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Winter, snow, murder - and a centuries-dead suspect.

In the chilly depths of a Yorkshire winter, a well-liked rector is found bludgeoned to death in her own church. With no sign of a murder weapon, local superstition quickly pins the blame on the ghost of a medieval monk believed to haunt the building...

Well accustomed to unusual murder investigations, DCI Jim Oldroyd takes on the case, along with his assistant, Sergeant Andy Carter, but they are hampered at every turn by the deepening snow and the threat of the supernatural. Even as possible motives and opportunities begin to reveal themselves, Oldroyd struggles to find a better suspect than the hooded phantom.

Has Oldroyd really found himself in the midst of a Gothic ghost story, or is there a very real killer at large? Spectre or otherwise, it soon becomes apparent that the murderer is not yet finished. And, for Oldroyd, it’s about to become personal...

©2021 J. R. Ellis (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing , Inc., all rights reserved.

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not spooky

Saying the word "spooky" over and over does not create a spooky atmosphere. Author is trying to set us up to feel a dark, mysterious atmosphere but telling us what to feel is a lot different than creating atmosphere through description. One chapter in and we've been entertained with the joke "can't put handcuffs on a ghost" twice.

Writers of contemporary mysteries could easily learn proper dialogue for police questioning. This writer didn't bother. The formula for a mystery is here but lazily implemented.

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Ghosts and murderers in the old church!

The books in this series have a great twist where they are usually impossible murders that have ties to old legents, myths, books and maps. It gives them an old-fashioned, rural feel even though the stories are contemporary. Detective Oldroyd is the perfect inspector for the job since he has a love of old literature and Yorkshire history and loves to dig into the facts and solve puzzling mysteries. Murder in St. Anne's has ties to ghost story writer MR James with a supposed ghostly monk killing people in gruesome but impossible ways around the St. Anne's church. As usual with a British cozy mystery, there are lots of colorful characters, each with a potential motive for killing the others. The plot is people driven rather than evidence driven. At least the number of suspects is narrowed down when people start dying! The dark, cold and nasty winter weather sets a nice stage for a haunted, ancient church mystery and Oldroyd's relationship with his dedicated team of detectives and his eccentric boss add to the depth and authenticity of the story. I always get the audible version of his books because the narration by Michael Page is spot-on perfect. He does all the voices very well and you can tell who is speaking. I look forward to the book 7, although JR Ellis always makes us wait too long!

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Barb SEZ

First Ellis book I've read. Not great but eminently readable. Will definitely read another! I read a variety of books until I received my degree in English Literature but for the past 50 years or so all I've read mysteries, thrillers,some science fiction and Georgette H. books.

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okay

The book was generally okay. but I could have done without the preaching about misogyny and homophobia at the end. That's not what I was looking for in a book. not interested.

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Author Has Turned a Corner . . . Not a Good One

The first six books in this series were stellar . . . then, boom . . . this one is a bomb. The premise sounded so good. And it could've been. But it lacks mystery and tension. Instead it is filled with the author's agenda throughout. If it had been mentioned once or twice, fine . . . but it became THE story. It became what was discussed between the people in the book, instead of the suspects or the investigation. The story lacks the atmospheric flavor of the first six books, the mystery and the lead up to finding the killer. I will think twice before I get another J. R. Ellis book. 😕

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One of my favorites

This is a fun series of books, and I love all the characters. I look forward to the next one. the narration is wonderful as well.

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  • 01-18-22

Typical type of whodunit

Easy story to listen to . The plot was quite stereotypical. Some of the description was good and evoked a scene in the readers mind well.
I'd probably read this author again ,but not in any hurry to.e

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  • Vixanne
  • 01-17-22

Another brilliant instalment!

Always well read, well written and great characters! And as always I look forward to the next…..

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  • Carole mc kechnie
  • 01-09-22

The murder of Rachel the first.minister of StAnne

I am looking to. Recvied the next ☝It's was excellent read could not put it down fab.

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  • Pol
  • 01-03-22

Brilliant!

One of my favourite authors and a fantastic book! I started this series by reading it but have stopped so I can listen instead!

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  • Pauline Colsey
  • 12-29-21

A rant!

I just wanted a good whodunnit to read over the Christmas period. What I got was a continuing rant about the supposedly unfair treatment of women in the Church and attitudes to homosexuality and it spoiled the book for me. Didn't even finish it as in the end I simply didn't care whodunnit. Very disappointing, the Authors previous books I have enjoyed.

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  • Kym Mitchell
  • 12-24-21

Brilliant

Great narration and story line as always.
Can't wait for the next book.
Brilliant.

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  • john reddington
  • 12-24-21

Propaganda

I’ve enjoyed the other books in this series but I can’t say I’ve enjoyed this one. Too much propaganda.

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  • SirMoBotRio16
  • 12-17-21

Well worth waiting for

Love this series of books, narrator has a good range of ability to portray the characters, loved the conclusion.

Here's to the next Oldroyd book

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  • Micky
  • 01-17-22

Churches need reforming

I really enjoyed this book and the underlying reason of the killers motive and how they need to embrace change and accept all walks of life just as Jesus did

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 12-08-21

Very ordinary

Oh dear this is so slow so dull so BEIGE
NO excitement it just doesn’t pull you in. The narrator Michael Page has a great voice but the writing is so bad listening becomes tedious. Don’t bother.