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Hushed in Death

(Inspector Lamb #3)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  25 reviews
In the spring of 1942, with the war in Europe raging, a gruesome murder shocks the rural community of Marbury, where a once-grand estate called Elton House has been transformed into a hospital for “shell-shocked” officers sent back from the front lines. When Detective Chief Inspector Lamb arrives to solve the case, he quickly learns that the victim, Elton House's gardener ...more
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Pegasus Books
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The Crime Librarian
Hushed In Death features Inspector Lamb, along with his daughter Vera, as they work to solve the murder of a not-so-well-liked gardener at a hospital for recovering soldiers while their country is still in the midst of a war. Lamb is up against a large list of suspects and roadblocks of lies that will test his patience and his cunning detective skills.

I had previously read the first in this series featuring Inspector Lamb a couple of years ago when I checked it out from my local library and put
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Inspector Lamb sets out to solve a murder. His daughter is a constable, serving as his driver, and helps the others with the investigation. The present murder seems connected to one the took place aboard a ship. The writing is weak. The sense of time and place lacks development. The character development is strong on most major characters but not quite to the level it needs to be on a few. I received an advance electronic galley from the publisher through NetGalley with the expectation of an hon ...more
Literary Soirée
I so wanted to love this third book in the Inspector Lamb Mystery Series. The setting and time period — rural England during 1942 — drew me, but there were too many plot convolutions and undeveloped characters. 3 of 5 Stars

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine. Pub Date 06 Nov 2018.
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Bill Kelly
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third DCI Thomas Lamb book, set in 1942 England, finds the inspector investigating the murder of Joseph Lee. Lee was the caretaker at Elton House, a manor house now converted to an experimental private clinic dedicated to treating English military personnel suffering from shell shock. As in the first two entries in the series, The Language of the Dead and The Wages of Desire, Lamb is assisted in his investigations by his daughter Vera, her romantic interest DS David Wallace and Harry Rivers, ...more
Jill Meyer
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crimes like murder, extortion, and blackmail don't take a break during wartime. Of course, police on the home front are often short-staffed as war often turns policemen into soldiers. In American author Stephen Kelly's "Hushed in Death", the third book in his Inspector Thomas Lamb series, Lamb and his men become involved in a very complicated plot, set in 1941, beginning with a simple murder.

Lamb is a Chief Inspector in southern England, based in Winchester. A man is found dead in a pond and Lam
The Library Lady
As the robots on "Mystery Science Theater 3000," might say. "This is like "Foyle's War." But it isn't very good."

The characters here have different relationships, but what you still have is a police inspector, his female driver, and a wounded policeman. There is nothing new here, nothing fresh, and Kelly doesn't have a feel for 1940s language. Go watch "Foyle's War" instead--watch it again if you have already seen it. Read Jacqueline Winspear's "Maisie Dobbs" books--Maisie annoys me, but Winspea
Michael Dunn
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Way under the level of the first two books. Needn't have been set in WWII, never reallly plays a part in the story. Could have been set in any time. Not all that interesting of a story as well. Probably won't continue the series.
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Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The discovery of a body floating in a pond brings DCI Thomas Lamb and his team to Elton House, a mansion transformed to a recuperative center for "shell-shocked" soldiers during World War 2.
Lamb soon learns Joseph Lee, the house gardener, was not a well-liked man and there are a few too many with a motive for wanting him dead. Among the suspects is Alan Fox, an artist with a prickly temper who'd earlier brawled with Lee after an argument over the daughter of the local publican. Lamb has barely l
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm still in summer-reading mode, so want something that I can just sort of settle into and not think about too much. I read the previous two books already this summer and liked them well enough. This one was fine--lots of plot twists like the previous two books.

I love British mysteries and read a lot of them. Classic authors such as Sayers, Tey, Allingham, and Christie as well as contemporary authors such as Crombie, Hill, Graham, McGown, and Robinson. There has always been something about thi
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in this particular series, but the first I've read. I like British mysteries and police procedurals as well, so this ticked those two boxes. It was set in Hampshire (where I live) during WW II but there is only a little reference to it in respect of the year (1942), that there was an air raid over Southampton towards the end, and some references to ex-soldiers in a sanitorium and the main characters' roles in WWI.

It moved along quite steadily and was easy to engage with, although I fou
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hushed in Death is an old-fashioned country mystery featuring a bunch of likeable policeman and quirky villagers and of course a bunch of up-to-no-gooders, one or more of which might be involved not only with the murders but a range of other sinister onfoings. The whole setting is reminiscent of Agatha Christie and it happily plods along. We’ve got a few murders, a lot of detecting without the help of any technology, , and a lot of turns and coincidences, secrets from the past and family scandal ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-lit
It starts off with an incredibly spartan style of storytelling, and as a result if felt like I was reading a court transcript in the early going. Luckily, with the arrival of a few more characters and the expansion to other locations, this murder mystery picked up considerably. It feels very much like a prose adaptation of any number of British television mystery shows; that's definitely not a criticism, but I would have loved to have had more characters such as starving writer/snake owner Brand ...more
Cindy Ladensack
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do like this series, the way that the feelings and small dramas among the police officers (particularly the father-daughter relationship) are drawn alongside the central mystery. This book was a bit slower, maybe not quite as compelling as the others in this series— in places the writing seemed a bit like it was veering towards telling rather than showing. And I did figure out some of the mystery. But still a fan of the characters and the series.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The third book in the Inspector Lamb series brings a previous death (murder?) into the present. The Inspector has to solve a current murder in order to determine what happened in the past. The development of the characters is increasing and we find out more about the Inspector, his daughter and his team of investigators. I've enjoyed this series so far and hopefully there will be more.
Margaret Lewis
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The more I read about England during the war, the more fascinated I become with the time period. This is my first Inspector Lamb mystery. Will definitely try the earlier books.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
William Hogan
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have become addicted to these characters. I look forward to the next one. Had read book one some time ago, not realizing he'd written 2 more.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I continue to enjoy Kelly's stories and writing style. There's nothing especially unique about it but the characters are interesting and the mysteries are fun.
Doug Murphy
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A good rural English police procedural with the solid characters and a World War II background
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Strong procedural-better than the previous one in this series.
Stephen C. Smerker
A compelling story

As a previous reviewer noted the author still uses “meters “ instead of the English system. How ever the mystery is very compelling.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hushed in Death is a good read and in need of proofreading - Kindle edition.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This mystery had a lot going for it, but never really took off the way I had hoped it would. The premise is brilliant, the characters are interesting—but it's good, not great, reading.
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I've always loved reading good mystery novels, especially those from the English masters -- Conan Doyle, Dame Agatha, Colin Dexter, Peter Robinson and others. I'm also a huge fan of the Norwegian crime novelist, Karin Fossum. Before turning to writing fiction with a vengeance, though, I was, for nearly thirty years, a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist. My work has appeared in the Baltimore ...more

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