Author – M.C. Beaton
M.C. BEATON (1936-2019) was the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Agatha Raisin novels — the basis for the hit show on Acorn TV and public television — as well as the Hamish Macbeth series and the Edwardian Murder Mysteries featuring Lady Rose Summer. Known as the “Queen of Crime” (The Globe and Mail), she was born in Scotland and started her career writing historical romances under several pseudonyms as well as her maiden name, Marion Chesney.
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Publisher – Hachette
Pages – 233
The Blurb –
The team of bells at St. Ethelred church is the pride and glory of the idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna, together with the most dedicated bell ringers in the whole of England: the twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin.
As the village gets ready for the Bishop’s visit, the twins get overly-excited at the prospect of ringing the special peal of bells created for the occasion and start bullying the other bell ringers, forcing them to rehearse and rehearse . . . so much so that Joseph Kennell, a retired lawyer, yells at the sisters that he ‘felt like killing them’!
When the twins’ home is broken into one night and Millicent is found dead, struck from a hammer blow, suspicion falls onto the lawyer.
Will Agatha unmask the real killer and clear Joseph’s name?
My thoughts – I have followed this series faithfully as I am always keen to find out what Agatha and the rest of the characters in this series are up to.
The visit of Bishop to the village of Thirk Magna brings all the ladies flocking, so of course Agatha, always looking for her happy ever after, goes to see what the fuss is about.
Also in attendance are the local bell ringers who have been made to practice and practice , by the Dupin twins. They too have their sights set on the Bishop and will make sure nothing stands in their way.
Agatha again finds herself in the middle of the events when a dead body is found. Alongside the drama, Agatha and Charles struggle with their relationship.
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