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Murder In The Dark

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  948 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Without a motive, how do you identify the killer?

Imagine a quaint little bookshop. Outside the snow is falling. Inside the shelves are stacked with books by authors waiting to be discovered. What could be better?

When Tilly Edgely lands a position working at Ashton’s bookshop in Cambridge she thinks she’s found her perfect job. But one winter’s morning, when she arrives to
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 12th 2018 by Bloodhound Books
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Linda Strong
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it

One of my favorite settings .... a quaint little bookshop. My favorite season ... winter.

Tilly loves her job working at a small bookshop .. it seems perfect for her. It allows her to save money so she can go to school .. her co-workers are pleasant ... her boss is a nice man to work for.

But this morning when Tilly goes to work, she finds her boss hanging from the ceiling with a rope around his neck.

DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to investigate. The first assumption was suicide, but the det
Alan Cotterell

I have read most of the books written by this author and generally they are pretty good. But for some reason this series doesn't work. .. for me anyway. I gave the first book 4 stars as I thought it had to be better than 3 stars, based on her other work.
I don't really feel any connection or empathy with the characters. Probably just me. If you really enjoyed the first book, you will probably like this one.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: british, mystery, crime
They call him the Hangman.

One morning when Tilly arrives at the bookshop she works in, she finds the owner of the shop hanging from a rope. He is missing a finger.
The police begin their investigations but can’t find any apparent motive for the murder.
When another body is found hanging, it becomes apparent there is a brutal serial killer in town.
But why is the killer targeting these totally different people? Is there a connection between the victims? Who is next?

I loved Pressure by this author,
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Murder In The Dark is a stand alone story and very much a detective/crime novel.

Whilst not a festive read, it is set in the run up to Christmas. You can feel the frustration by the police in having such a high profile case to be working on, especially at a busy time of year as well as the weather being a hindrance. I didn’t envy them one bit!

In the style of most books in this sort of genre, we are taken on a journey on how the police investigate and zone in on a killer. The author does well in k
Misfits farm
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MURDER IN THE DARK by Betsy Reavley.
Tilly is a veterinary student in Cambridge and works in a bookshop in order to fund herself. Her parents live in a small village outside of Ilfracombe so home is a distance away. One morning she arrives at the shop to find the door open. She steps inside, calling out as she goes and is horrified to find the owner of the shop hanging.from a rope. She calls the police who very soon discover that this was not suicide.DCI Barrett and his team are on the case which
Morgan Schulman
I received an advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review. So this author is doing police procedurals now, instead of her weird, twisted thrillers . This one is perfectly good, but I miss the weirdness of some of her earlier work. Solid police mystery – nothing really out of the ordinary – fine if that's your thing but nothing to necessarily recommend it ...more
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Bloodhound Books for this arc.

This one looked to be right up my alley. Maybe it's me... but it just didn't work. For a short book these days (less than 250 pages), it took me forever to get through it. Like eight never unending hours... Could be I had been out way past my bedtime the previous night (another interminable holiday party in yet another unheated venue.... always a challenge to coordinate a party dress with long underwear). I just didn't hold my attention. I ju
CD {Boulder Blvd}
The writing never pulled me in, it just plodded along. The characters weren't really interesting, got annoyed by the going nowhere interest one officer had for another(why even go there?), and the murderer was easily identified way way early. ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the storyline, it kept me engaged and entertained throughout, but at the same time I felt that some parts of the storyplot were a little weak in places. Some of the events that took place seemed to fall into place a little bit too easily, there was no suspense or anticipated lead up to them.

Having said that, I do read a lot crime thrillers which is what I was expecting when I read this  and so what I've said above is probably me being overly critical and I should probably make it very c
Patricia Dixon
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My perfect read.

Murder In The Dark - My perfect kind of read.
The story is set Cambridge just before Christmas where the author evoked picturesque images of snowy streets in a beautiful city - and then came the murders.
The police team were interesting, a younger officer juggling work and family while his senior was facing the prospect of being alone for Christmas. What also appealed was that within the investigation I didn’t get too bogged down with police procedure, the author gets on with tel
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say I loved this book fro, start to finish but it hooked me part way through and never let me know. I didn't see the end coming which is always a bonus. I will read more by this author. ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murder In The Dark by Betsy Reavley

This book was my first read in 2019 and it was immediately 5⭐ read!

Murder In The Dark is part of DCI Barrett and DI Palmer series but stands as a single novel too. This time the detectives must soleve a murder in a bookstore. Young employee called Tilly finds her manager dead in the bookstore one morning. At the begging she thinks that it's a suicide but detectives know straight away that it was a murder as there is a missing finger on his hand and he is hangin
J.A. Baker
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder in the Dark is a really good cozy mystery set in wintertime, a perfect read for those cold evenings ahead. I didn't guess the identity of the murderer until the final few pages. There were lots of twists and turns I didn't see coming! Would recommend this to fans of cozy crime thrillers. ...more
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second in series to feature DCI Barrett and DI Palmer but can be read as a stand alone something I can say without a doubt as I’ve yet to read the first!

It’s the run up to Christmas and the body of Dennis Wade, owner of Ashton’s Bookshop, is found hanging from the rafter inside his shop by young employee Tilly Edgely. It’s quickly discovered that it’s not suicide but murder but why would anyone want to kill a respectable bookshop owner?

