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Inordinately to have been appraised of the basics beforehand as a guide as to what to expect I refer to the contrast threat of invasion by French revolutionaries particularly after rumours of the French Directory having cemented power and an increase in taxation in order to raise the necessary extra expenditure for defence that made smuggling rife Kent 1796 St Mary in the MarshWhen a tetchy and port affing Reverend Marcus Hardcastle is rudely interrupted at midnight and midway through his latest missive railing at the The Queens Choice unprotected coastline of Kent he discovers a dying man on his doorstep in the darkness of a new moon Bending down to receive the cryptic final words of the dying man Hardcastle narrowly escapes a bullet himself but is baffled by the man s message Tell Peter mark trace When a rifle bullet is extracted from the victims body and Rev Hardcastle hears the news that less than two miles away a Customs officer by the name of Curtius Miller was shot dead in a skirmish with smugglers at closearters he is naturally intrigued Unable to identify the man on his doorstep or to make the circumstances of Miller s shooting add The Cowboy Wants a Wife! up Reverend Hardcastle starts askingestions and a similarly inuisitive three years widowed Amelia Chaytor follows his trail Used to being classed as an eual by her deceased husband Mrs Chaytor is neither shy or retiring but merely seeking some respite from the pain of lonelinessReverend Hardcastle and Amelia Chaytor soon To Defy a Sheikh uncover than they bargained for with practically everybody in the village of St Mary in the Marsh seeming to have a hand in the smuggling black market and therefore a vested interest For thirty nine year old Reverend Hardcastle the puzzle is something to engage his mind after once being lauded as the finest mind amongst the Church of England and destined for great things that have come to naught A thorn in the side of his church superiors and a well known drunken sot Hardcastle is also a popular local figure particularly as he turns a blind eye to the locals involvement in the smuggling Having acuired a reputation for his predilection for port the Reverend tries to curb his excesses whilst acting the part of the intoxicated buffoon well aware that his enuiries are beginning to attract the attentions of the shadowy figures who are attempting to foil his path to the truth Both Hardcastle and Mrs Chaytor play their part in contributing to the amateur sleuthing and when the inuest of Miller is rigged they start to get a sense of just how farp the chain of command the conspiracy they have stumbled The Highlander and the Wolf Princess (Legend of the Faol, upon goes As the senior clergy warn Reverend Hardcastle not to tarnish the cloths reputation with his pursuits and behaviour whilstnder the influence of the demon drink he remains ndeterredAlthough highly readable and with a cleverly convoluted plot that delivers plenty of surprises the storyline sadly didn t grip me Thankfully the pace is brisk the inimitable Reverend Hardcastle and nflappable Mrs Chaytor make a lively duo of amateur investigators and their witty repartee cynical realism and genuine interest in ensuring justice is done make them a compelling team Their growing respect and fondness for each other as the story progresses is also well drawn and their frankness with each other helps to flesh both characters out The narrative even when the relatively complicated plot is The Princes Ultimate Deception (Monte Carlo Affairs, unfolding is always jaunty and mischievously humorous and a colourful cast of local eccentrics includle the Reverend s prickly housekeeper Mrs Kemp the artist JMW Turner and two elderly ladies rumoured to be witches or Sapphic lovers With awareness of the historical context I doubt I would have chosen this novel because the period does not greatly interest me However the setting is well portrayed and the key players all distinctive and once the basics of the plot are laid outncovering the web of intrigue is full of tension I just wish I had been engaged by the whole set Breaking the Governesss Rules up and felt invested in the outcome Whilst admittedly very atmospheric I cannot comment on the historical accuracy or whether the population imbibed such vastantities throughout the day A light hearted humorous mystery that for me was made readable by a vibrant cast of characters and a story that was jam packed with twists This is a wonderfully atmospheric historical murder mystery set in Romney Marsh The time period is the tail end of the 18th century and the Reverend Hardcastle opens his door at night only to discover a dying man there This kickstarts an exciting and adventurous trailHardcastle is an The Christmas Children (The Mellow Years unusual man of the cloth given his interesting backstory and problems with drink He investigates what is going on and is aided by the intelligent and courageous widow Amelia Theyncover spies and smugglers amongst other things The historical research is meticulous and the book carries detailed descriptions and events from that period such as what is happening in Euro. Elf Reverend Hardcastle finds himself entrusted with the victim's cryptic last wordsWith smuggling rife on England's south east coast the obvious conclusion is that this was a falling out among thieves But why is the leader of the local Customs service so re.
