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Sitting Murder

(Lancashire Detective #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  49 reviews
With a myriad of motives, the question is who?

Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan of the Wigan Borough Police has no time for tales of ghosts and the afterlife, or of the dead contacting the living.

So, when he finds himself investigating the case of a recently widowed young woman, Alice Goodway, who has suddenly developed ‘the Gift’ of mediumship and has received a threat
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Published October 12th 2017 by Endeavour Press
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Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of easy murder-mysteries
"They see things," said Alice. "You can't hide anythin' from the spirits."

A tricky and ghostly murder-mystery, Sitting Murder provided me with a difficult crime to solve, as it has a group of living and dead people as its suspects.

In this historical mystery-novel taking place in the Victorian era (1894), we follow Detective Brennan and Constable Jaggery as they have to solve the case of Alice Goodway, a recently widowed woman who suddenly developed the ‘gift’ of connecting with the death. At
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sitting Murder is book #4 in the Lancashire Detective series. The book is set in Wigan, Lancashire in 1894, and features DS Brennan and his sidekick Constable Jaggery investigating another murder. We still don't really find out much more about Brennan and Jaggery's personal lives.

There are quite a few characters in this novel, some living and some dead, but there is no confusion as to who they all are. Some of the characters are red herrings and Wright keeps you guessing until the end with the t
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I start sharing my thoughts, can we all just take a minute to admire that absolutely stunning cover! I can tell you, it fits the story perfectly! Now, don’t be put off by the fact it says this is the fourth instalment in a series. It reads perfectly well as a stand-alone and at no point did I feel I was missing out on anything.

Recently widowed Alice Goodway receives a threatening letter. Alice seems to have the gift to communicate with the dearly departed and has been having “sittings” wi
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Endeavour Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

After Alice Goodway's husband is killed in an accident she suddenly gains the ability to speak with spirts. She performs sittings for those who wish to speak to lost loved ones for a small price. When she receives a threatening letter accusing her of lies, Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan is sent to investigate. He dismisses the letter as nothing more than a disgruntled client letting
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A fantastic murder mystery with all the right feels! I lived the plot, characters and twist!😍❤📚
Elaine Tomasso
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Endeavour Press for a review copy of Sitting Murder, the fourth novel in the Lancashire Mystery series and the third to feature DS Michael Brennan of the Wigan Police.

In 1890s Wigan Alice Goodway has just lost her husband, Jack, in a mining accident and discovered psychic powers. She has been holding individual sittings for a few of the local bereaved with her Aunty Doris by marriage taking charge of the "administration". When they receive an anonymous poison
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Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whoo, what a ride! Loved, loved, LOVED this, I was swept up in this deftly written mystery from the very first page. Combining the Victorian fascination with mediums and spirits with a classic whodunit,I loved the simple yet complex plot that takes twist after turn and by the time the surprise ending was unfolding, I was just holding on for dear life! The tragic stories from the suspects made it hard to single one out, and although you think you know who did it, you'll be wrong.

Sitting Murder w
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I received this book free from the publisher for an honest review.

This is a historical mystery that has a hint of the Victorian times, along with some of the social intricacies of the day. The mystery contains many suspects, along with subtle hints and red herrings. The reading was easy and the mystery kept me going right up to the end. I plan on trying more of this authors books.
Cathy Ryan
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set in a North-Western English town during the late 19th century, this murder/mystery whodunnit brings the history of the era to life with the terraces of houses, local dialect and a community living in close proximity to one another. The main source of work were the cotton mills and the mines. Alice Goodway, only married a year, has lost her husband, Jack, in a mining accident, which also took the life of her friend’s husband. Since her husband’s death, Alice has become a medium, offering comfo ...more
Andreia Nuno
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a different, tricky and great historical mystery where both the living and the dead are suspects. Very refreshing!

Recently widowed Alice Goodway developed the ability to speak to spirits. She decides to become a medium with the help of her aunt and helps those who wish to speak with their loved ones. Her life is turned upside down when she receives a threatening letter quickly followed by a dead body in her home. The sceptic Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan and open-minded Constable J
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sitting Murder by A. J. Wright is the fourth book in the Lancashire Detective series. I have not read any of the previous books, but this one works perfectly as a stand-alone.

