characters are what makes it such. The mystery this time isn’t the best
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best follow up to the prior two

Good read. Randy is back from not being dead, Death and Wren are coming along. Keystones are generous and supportive, etc. Story is cliche and little guesswork required. Murdered fundamentalist purported Christian, dead Muslim woman (drunk driver), ptsd vet husband the obvious suspect. Yawn.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Second in the series. Death (as in Lord Peter Whimsey's family name) is a military veteran, in this book trying to help a fellow veteran accused of murder. His girlfriend Wren and other regulars in the books, will help. Very good. Not dragged down by repeatedly questioning the same people. An auction business is involved, so some interesting asides about the value of various treasures. ...more
Elizabeth Dodd
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an engaging story.
Good characters, very interesting, and complex.
I'd like to go back to the earlier ones to see the development.
And a very exciting resolution to the mystery.
Really touching presentation of the reality of armed service veterans.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was a really good book, I might go back and read the first two, but this one can stand all on its own too.
L Kate
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great mystery and supporting cast. And again, the “banter” Is fabulous.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it

not quite a cozy, but not a trad. mys. either .. a solid, but not great series
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2017
Death and the Gravedigger’s Angel by Loretta Ross is the third book in An Auction Block Mystery series. Wren Morgan and the Bogart brothers (Randy and Death) are heading to Hadleigh House. It is an 1800s plantation and the path leading up to the house is a local legend. Keystone and Sons, the auction company that Wren works for, has been contracted to sell the contents of the house. Wren needs to appraise and catalogue the items in the house. The area is a crime scene after hikers found a man de ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-missouri
What a great series this is proving to be! Private investigator and damaged veteran Death Bogart and his significant other, feisty auctioneer Wren Morgan team up together to help Tony Dozier, a veteran accused of murder. After a disruption caused by a fundamentalist "church" at his wife's funeral, Tony is found with the murdered body of one of the church members. His best friend wants Bogart to find proof that Tony is insane. But Bogart is the only one who thinks Tony is innocent. Wren is prepar ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 ☆s
Death in the title refers to Death Bogart, an ex-Marine and now private investigator. His girlfriend, Wren Morgan, is an auctioneer with a firm in East Bledsoe Ferry, a tiny town in Missouri. Together they form an intelligent & personable duo, whether they're sleuthing or not. The third novel in the Auction Block series featuring the couple finds them joined by Death's brother, Randy, who Death had thought dead. Wren is cataloging & preparing the Hadleigh House, built in the 1800s and vaca
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Loretta Ross is a writer and historian who lives and works in rural Missouri. She is an alumna of Cottey College and holds a BA in archaeology from the University of Missouri - Columbia. She has loved mysteries since she first learned to read. Death and the Redheaded Woman will be her first published novel.

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An Auction Block Mystery (4 books)
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