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Marriage Can Be Murder

(Dr Benjamin Bones Mysteries)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,154 ratings  ·  191 reviews
On the eve of World War II, Dr. Benjamin Bones is at war with himself. While most young men are being sent away to fight the Germans, Ben is chosen to serve on English soil. Ordered to move to wild, beautiful Cornwall, he must trade his posh London office and stylish city life for the tiny village of Birdswing, population 1,221 souls. But leaving his home and shelving his ...more
Kindle Edition, 2018 edition, 282 pages
Published November 2nd 2014 by Lyonnesse Books
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Review written January 3, 2016

3.8 Stars - Okeydokey and jolly good. My "new" audiobook love is maybe cozy mystery (crimance) novels. This was another very amusing treat

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Yay, I might have found my new book craving
Marriage Can Be Murder is yet again an historical cozy mystery audiobook in my taste. This time a 8 hours early World War II set and nicely developed adventure in a small Cornwall village. Very pleasant narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies (who I recognize from some M/M romances).

Chrissy Dyer
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this Mystery book better than Sherlock Holmes. A lot of twists and turns and keeps you guessing, love it!
Pamela Mclaren
Can you say that a charming cozy mystery is still a good read? Because Emma Jameson has created one such with "Marriage Can Be Murder."

Call me a sucker for historical stories but this one was set on the eve of World War II as Dr. Benjamin Bones travels to a small village where he will serve as physician. Traveling with him his wife, who he has found to not be suited to being the wife of a country doctor. I brief stop during the notorious blackouts of that period ends badly for the wife — who is
Stacie  Haden
Right up my alley! A solid historical mystery with realistic, intelligent main characters and a few good doses of humor. I'll be reading the other series by Emma Jameson, as well. The first of her other series, has been waiting in my kindle for at least a year. I didn't know what I was missing.
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted a copy of 'Marriage can be Murder' by Emma Jameson, in exchange for an honest review.

I started reading 'Marriage can be Murder' unsure with what I'll be getting, as this was my first book from Emma Jameson. I couldn't put the book down, wanting... NEEDING to know.... This story was filled with suspense, leaving me guessing until the very end... There were times when I thought I'd figured out the WHO & WHY, but boy was I wrong, I never would have guessed even with all the details
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wartime
I liked this, but sadly not as much as I hoped I would. For some reason I didn't get the 'feel' of it being early wartime - even though there were all the wartime 'bits' - the ARP Warden the blackouts, etc

And the annoying thing is that I don't quite know why !

The writing is lovely and some of the characters are really detailed and engaging but somehow it didn't 'gel' with me.

I will put it aside and give it another go later on - maybe it's just me. (probably is, as this has some wonderful
Took me long enough to read this book. It's not my "go-to" genre, so I guess it has a lot to do with this fact. I"m not "used" to reading Mysteries, especially not Historical ones. I enjoyed it. Both MC - Dr Ben Bones and Lady Juliet Linton were smart and entertaining. I really wished for something to happen between them but it only shows how many romance novels I've been reading, trying to "hook up" any couple I can find :) I gotta say the Mystery was much more complex than I thought would be. ...more
Christy Wilson
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of mysteries, and this one did not disappoint.

The book is set in England in 1939 during WWII. Dr. Benjamin Bones and his wife, Penny, who are on the verge of divorce, are being sent to her hometown of Birdswing due to the war, and how the government is working to have doctors in practical locations so no town goes without.

Penny feels that this will help their marriage, but Ben is thinking on the drive there that nothing can save it. Their car breaks down and again, due to the war,
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a couple of Emma Jameson's Lord Hetheridge mystery series and liked them well enough, but this new book of hers is head and shoulders above her detective series.
Dr. Benjamin Bones and his wife, Penny - who is not a very nice person - are sent to a small village in Cornwall for the duration of WWII. The very night they arrive, a truck deliberately runs them both down, killing Penny and breaking both of Ben's legs.
Welcome to Cornwall.
Dr. Bones recovers with the help of the villagers -
Debby "Piene Raven"
Hmmm Emma Jameson, never heard of her but now have and truly loved this first in the series "Marriage Can Be Murder". This was quite a surprise for me as I thought it was going to be headed in another direction, however fooled me and had me wanting to finish the story.

This author is on my list and I look forward to reading other books in this series and from this author.

Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really know what to expect from this book when I first started. In the end, I'm super glad that I read this book because it was absolutely amazing. it was real page-turner and the plot kept me hooked until the very end. I haven't read that many mysteries lately but I have to say, this has to be one of the best ones I've ever read. I also liked the characters a lot, especially Dr. Bones and Lady Juliet. They were just speaking to me. But I recommend this book to everybody ...more
Daniella Bernett
A delightful new mystery series from the talented Emma Jameson set in a small Cornish village. Dr. Ben Bones is a likable character and his interactions with Lady Juliet are entertaining. Their differences, as well as their intelligent repartee, propel the story forward. The village's other colorful characters only serve to enhance the story. I'm looking forward to "Divorce Can Be Deadly," the second book.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining beginning to a series in the early days of WWII. Some of the characters are feisty and memorable while others are just a tad strange. As soon as the term "Chain Home" was mentioned, I knew what the secret was, but since that came nearly at the end, it didn't matter. Will be interested in reading other stories in the series.
Nancy Hammons
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, there was no swearing, well just "Bloody Hell" twice, but other than that it was a clean, fun semi-serious murder mystery. Even though it's book 1 in a series it's a stand alone story, begun and solved in one. One of my favorite characters was Mrs. Cobblepot, Dr. Bones' "new" housekeeper, she was funny and caring, I hope she continues in the rest of the books.
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Read

The author's mechanics were good, especially in descriptions of people in their comings and goings. The author created some spectacular characters. The main male character was 5'8" while the lead female was 6'3", and there was a definite spark between them. This whodunit was mildly entertaining, but I did not really care about the murder victims or their killers. The book was set in England in 1939, but the war had little to do with the storyline.