Sitting Murder is set during the late Victorian period in Wigan, a town known for its cotton mills and coal mines. When a mine accident takes the life of Alice Goodway's husband Jack, Alice's grief and sense of abandonment is intense.

But then it seems that Jack is able to communicate with Alice from beyond the grave, acti
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and Endeavour Press for a review copy of Sitting Murder.
This was a really enjoyable murder mystery set in Victorian England. It was really atmospheric and the writing is very descriptive and gives a real sense of the time and place it was set. The characters are brilliant. They really reminded me of Dickens characters, quirky and no nonsense. Although there are quite a few characters I had no trouble remembering who everyone was. The plot moves along nicely and the ending tie
Tracy Terry
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful period mystery which combines a classic whodunit with spiritualism. The terraced houses, the close-knit community in which the characters dwell brought to life. Secrets abound, old wounds opened as DS Brennan and his sidekick, Jaggery, eliminate the suspects one by one.

From the archetypal detective and his faithful constable through to the quirky, no-nonsense women, from the living to the dead, from those who had an actual part to play in the unfolding events to those who served main
Karen Cole
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Most of the crime novels I read are set in the present day or at least within living memory so it was a real treat to settle down with a book by a contemporary author who has set his plot in Victorian times, particularly as historical fiction is my other preferred genre.
The prologue immediately recalls the hard lives of the working class back then as a young woman sits by her dying husband's bedside. A victim of another mining disaster, Jack Goodway at least manages to say his last words to his
Ged Brown
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Another belter from A.J.Wright. This is the third book I have read in the Lancashire detective series, set in my hometown of Wigan in the 1890's.

It is winter and a recently widowed girl, Alice Goodway is holding sittings in her home for some of her neighbours claiming she can contact their dead relatives. When there is a murder in her house and some threatening letters arrive Sargeant Brennan with the help of his sidekick Constable Jaggery, must unravel the clues quickly before another murder i
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Endeavor Press, in exchange for an honest review. The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover - it's beautiful! Luckily, this book is a lot more than a pretty cover. When I started this book I was not aware that this is actually book #4 of a currently 4 book series. I didn't realize that until about a quarter way in - I loved the writing and thought, why have I never heard of this author before? This is really good. I look it up ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review, which follows.

I was contacted by the publisher because I am a fan of another mystery author and one of his series and was asked if I would be willing to try this book, which was similar. I applaud that kind of forward marketing, but I think it was a mistake targeting fans of that particular series because they are not actually similar. I approached this book with ideas and expectations that had to be changed midway, and thus began with a
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was an enjoyable book.
I like to occasionally dive into this victorian world, these old ways of investigations and different perceptions. The motives however never really change much.
Sittings, threatening letters and a dead body. That was an interesting combination, especially that there was no shortage of suspects. Practically characters involved in these settings had a very good motive for killing Doris Goodways and threatening her niece, Alice Goodways, the one in contact with the spirit
Kri Wood
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Firstly a special thank you to A.J. Wright, Netgalley and Endeavour Press for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

An enjoyable who-dun-it murder mystery set in Victorian England with a plot that was quite simple. I have not read any of the other books in the series, I did not have to worry as it worked as a standalone.

A young bereaved widow, Alice Goodway claims she can contact the spirits since her husband was killed in a pit expl
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sitting Murder is a competently written but somewhat lacklustre Victorian mystery. From the start you know that not all is kosher with Alice Goodway and her seances. She knows more than she otherwise should, but DS Michael Brennan does not believe in ghosts. When Goodway’s husband’s Aunt is murdered, he must unravel the threads of the past to find a clever and determined killer.

Conceptually the plot is acceptable. The problem is that the characters are difficult to empathize with. There is no on
I'm always a sucker for a book with Spiritualism or mediums in it, which was the reason that I applied for and received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley (in exchange for an honest review.)
This book was pretty good, but not great. I haven't read any of the other books in this series. However, I would read them (the first in the series looks particularly interesting.)
The characters in this book were the best part of the book for me. The author seemed to put most of his energy
Crystal Mayfield
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sitting Murder has been one of the best quick reads I've read this year. I loved everything about this story. It takes you back to the late 1800's England. It's a story of loss and how some deal with the fact of loss. Whether right or wrong we all have to deal with loss at one time in our lives.

