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1967. In a quiet village in the wild lands of the Scottish borders, disgraced academic Cordelia Hemlock is trying to put her life back together. Grieving the loss of her son, she seeks out the company of the dead, taking comfort amid the ancient headstones and crypts of the local churchyard. When lightning strikes a tumbledown tomb, she glimpses a corpse that doesn’t belon ...more
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Published April 1st 2019 by Severn House Digital (first published February 28th 2019)
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Paromjit
David Mark shifts direction from his crime series, to what is primarily a historical espionage mystery,set in the 1960s in the North of England and the small villages of Upper Denton and Gilisland with a local history that goes as far back as Hadrian's Wall. Whilst I found this a great read, I have to admit I love Mark's crime fiction more. The narrative begins in 2010, and two elderly women, Felicity 'Flick' Goose and Cordelia Hemlock are sitting at the bedside of a dying man, trying to get him ...more
Sandy
I finished this a while ago & have been mulling over how I felt about it. And I realized the longer I thought, the more I appreciated the story & how it was told. If (like me) you’re a fan of the author’s Aector McAvoy series, the first thing you need to know is this is a huge departure. Don’t go in expecting thrills & chills. This is a dense & detailed historical read that takes its time.

It begins in the present as 2 elderly women sit vigil at the bedside of a dying man. We hav
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Juli
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit...this book surprised me. I expected a flash-back style crime\murder mystery novel...but got something richer and much more interesting. This is a mystery novel with a touch of espionage, hidden war-time secrets, cover-ups, Nazis, POWs, traitors....and two old women still determined to learn The Truth. Great story!

It all starts when a storm damages a mausoleum in a cemetery in 1967 and Cordelia Hemlock sees a body that shouldn't be there -- the corpse of a man clad in
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Paula
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expected far more from the author of the brilliant McAvoy series.An extra star because the writing is great, as usual. As for the story...
Gram
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a standalone thriller by David Mark, author of the Aector McAvoy crime series.
This strange tale opens with an elderly man lying in bed wracked with pain as two women watch over him. They seem to be waiting for him to reveal a secret. The story switches back to 1967 when those two women - the marvellously named Cordelia Hemlock and Felicity Goose - met in the graveyard of a small North of England town called Gilsland.
Cordelia is still in grief at the death of her young son, wh
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Elaine Tomasso
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House Publishing for a review copy of The Mausoleum, a stand alone novel set in north of England.

When Cordelia and her friend Felicity see a dead body tumble out of a mausoleum they are astonished as the body is recently deceased and the mausoleum is hundreds of years old. When the body subsequently disappears they are determined to investigate, discovering old secrets dating back to the war.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Mausoleum for
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Lesa
David Mark's standalone thriller, The Mausoleum, is a difficult book to discuss. The flap doesn't do it justice, but to reveal too much more will give away the story. At the same time, it was also a difficult book to read, told in alternating chapters by two women, with flash forwards from 1967 to recorded transcripts in 2010. It was not easy to follow the story, but it was compelling, and I ended up ordering the first in the author's police procedural series. All in all, this book is a deceptiv ...more
Joyce
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This story is an unusual one.

It is 1967 and Cordelia Hemlock is still grieving the loss of her two-year old son. She is lying in a graveyard when Felicity Goose happens upon her. (Aren't those great character names?) At first Cordelia is distrusting but then the women become fast friends. While they are talking and trying to run from an oncoming storm, a lightning strike hits a mausoleum. The women see a body that does not belong in the graveyard.

The body then disappears. A
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Hannelore Cheney
Thank you NetGalley and Severn House for the eARC.
THE MAUSOLEUM is one of my favorite books of the year so far, what a terrific read!
Cordelia Hemlock and Felicity (Flick) Goose are at the bedside of a dying man. The year is 2010 and the women are trying to wake the man to question him.
We then go back to 1967 when the two young women meet at a cemetery under odd circumstances and end up becoming great friends.
When they walk home during a torrential downpour lighting strikes a m
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Puzzle Doctor
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark and complex. A rewarding read. Full review at classicmystery.blog
Maranda
This story did not flow nor did the characters evolve into likable beings. Loved the title and was hoping for a cemetery drama. "A copy of this book was provided by Severn House via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." GREAT COVER ART
Mary Picken
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second historical novel by David Mark that I have read and I chose to read it because the first, The Zealot’s Bones, was one of my top reads a couple of years ago.

The Mausoleum is predominantly set in the 1960’s but the events that it recounts relate to an earlier period, during the Second World War.

Felicity Goose is on her way to visit her mother’s grave when she finds Cordelia Hemlock lying on a grave in the cemetery. Gilsland is a small village just south o
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jeff popple
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mausoleum is a slightly unusual crime novel and quite a change for David Mark, who is best known for his DS McAvoy series of police procedurals.