Barrett and Palmer are tasked to investigate bu
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i wish they still had little bookshop ...Virginia doesn't have them where i live??! what fun they use to be. very engaging read. well written, great characters, curious where it would head??! mystery. i am kind of shocked at how little reviews are on this read? such a great read. i am new to this author, Betsy will be one i check out more from soon enough! right now is a perfect time to check it out ... set in the wintertime. cozy crime thriller. twists and turns ... if that floats your boat? ...more
Audrey Gibson
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant read by this author, it certainly kept me on my toes throughout. I loved the characters, very likeable and hope there is more to come from Barrett, Palmer and the team. I highly recommend this book, huge 5 stars.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
One fateful day, Tilly, a veterinary student in Cambridge goes to the bookshop she works at to open for the day. Inside, she finds the owner of the shop, her boss, hanging and clearly dead. She calls the police, who (unlike Tilly) realize that this was not suicide and begin their investigation right away.

While the investigation goes on, we spend a lot more time with Tilly and her coworkers as well as the family of Dennis Wade than you do i
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tilly didn’t expect to find her boss hanging when she arrived to work. The police detectives soon realise that the position of the body meant this wasn’t a suicide. The murderer taunts the police with another body and a mysterious trail begins as they piece information together.

This is my first time reading a book by this author and I spent a cold wintery afternoon reading this one, and it was in one sitting, so that kind of gives you an idea of how much I liked it. I really enjoyed this style o
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read one of Betsy’s previous books and I really enjoyed it. I also have a few of her books on my ever increasing ‘to be read’ mountain but I just haven’t got round to it yet. ‘Murder In The Dark’ is the second in the series featuring DCI Barrett and DI Palmer. The first book was called ‘Murder At The Book Club’ and it was released earlier this year.
I loved the wide range of characters in this story. Each was different from the other. It soon becomes clear that most of them are keeping sec
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
An absorbing and intriguing murder mystery, MURDER IN THE DARK by Betsy Reavley had all the components to keep me hooked to the very end.

Tilly Edgely has the perfect job in the nicest bookstore in Cambridge and with Christmas on the way, everything seems to be going swimmingly. That is until she arrives at work one morning to find her boss dead. With DCI Barrett and DI Palmer on the case, they are sure that they will uncover this twisted killer and soon but when the body count begins to rise wit
Sheila Howes
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tilly Edgley goes to work one morning in the lead up to Christmas. Unfortunately for her, she finds her boss hanging from the ceiling. It's another case for DCI Barrett and DI Palmer. But with no obvious motive, they find themselves at a loss, and soon another body is found....

This is the second in the DCI Barrett and DI Palmer, and it can easily be read as a standalone. However I recommend picking up the first (Murder at the Book Club) as well as they are both good reads.

The plot is really grip
Donna Maguire

I loved this story!!

It is well written, it was an addictive story and had some fabulous characters – everything I’ve now come to expect in a book from this author!

The plot was intriguing and I was hooked from the outset, the setting was great and it worked really well with the story. There was plenty to keep me guessing as the book progressed and it certainly made for a very enjoyable read. The attention to detail was superb and it a perfect read for this
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-liked, 2018
This was my second book by Betsy Reavley. The first one was The Opticians wife and it is one of my favorite books. I expected this one to be like that one but it was a little different. To me, this seemed more like a slow burner. If I had my time back, I would have waiting until after the holidays when I could sit for a good chunk of time and just really take it all in. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this book and will definitely keep reading this authors work but for me personally, timing is e ...more
Sue Wallace
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder in the Dark by Betsy Reavley.
This was a fantastic read I loved the story. Had no clue who it could be. Very cryptic. I had no idea who it was until it was revealed. Didn't want this book to finish. 5*. Highly recommended.
Jacqui Huntley
Other reviewers called this a cosy detective which, I suppose it is if by that they mean a detective story with no horrendously gruesome, gory, details. That's fine by me too. As such the story is believable, not complex but, equally, not so obvious that the perpetrator is known from page 10. It flows well. However it lacks depth as do the characters. I have no idea what they look like or any other details other than the pleasingly normal marriages that the two detectives seem to share. The othe ...more
jackie nixon
I have read better mysteries

The solution was not that believable -could have done more to make it a better read if not just getting to the killer in the last chapter.
Sharon Rimmelzwaan
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a cracking read! What begins with a terrible crime which, is seemingly, without motive, soon starts twisting and turning in all ways. Betsy has done it again! Delivered a story which ticks all the boxes! The characters are so believable.Here's to hoping there is another book and this os the start to a new series. ...more
Jeannie Huie
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OUTSTANDINGLY well-written book! Such a thrilling experience! Marvelous!!!
Val Penny
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished Murder in the Dark by one of my favourite authors, Betsy Reavley. The story is set in and around Cambridge, England and I did enjoy the descriptions and nods to the area, as well as the tense plot.

The story begins when Tilly Edgely arrives to open up the bookshop where she works and discovers the body of her boss suspended from the ceiling, hanging by a rope around his neck. He was a lovely man, quiet, worked hard, played golf and ran the local scout troup, so who would have
Judith Baxter
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tilly Edgely, a veterinary student in Cambridge has the best job to help cover her expenses. But when she arrives at Ashton's Bookshop to open up on that cold, snowing morning, she is totally unprepared for what faces her - her boss hanging from a rope.

The police quickly determine that this is not suicide but murder.  DCI Barrett, DI Palmer and the team begin the investigation,, initially directing their focus on family members and the bookshop staff. Mrs Wade the widow, is shattered by the loss
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Betsy Freeman Reavley is the author of Beneath the Watery Moon and A Worm in the Bottle. Carrion, her latest psychological thriller will be released in November 2014.
She was born in Hammersmith, London.
As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young ag

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