This is a story of a young widowed woman and how she deals with the loss of her husband in a mining accident. After her husband is taken from her she starts being able to communicate with the dead. All of
Kerry Henderson
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alice Goodway has gained the gift to talk to the dead following her husband's death. She offers sittings to friends with the help of her husband's aunt who is then murdered. Sergeant Brennan is called in to find out who killed her. Threatening notes sent to Alice make it seem she's the next victim can the murderer be found before someone else dies.

This was a really good read and I didn't figure out who it was until right before the end. There are lots of brilliant twists that you don't see comi
Anna Szabó
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I so love Victorian crime novels. And Sitting Murder is definitely one of my favourites. I realized this is the fourth book ín the series after I've started reading it but I thought I give it a try anyway. And I'm glad I did. The plot was interesting enough. Kept me guessing. DS Brennan is a capable police officer, hé has his wits about hím. Oh and I truly liked hís loyal constable, Constable Jaggery. The dialogues were believeble, easly to follow. I never would have guessed who the killer was. ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Sitting Murder was the first in the Lancashire Detective series that I have read. Usually, it ruffles my feathers to read a series out of order but I saw a copy of it on Netgalley and decided to give it a whirl. I have to say, I rather enjoyed it. The characters were well written and the vernacular was interesting. I saw the twist coming at the end, but still enjoyed the final reveal. I did take the star rating down from 4 to 3 because the story dragged in the middle. Over all I would recommend ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable whodunit murder mystery set in Victorian England, the plot was quite simple, A young bereaved widow, Alice Goodway claims she can contact the spirits since her husband was killed in a pit explosion, several people have seen her to talk to there dear departed but when threatening letters start arriving and then her Aunt is found murdered in Alice's bed, but was she the intended victim or Alice, Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan has to work out who is the murderer before more people ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
If Wilkie Collins and Agatha Christie had a literary baby it would be A.J. Wright. Sitting murder is a moody Victorian mystery steeped in intrigue, that leads the reader on a twisting trip the the foggy world of spiritualism, literally and figuratively. Just when you think you've figured it out, another layer is added to confuse the issue. While being a first rate mystery, it also give the reader a look at the world for women in Victorian times-which was harsh and left them with few options. I a ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What an intriguing book about spiritualism and murder, set in Victorian Wigan, Detective Michael Brennan and the burly Constable Jaggery try to get to the truth of a recently widowed young women who receives psychic gifts, and holds sittings for a select few people, who are all suspects when she receives threatening letters and her aunt is murdered, this is a really enjoyable book set in 1894, which is so well written you can smell the fog and feel the poverty from the time of coal pits and cott ...more
Yvonne Davies
Whilst I have not read any of the other books in the series, I did not have to worry as it worked as a standalone.
Detective Sergeant Brennan had been asked to investigate who was behind a death threat sent to a young widow. What made her special was since her husband died, she had been communicating with the dead.
This was an enjoyable read which I read fairly quickly. Brennan being a Catholic was very sceptical about the paranormal link. However, after there was a murder, he put his own beliefs
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got this as the second of two - only to find here of good reads it is considered the fourth book in the series.

I would say it works perfectly well as a follow-up to Striking Murder - this time there is no strike, although the story starts with a pit-death, and part of the mystery is whether our author, or the protagonist, believe it is possible to speak to the dead, or not...
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Aka Alan Wright

In 2009 A. J. Wright won the 2010 Dundee International Fiction Prize for his Victorian murder mystery Act of Murder. His writing is inspired by his two major interests: all things Victorian and classic works from the Golden Age of crime fiction. He lives near Wigan.

Other books in the series

Lancashire Detective (5 books)
  • Act of Murder (Lancashire Detective, #1)
  • Striking Murder (Lancashire Detective, #2)
  • Elementary Murder (Lancashire Detective, #3)
  • Hanging Murder (A Lancashire Detective Mystery Book 4)