A period murder mystery and a good one think Fielding and Richardson with body count This crime novel is set in the late 18C and it s Too Strong to Deny/Savage Awakening/Jack Riordans Baby/His Forbidden Passion uite refreshing to see someone trying to solve a crime without the benefit of DNA fingerprinting and forensic science There s no international database to consult no police procedure no world weary gloomy disillusioned detective with a drink problem and a jazz fixation Instead the hero is a village rector with well yes with a bit of a drink problem but his freuent recourse to the port bottle and visits to the local inn he would haves believe are as much a cultivated disguise as anything else designed to allow him to listen in without being taken seriously Because that s how the crimes in this novel are The Firefighters Christmas Reunion ultimately resolved by means of careful observation a willingness to listen and a sharp intelligenceThe storyline concerns what looks at first glance to be a routine smuggling operation that has gone wrong but it soon becomes clear there is to it than that This is an England acutely aware of Napoleon lurking just across the Channel which means the villagers live in constant suspicion of any stranger who might represent a threat to their simple way of life Before long a political dimension to the murders becomes clear and suddenly no one knows whom to trustThe background is impeccably presented and the pace picksp as the novel progresses with our tetchy but well meaning hero piecing together the fragments The Life of Corgnelius and Stumphrey until he is able to reveal all in a showdown that perhaps owes to Agatha Christie than Le Carre but is nonetheless in keeping with the overall tone of the novelThe ending makes it clear this is not the last we ve seen of Reverend Hardcastle and Mrs Chaytor and on the evidence of this debut novel a return visit will be no chore at all Enjoyed it 1796 St Mary in the Marsh Romney Marsh Kent and the Reverend Hardcastle answers a knock at his door late one night only to find a dying manWhat does his last words mean what is the significance of the shots heard that night is there any connection to the various smuggling ringsp and down the coast or is it as the inhabitants fear a prelude to an invasion by the FrenchEnjoyed this first in the series and will look out for the next oneA NetGalley book I really wanted to enjoy this but i just ended The Amish Midwife (Lancaster Courtships, up skimming through it Hoping to pick itp another time when I m in the mood for this type of writing style It s 1796 and reverend Hardcastle finds a body on his doorstep The reverend has the honor to hear his last words and then he dies Nobody knows who the man is but the rumors are that his death has something to do with smugglers on the coast Because he doesn t think the case is being thoroughly investigated reverend Hardcastle starts researching the matter on his own He s soon being told off but he decides the crime is important enough to keep going Reverend Hardcastle might even be in danger himself but he doesn t want to stop The Greeks Acquisition until he finds out exactly what happened What kind of dangerous games are being playedThe Body on the Doorstep is a gripping story about a reverend who likes drinking a little too much Reverend Hardcastle is a smart man and heses his addiction to his advantage and as a disguise I immediately adored him He isn t afraid to admit he has flaws he has a great sense of humor and he s creative and clever I loved reading about the smugglers the complex game that is being played and the snooping of reverend Hardcastle The case doesn t stop with the body on his doorstep there s something sinister going on and the story becomes and compelling while the plot thickens Reverend Hardcastle is the perfect main character for an old fashioned mystery because he s delightfully imperfect can be a little na ve and is definitely cunning at the same time It s a fantastic combination that I enjoyed a lot I also really liked that he s getting help from a woman the reverend s outlook on life is modern for his time and firm Even when he s in danger he doesn t let people get away with the games they are playing and he can be tough when he needs to beAJ Mackenzie has a beautiful writing style and I loved every single s I received this book via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an host reviewWell it starts with an actual body on a doorstep so drama from page 1 A good SmugglerConspiracywhodunit thriller I enjoyed this book from beginning middle to end I also enjoyed the setting as I have spent a lot of time as a child Holidaying in that areaI hope there is a 2nd novel in the offing Humorous very readable mystery packed with twists but the historical context failed to inspireThe Body on the Doorstep is the first of the Romney Marsh mystery series and is set against the backdrop of the Kent coast in 1796 Despite an intriguing premise that drew me in I had little idea of the actual historical context and although this can easily be gleaned from the story it would have aided me. For fans of Antonia Hodgson's The Devil in the Marshalsea and MJ Carter's The Strangler Vine The Body on the Doorstep is the first Romney Marsh Mystery by A J MacKenzieKent 1796 Shocked to discover a dying man on his doorstep and lucky to avoid a bullet hims.
