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The Manor House Murder by Joyce Cato
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bookshelves: netgalley-2019, read-in-2019

Please note this book was first published as “AN UNHOLY SHAME” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

There's a huge church conference in the area and Vicar Graham Noble has been asked to speak at one or two of the seminars as it is taking place in his backyard, so to speak. Attendees are coming from a large area and consists of vicars, bishops, all types of clergy.

Female cleric, Celia Gordon, attends the nightly dinner, only this time she falls to the floor, grabbing her throat. She is rushed to the hospital where she dies ... of peanut allergy.

Chief Superintendent Jason Dury is called to investigate. He rapidly discovers it is a case of murder .... and Vicar Graham Noble is his prime suspect. He was seen eating peanuts earlier that day.

Celia Gordon was not well liked and there were several who had a motive for wanting her dead. She had made a play for Noble, and his wife was not pleased ... an eminent bishop ...an archdeacon opposed to female clergy ... the wife of a man she had a previous affair with .... and a man she accuses of another crime ... or is there another motive no one knows about?

With law enforcement considers her husband for the death. Monica must once again go looking for the killer herself in order to clear her husband's name. Once again, she finds herself over her head and in danger of losing her own life.

Though third in this series, this is easily read as a stand alone. I would recommend starting at the beginning for a little of the back story of Monica's relationships with her husband and with Jason Dury. The crime is puzzling and well thought out. I really enjoy how all the characters interact with each other. It's like a small village filled with unique, sometimes quirky, people who know everything that goes on.

Many thanks to the author / Joffe Books / Books n All Promotions / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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Reading Progress

October 29, 2019 – Started Reading
October 30, 2019 – Shelved
October 30, 2019 – Shelved as: netgalley-2019
October 30, 2019 – Shelved as: read-in-2019
October 30, 2019 – Finished Reading

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