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Murder in Moreton: Eliza Thomson Investigates (Book 2)

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A good read. Maybe not quite historically accurate but the plot is a good one. Okay I had my suspicions as to who and how but not as to why until quite a long way through the story. Clean, crisp writing and characters that add a certain flair to the plot. The death of a vindictive, quarrelsome elderly woman who wants everyone and everything to run to her dictates. The setting a small village that has the usual nosy parkers and conflicts hidden behind picturesque cottages. Eliza and her husband have moved to her hometown to take over the local surgery and dispensary. Upon arrival, Eliza begins reconnecting with childhood friends, some of which she has not seen in 30 years. Unfortunately, a murder is committed in the home of one of Eliza’s childhood friends. Eliza begins to investigate the murder at the personal request of that childhood friend. Eliza and her neighbor, who is also a close friend, partner up to solve this murder mystery. As if it is not hard enough to solve a murder, the women must deal with the prevalent opinion in 1900 of women performing “men’s work”. There are many twists and turns in determining whodunit in this mystery. Always demanding her own way, she’ll use any means possible to control those around her. Until she pushes someone too far. I would also encourage anyone who has any other information which they believe could assist with our investigation to get in touch as this could be vital to our inquiries.”

Eliza and her husband Archie Thompson have just moved to Moreton where Eliza grew up. Her best friend Connie lives next door. Archie will be the town doctor, and Eliza helps out in the surgery fixing prescriptions. She also solved crimes when they lived in London, several from reading the clues in the paper. As head of the family business, Mrs Milwood isn’t afraid to use the money and power she acquired from her late husband. Even against her own family. Even though this is the second book in the series, it's also a standalone, which is great, because this is the first Eliza Thompson Investigates I've read. Chief Inspector Derek Riley said: “Although a man has been arrested following the tragic death of this woman in Moreton we are still in the very early stages of our investigation and inquiries into the incident are still ongoing in the area.A few days after the Thompson's move in, an elderly villager dies under suspicious circumstances. The deceased's daughter-in-law is a friend of Eliza (she grew up in Moreton), so she agrees to help with the investigation, which is a good thing, because, while the local constable is a nice guy, he's a terrible investigator - he doesn't even know to ask common sense questions, and keeps trying to arrest potential suspects without sufficient evidence (which Eliza repeatedy points out to him). The old woman's family needs her help, but they're not telling Eliza the whole truth. To top it off, the old lady was an awful person, making pretty much all of the villagers potential suspects.

It's a great Agatha Christie-ish, Miss Marple-y murder mystery in a country village, 1900s England. Eliza Thompson has just moved from London to Moreton-on-Thames, where her husband is to be the new doctor. Eliza has in the past followed murder investigations in the newspaper, and even solved them before the authorities did! On a visit to an old friend Eliza and Connie meet the woman's mother in law, a cantankerous old woman who doesn't have a nice word for anyone, in fact she's quite rude and Eliza can't get away from her fast enough. The next day her husband is called to the same house when Mrs. Milwood, the mean old woman is found dead in her bed! Eliza insists on accompanying her husband, as her friend will need comforting at a time like this, but her real reason for going is of course she's ready to put her investigator hat on and get to work! The whole family becomes suspect, but Eliza's not so sure. Yes they all disliked the mean old coot, but could they really kill her? After the inquest and the culprit turns out to be poison the suspect list grows. Eliza is persistent in her search and will not stop until she gets to the bottom of this murder. When Mrs Milwood is found dead, the evidence points to murder, but with only the hapless village police to lead the investigation, Eliza and Connie are determined to help … whether the newly arrived Inspector from New Scotland Yard wants them to or not…Connie is eager to introduce Eliza to the villagers, but their excitement vanishes when they bump into an old neighbour, Mrs Milwood. Police say officers remain on Meadowbrook Road to offer assurance to residents and forensic examinations, CCTV and house-to house inquiries are being carried out in the area.

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