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Murder at the Ashmolean

(Museum Mysteries #3)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  5 reviews
1895. A senior executive at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is found in his office with a bullet hole between his eyes, a pistol discarded close by. The death has officially been ruled as suicide by local police, but with an apparent lack of motive for such action, the museum’s administrator, Gladstone Marriott, suspects foul play. With his cast-iron reputation for ...more
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Published July 18th 2019 by Allison & Busby
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Bill Hobbs
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Murder at the Ashmolean" by Max Hunter promises to be the first in a series of mysteries set in museums in the 1950s, according to Hunter’s publisher.
No. 1 features the classicist sleuth Robert Spens and his assistant Henrietta Cave, as Hunter has selected the venerable (and one of this reader's favorite museums) Ashmolean in Oxford, certainly a grand (and inspiring) setting.
But the book is a mystery thriller, not a museum guide! Spens spent much of World War II as an undercover agent in
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This one has enough references to previous details that it's really necessary to read the series in order.

I wasn't sure about whether I cared if this might be the final book at one point; it was filling time, but the plot just wasn't grabbing me. However, there are a couple more forthcoming titles, which I intend to read. Problem may have been that these were seeming a bit like modern characters in a Victorian setting I suppose. The Oxford police inspector was such a cool guy that it's a shame
Ginny Gibbs
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
It’s rare for me to start a book and not finish it. It’s even rarer for me to start a book, finish two other books in a day each, and read the first one a few chapters at a time.

Finally, I ended up skipping to the end, something I almost never do with mysteries. The characters are engaging enough but a bit anachronistic, the dialogue labors to be arch, and the setting mentions just enough local color to be “Oxford-y” without really giving the reader an immersive experience.

Full disclosure: I’ve
Charlotte Gallagher
I love this book series, excited for the next!
Wendy A
Feb 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Didn't waste my time after the first few chapters.
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Jim Eldridge is the author of many books for children, including titles in the My Story series, the Warpath books, and How to Handle Grown-Ups. He has had 250 TV scripts broadcast in the UK and internationally for children's and teen television, and is also the creator and writer of Radio 4's long-running comedy-drama series, King Street Junior.

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