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Pe and France This is a compelling novel for avid lovers of mysteries set at an exciting time in history Many thanks to Bonnier for an ARC via netgalley This is the first book in a promised Romney Marsh Mysteries series written by AJ Mackenzie the pseudonym of Marilyn Livingstone and Morgen Witzelan Anglo Canadian husband and wife team of writers and historians I love discovering debut authors and new series to have both combined and in such an enjoyable book as The Body on the Doorstep is a real treat Books featuring amateur sleuths are perennially popular and the pairing in The Body on the Doorstep are welcome additions to the genre Reverend Hardcastle is an alcoholic rector with a colourful past and Amelia Chaytor a widow living in the village who turns out to be far braver sharper and less easily shocked than a woman of her time was expected to beDespite being set during a much earlier period I was reminded somewhat of John Buchan s Richard Hannay books perhaps because it is imbued with the same sense of adventure and with characters that may not be all they seem As with Buchan s books the landscape in this case Romney Marsh plays an important role in the plotWhilst there is always going to be some artistic license in a work of fiction the plot written by historians of course feels credible not necessarily easy in a book that features smugglers spying rumours of a French invasion and the artist JWM TurnerI stayed The Amish Nanny (Brides of Amish Country, up late last night actually early this morning to finish The Body on the Doorstep and I know if the next book in the series had been published I would be reading that now I ll have to look forward to it but in the meantime thoroughly recommend this to all particularly if you enjoy historical mysteriesThe Body on the Doorstep will be published by Zaffre on 21st April 2016 Many thanks to the authors and publishers for my ARC received through NetGalley A gripping tale of smugglers and spies and wicked murder Thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next instalment Scarecrow ScarecrowOn the southern coast of England there s a legend people tellOf days long ago when the great Scarecrow would ride from the jaws of hellAnd laugh with a fiendish yellWith his clothes all torn and tatteredThrough the black of night he d rideFrom the marsh to the coast like a demon ghostHe d rob the rich then hideAnd he d laugh till he split his sideChorusScarecrow Scarecrow The soldiers of the king feared his nameScarecrow Scarecrow The country folk all loved him just the sameScarecrowThese lyrics are copyright 1963 by Terry Gilkyson And anyone who grewp watching Diseny s Wonderful World of Color and is old enough to remember 1964 will remember those haunting lyrics That was the opening to Dr Syn The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh And it s all I could think about when I read AJ MacKenzie s debut novel The Body on the Doorstep a mystery that features the Reverend Hardcastle the minister at St Mary in the Marsh in Romney MarshIn 1796 the people of southeast England s coast fear an invasion by the French The sea provides their livelihood but it also presents a threat The small village of Romney Marsh on the coast is a hotbed of smuggling Reverend Hardcastle s parishioners may not show The Healer (Borderland Brides, up for services but they are deeply involved in the local business of smuggling He knows it and they acknowledge he knows it by leaving him gifts of brandy In fact Hardcastle drinks at the local pub with many of those men The Excise and Customs men responsible for collecting taxes are notite as welcome there It s after midnight when there s a pounding on Hardcastle s door and the drunken rector stumbles his way there But when a dying man falls on his doorstep a man who was shot Hardcastle is aware enough to catch his last words It s a message Hardcastle keeps to himself The Slayer (Time Raiders until the right person comes along Mrs Chaytor is a widow a newcomer to the village and her comments about the shots fired that night are enough to catch Hardcastle s attention It isn t long before he teamsp with the shrewd woman and the artist Joseph Mallord William Turner to pool their knowledge Hardcastle and Chaytor are involved in a dangerous business While Chaytor is a widow Hardcastle has to deal with supervision by the Church as well as Lord Clavertye He s the one who becomes a target when their investigation disturbs the wrong people And they seem to stir The Journal Of A Vicars Wife up trouble when they askestions about a mysterious group called The Twelve ApostlesSmuggling murder threats bribery MacKenzie s debut mystery is a fascinating historical mystery involving an actual hotbed of smuggling The historical details bring the atmospheric mystery to life while Hardcastle and Chaytor make a well matched team of sleuths There s even humor in this fascinating mysteryIf you relished the story of Dr Syn if you remember the Scarecrow you ll want to read about the adventures of the Reverend Hardcastle and the widow Mrs Chaytor. Luctant to investigate Ably assisted by the ingenious Mrs Chaytor Hardcastle sets out to solve the mystery for himself But smugglers are not the only ones to lurk off the Kent coast and the he discovers the he realises he might have bitten off than he can ch.