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Constable on the Hill by Nicholas Rhea
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This book was the first title in Nicholas Rhea's Constable series, which inspired the largely successful TV series Heartbeat. It is based on the author's own experience as a village constable in the North York Moors. The author passed away in 1919.

First in a series, this book introduces Constable Nick Rhea and his wife, Mary, and their three young kids. It is the 60's and Rhea has been posted to a small village filled with little major crime and quirky residents. His job covers just about anything and everything as he is the only policeman there.

Nick's cases run the gamut from an escape artist in the name of a donkey .... a naked woman running through the middle of town ... even a pack of wolves hanging around the bus station.

I especially liked his stories concerning animals .. domestic animals such as dogs, goats, cattle, horses, donkeys, pigs and sheep and the more exotic animals (generally courtesy of the zoo when they escape .... deer, badgers, foxes, hares, even a kangaroo or two and a camel here and there.

The residents are a hoot. Some are quirky, some are friendly, some are not so sure about the new constable ... after all, it takes being a resident many years to be accepted as one of them. There are store owners, craftsmen, and it's a place where everyone knows what everyone is doing.

Highly entertaining, I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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

March 4, 2020 – Started Reading
March 4, 2020 – Shelved
March 4, 2020 – Shelved as: netgalley-2020
March 4, 2020 – Shelved as: read-in-2020
March 4, 2020 – Finished Reading

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