The book opens in 2010 with two old ladies watching an even older man nearing death in a hospital bed. They harshly wake him so that he can answer their questions. The book then moves back to 1967 when the two ladies first meet over a grave in a small village near the Scottish border. Cordelia Hemlock is trying to pull her life back together after a
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Fictionophile
Cordelia Hemlock is living in an English village near Hadrian's Wall named Gilsland. A village which once housed a WWII POW camp. She lives alone in a grand house. She married for convenience, she, because she was pregnant with another man's baby, and her husband, because he was of high social standing and a homosexual. He felt the marriage would camouflage his sexual preference from his bigwig friends and colleagues and thus retain his respectability. He lives in London.

Now Cordelia
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Kath
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another of those books which flit about in time a bit. Sometimes this confuses me but, here, the author does a good, if not perfect, job keeping me on track. We start in 2010 where two old women are sat by the bedside of a dying man trying to get his deathbed confession. We then go back in time to the 60s and witness the first meeting of these women; Felicity (Flick) and Cordelia (Cordie), at a graveyard of all places. Then there's a heavy deluge and, as they are running for cover, light ...more
Jean Kolinofsky
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is not a surprise to find skeletal remains in a mausoleum, but when a tree falls on a mausoleum during a storm the body that is revealed is quite recent. Cordelia Hemlock is still mourning the death of her son when she meets Felicity Goose in the local cemetery. She finds some peace while reading among the graves and Felicity accidentally stumbles on her while carrying flowers for her mother. Caught in the storm that fells the tree, they witness the body among the damage. By the time the stor ...more
Alyson Rhodes
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received an ARC courtesy of Netgalley and the publishers Severn House, for this standalone thriller. The author, David Mark is a new name for me and I asked for this book on the basis of the intriguing synopsis- I did not regret my request. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it in huge gobbling chunks. This is a mix of historical mystery and current day thriller, for the past casts long shadows and reaches out with its deadly tentacles to grab the characters in 2010. The two protagonists, both f
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Sharon
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cordelia and Felicity's story starts in 1967 located in Gilsland, a village in Northern England full of historical castles, a spa and a wall constructed by the Roman army. 

"Stefan had been dead seven months. I don’t think I’d exchanged more than a handful of words with another soul in that time. I wrote letters to family but couldn’t bring myself to read their replies. I gorged myself on food and drink or starved myself as my mood dictated. My face had begun to look unhealthy, like m
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Catherine Edward
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The Mausoleum by David Mark is a chilling tale for mystery lovers.

The story opens with an elderly Cordelia and Felicity, waiting by the bed of an old man, trying to get him talk about something in 2010. Then the plot unfolds with series of flashbacks in the point of view of both Cordelia and Felicity. In the year 1967, the women meet in a graveyard. A sudden rainstorm and a lightning cause a tree to fall over an ancient crypt. The women are shocked to find a corpse that looks fresh as it has be
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Kathleen Gray
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an unusual mystery that veers between 1967 and the present, with a few detours to WWII. Told in the alternating voices of two friends- Flick and Cordelia- it starts with a body in a graveyard. Or was there? There are lots of secrets in the village of Gilsland and there are lots of people who don't want them to come out. Flick and Cordelia come from very different backgrounds but they are best friends. The rural Scottish setting is wonderfully atmospheric. The WWII history (the POW camp) ...more
Astrid
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considering this was done by the author of the Aector McAvoy novels, I was surprised at how different it was. If you read it without knowing who the author is, you'd swear it was written by a woman, because he does such a good job with the two main characters. I actually would like to hear more about the lives of these two very different women who became friends
Amanda Williams
A solid read with a good plot but at times it felt really confusing. Could have done with a more relaxing structure.
JOHN BARLOW
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A John Le Carre style novel by David Mark. Intrigue and spys set in Cumbria. A departure from Marks' normal series but enjoyable in a macabre sense.
Yolanda
It was ok better than expected
Julie Rogers
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it, although I miss Aector.
Jean
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story line; two women find a dead body, which then disappears and they try to find out what happened. The book was a good read.
Bill Berger
A diversion from his Detective series and is an ok read. A little verbose, it finally speeds up about a third of the way through. Far from as intriguing as the other series.
Samuel
Oct 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
not for me.....barely made it to page 60
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
‘1967. In a quiet village in the wild lands of the Scottish borders, disgraced academic Cordelia Hemlock is trying to put her life back together. Grieving the loss of her son, she seeks out the company of the dead, taking comfort amid the ancient headstones and crypts of the local churchyard. When lightning strikes a tumbledown tomb, she glimpses a corpse that doesn’t belong among the crumbling bones. But when the storm passes and the body vanishes, the authorities refuse to believe the claims o ...more
Martina
May 28, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: next-reads
Stand alone from the author of the Aector McAvoy series... I love those books, so this might be a good read.
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