Thank you, Ms. Jameson, for the read.
This was a good one! A few minor editing blips, but otherwise an easy read with a very good mystery. 4.5*
Interesting, likable characters, decent plot. I'm going on to the 2nd book.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, crime
A solid 4-star book.

Instead of heading off to fight in World War II, young doctor Benjamin Bones has been ordered to move to a sleepy Cornish town whose last doctor recently died. The town is also coincidentally where his wife, Penny, was born and raised, and they've barely set foot in town before the pair of them are brutally run down by a lorry in the dark. Penny is killed - Ben is essentially crippled with both legs broken. And now he needs to not only recover in this sleepy little town, but
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read, and an interesting collection of characters. I particularly liked the very unstereotypical heroine Lady Juliet and am looking forward to reading more about her in subsequent novels. There was a (small) supernatural element which I found unnecessary and kind of jarring with the style of the rest of the novel, but overall it's very much a cozy mystery with likeable characters and a charming setting.
Sarah Madison
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read some of Emma Jameson's other works (The Lord Hetheridge series) and thoroughly enjoyed them, so I fully expected that this book would follow in the same vein with well-plotted mysteries, engaging characters, and an engrossing storyline. Marriage Can Be Murder did not disappoint! Not only did it feel like opening a time capsule into the Golden Age of Mystery with a psychological puzzle comparable to the best Agatha Christie or Ngaio Marsh, but Jameson took it one better. Truly ...more
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a terrific English 1939 cozy. I laughed out loud in places, rooted for the townspeople, loved Dr Bones and Lady Juliet and cannot wait for the second book in this new series. For a minute there, I was afraid it was going to go off in the wacky direction of ghosts and mysticism, which I normally am ok with, but HERE it just didn't seem right. It stopped short of kooky. Still, I loved the setting, the characters ( definitely) and anxiously await Book 2.
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 stars for plot, 5 for dialogue + characters

This series is quite different from Jameson's other English mystery set, though I enjoy it too. I think it's the period setting that allows her to write so much witty dialogue and create characters like Lady Julia (whom I kept picturing looking like Chummy from "Call the Midwife"). I look forward to book two.
Becky Almon
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1930s fun mystery

Reading this reminded me of seeing old comedy/romantic mystery movies of the 30s and 40s.lcanpictureLady Juliet played by Rosalind Russell and Dr. Bones by someone like John Mills. I look forward to the next adventure.
R.A. Forde
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book. I thought the characters were engaging, and the plot sufficiently interesting. However, some of the names were a bit pantomime (is anyone really called Cobblepot?) and some of the characters appeared to be a long way from home (McGregors in Cornwall?). That does impair credibility a little.

But the main things that prevented me from giving it a higher rating were Americanisms and inaccuracies. Americanisms in the narrative are fine if the book was intended for an American
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2,5 stars.

It was an ok read, the crime plot was ok, but not exactly earth-shaking. It was more or less clear from a certain point on, at least partly who was responsible.

What I didn't like was the mystic element - it felt forced and obsolete, it didn't add to the story at all.

Ben is an ok protag, but a bit pale and uninteresting. A little too good. There could have been much more depth to him, but the story didn't really give him much colour.

The other characters were a mixed lot.

I have to say,
Jan Vickery
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the two main characters, Dr. Bones and Juliet Linton (Bolivar) and the friendship that developed between them. Set in wartime England, this is a cozy mystery full of questioning and investigation as you would expected, but there is also a bit of the supernatural as a ghost appears to both main characters to add clues and help in the search for the murderer. I was happily reading along and suddenly the ending turned "spy thriller intrigue". This sort of threw me off--hence the four ...more
Donn Headley
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This intriguing mystery story's greatest strength is the setting, both in place and time. The author deftly captures the atmosphere and culture of World War II-era Britain, specifically Cornwall. While I certainly enjoyed the unfolding of the mystery, I was a bit surprised and disappointed with the (unnecessary?) introduction of a supernatural element into the proceedings. These curious occult events had too much of a "deus ex machina" feel to them, popping up just in time when vital clues or ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fun read. Pathos, drama, mystery, plus glamour, itty-bitty romance, and a dash of humor here and there. Dr. Ben Bones (I almost heard him say "Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a sleuth!") is an unlikely hero, a doctor in England's WWII Cornwall already in the midst of blackouts and anticipation of bombing by Nazi warplanes. Lady Juliet is anything but a "damsel in distress" as she elbows her way into every nook and cranny of the search for the murderer of Ben's wife. The pretty ...more
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