Death of an Ordinary Guyby Jo A. Hiestand
The village square is bathed in torchlight. Spectators huddle against the cold this November night, Guy Fawkes Night, in Upper Kingsleigh, England. Shadows grip the edge of the square, but all minds concentrate on this 400 year-old festivity, all eyes focus on the straw effigy of Guy Fawkes,
On Guy Fawkes Night someone switches the straw effigy with a real corpse.
The village square is bathed in torchlight. Spectators huddle against the cold this November night, Guy Fawkes Night, in Upper Kingsleigh, England. Shadows grip the edge of the square, but all minds concentrate on this 400 year-old festivity, all eyes focus on the straw effigy of Guy Fawkes, the symbol of the governmental coup-gone-wrong. The flaming torch extends to light the straw-and the villagers recoil in horror. Twisting at the end of the rope is no straw-filled dummy. It's the corpse of an American tourist.
Newly-made Detective-Sergeant Brenna Taylor, Derbyshire C.I.D., is anxious to prove herself. She's skillful, determined, and imaginative in her crime solving, but faces the obstacle of male resistance in her field. Heading the investigating team is Detective-Chief Inspector Geoffrey Graham, former minister and a brilliant, intimidating man whom Brenna works hard to impress. Which would be easier if murder suspects weren't so numerous. Among them are the American's brother-in-law, still angry over his sister's death; the husband, who fears his wife will desert him for the American; the inebriated, penniless uncle, who clings to his nephew's fortune tighter than a cork in a wine bottle.
As Brenna digs into the lives of the villagers, she becomes the target of frightening pranks. Are these the work of one of her harassing male colleagues, or a deadly warning to leave the case? Not only must Brenna solve this personal mystery while working on the two murders, but she must also sort out her conflicting emotions of trepidation and love for Chief Inspector Graham.
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If you like interesting characters that make a story grow and if you like characters that have so much personality you can't wait til the next book comes out, then you should read Jo Hiestand. This series is as good as her McLaren series, humorous, a little sarcastic with characters thinking the very thoughts I wish I would have said if I'd been able to think of the words. Don't miss her books.
Death of an Ordinary Guy by Jo A. Hiestand is a well developed English mystery with refreshing new characters who literally come to life on the page. Her skillfull descriptions not only give the reader the full experience of life (and murder!) in a small English village, Ms. Hiestand uses them to heighten the mood and atmosphere and increase suspense. I look forward to additional books with Brenna, Graham, and the rest of 'the coppers.' Great story. Great characters. A must read for everyone who likes British Mysteries. Diana L. Driver