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Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire
A Betty Church Mystery Book 1
M. R. C. Kasasian
Spieldauer: 14 Std. und 5 Min.
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Inspector Betty Church - one of the few female officers on the force - has arrived from London to fill a vacancy at Sackwater police station. But Betty isn't new here. This is the place she grew up. Time ticks slowly in Sackwater. Having solved the case of the missing buttons, Betty's called to the train station to investigate a missing bench. But though there's no bench, there is a body. A smartly dressed man, murdered in broad daylight, with two distinctive puncture wounds in his throat. While the locals gossip about the Suffolk Vampire, Betty Church readies herself to hunt a dangerous killer.
Sa dernière enquête a mené un homme innocent à la potence... Autant dire que le détective Sydney Grice n'est plus vraiment en odeur de sainteté à Londres. Boudé par ses clients, le "plus grand détective de tout l'empire britannique" dépérit. March Middelton, son excentrique acolyte du "sexe faible", commence à sérieusement s'inquiéter. Jusqu'à ce qu'un individu, membre de l'effrayant "Club du dernier survivant", fasse appel aux services de Sydney... et ait l'impudence de passer de vie à trépas dans son salon !
Londres 1892. Une femme est sauvagement assassinée dans le quartier pauvre de Whitechapel. Désemparée par l'inefficacité de la police, la mère de la victime engage Sidney Grice, le plus célèbre détective privé de Londres. D'une intelligence acérée, l'homme est d'une efficacité redoutable. Il pense que le "sexe faible" n'a pas sa place dans un cabinet de détective, mais il fait tout de même appel à March Middleton, une jeune femme excentrique un peu trop portée sur le gin, pour l'assister. L'irrésistible duo mène l'enquête et découvre que le mystérieux meurtre n'était que le premier d'une sinistre série.
1914: Sixteen-year-old Etterly, running from something, hides inside the trunk of a tree and disappears. The police search but find no trace. Her family and friends wrack their brains but come up with nothing. And so slowly life returns to normal. The hole in the tree is boarded up, and the village of Sackwater moves on. Only Etterly's best friend, Betty, clings to hope, insisting she can hear her friend calling for help. 1940: A skeleton is discovered buried in the woods....
December, 1939. Having solved the case of the Suffolk Vampire, Inspector Betty Church and her colleagues at Sackwater Police Station have settled back down to business. There's the elderly Mr Fern, who keeps losing his slippers, Sylvia Satin's 13th birthday party to attend and the scintillating case of the missing bookmark to solve. Though peace and quiet are all well and good, Betty soon finds herself longing for some cold-blooded murder.
Gower Street, London, 1882: Sidney Grice, London's most famous personal detective, is expecting a visitor. He drains his fifth pot of morning tea, and glances outside, where a young, plain woman picks her way between the piles of horse-dung towards his front door. Sidney Grice shudders. For heaven's sake - she is wearing brown shoes. The Mangle Street Murders is for those who like their crime original, atmospheric, and very, very funny.
London, 1884. Sidney Grice is restless, having filed his latest case under S, for 'still to be solved', to await further inspiration. His ward, March Middleton, remains determined to uncover the truth. Geraldine Hockaday was outraged on the murky streets of Limehouse. Yet her attacker is still on the loose. But then a chance encounter brings a new victim to light, and it seems clear March and Grice are on the trail of a serial offender.
Gower Street, 1883: March Middleton is the niece of London's greatest (and most curmudgeonly) personal detective, Sidney Grice. March has just discovered a wealthy long-lost relative she never knew she had. When this newest family member meets with a horrible death, March is in the frame for murder, and only Sidney Grice can prove her innocence.
125 Gower Street, 1882: Sidney Grice was once London's premier personal detective. But since his last case led an innocent man to the gallows, business has been light. Listless and depressed, Grice has not even gathered the strength to re-insert his glass eye. Then an eccentric member of a Final Death Society has the temerity to die on his study floor. Finally Sidney and March have an investigation, one that will draw them to an eerie house in Kew, and the mysterious Baroness Foskett....
London, 1883: All is quiet at 125 Gower Street. So, when a young woman turns up at the door, imploring London's foremost personal detective, Sidney Grice, to solve her father's murder, Grice can barely disguise his glee. Mr Nathan Garstang was found slaughtered, with no trace of a weapon or intruder. A classic locked-room case. But what piques Grice's interest is the link to the unsolved murders of Nathan's uncle, aunt and servants in the very same house....
5 out of 5 stars
Bei weitem besser als der vorhergehende Teil (und der war schon gut)!