Sins Out of School

Sins Out of School

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by Jeanne M. Dams
     
 

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Dorothy Martin wanted to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for her husband, Alan and some of her friends – a real taste of home. Then came the call from the school, asking Dorothy to fill in because teacher Amanda Doyle hadn’t shown up. Three days later, on Thanksgiving, the second call came: John Doyle had been murdered and Amanda was the suspect.…  See more details below

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Dorothy Martin wanted to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for her husband, Alan and some of her friends – a real taste of home. Then came the call from the school, asking Dorothy to fill in because teacher Amanda Doyle hadn’t shown up. Three days later, on Thanksgiving, the second call came: John Doyle had been murdered and Amanda was the suspect. Would Dorothy mind caring for their daughter Miriam for the day? Dorothy had already sensed that something was not right in the Doyle household: John was clearly emotionally abusive, and the church they belonged to held some very strange ideas about sin and punishment. Now Amanda and Miriam need her to prove Amanda’s innocence, and Dorothy unravels a nasty knot of family secrets.

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Publishers Weekly
A traditional American Thanksgiving dinner unexpectedly leads Dorothy Martin, now nearly 70 and settled in the medieval town of Sherebury with her retired police constable husband, Alan Nesbit, into a murder case as chilling as the British weather. This is Agatha-winner Dams's seventh mystery to feature the gutsy and intuitive amateur sleuth (after 2001's To Perish in Penzance). On Thanksgiving day, Dorothy takes nine-year-old Miriam Doyle into her home and heart after the girl's mother, a teacher, is accused of stabbing the girl's father to death. Encouraged by the police and advised by Alan, Dorothy investigates the murder. The local cathedral, quirky characters, erratic trains and lots of tea all figure in this traditional British cozy with a unique twist-an American Miss Marple as heroine. Agent, the Reece Halsey Agency North. (Jan. 30) FYI: Dams is also the author of Green Grow the Victims (Forecasts, Apr. 16, 2001) and other mysteries in her Hilda Johannson series. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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When St. Stephen's schoolteacher Amanda Doyle insists on taking a day off for personal reasons right in the middle of flu season, expatriate American widow Dorothy Martin, a retired schoolmarm now living in the cozy English village of Sherebury with her second husband Alan, is pressed into service. Amanda's return lasts all of one day before the police detain her for questioning. Did she stab her husband to death on her day off, then tidy up the crime scene before notifying the authorities? And did she slip a lethal dose of digitalis into his tea as well? Or is she covering up a crime committed by her nine-year-old daughter Miriam, who loathed her martinet dad, a sanctimonious pillar of the Chapel of the One True God congregation? Donning her detecting hat (velvet with a plump red rose), Dorothy ponders Amanda's Tory politician father, whom she hasn't spoken to in years; her prickly TV scriptwriting sister; and her quickie marriage to cover up her pregnancy. She even ventures among the One True God congregation for clues, from irregularities in church finances to Doyle's whereabouts just before his death. Still around the bend are several train trips to London, where a Botticelli-beautiful solicitor works, a comparison of handwriting on a parliamentary pass and a lover's note, and a serious auto accident sending Amanda, her sister, and her daughter to the hospital. Fans of the English cozy will put the kettle on, snuggle under a lap rug, and sigh contentedly while Dorothy (To Perish in Penzance, 2001, etc.) chats up village eccentrics, meddles her way from pub to church manse, and resolves matters with Miss Marple flair. Mystery Guild ultimate selection

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781448300990
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/2013
Series:
A Dorothy Martin Mystery , #8
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
451,760
File size:
420 KB

Meet the Author

Jeanne M. Dams, an American, is a devout Anglophile who has wished she could live in England ever since her first visit in 1963. Fortunately, her alter ego, Dorothy Martin, can do just that. Jeanne lives in South Bend, Indiana, with a varying population of cats.

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Sins Out of School 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Expatriate American Dorothy Martin is approaching seventy but she acts like a woman at least two decades younger. She lives in the quaint little town of Sherebury with her husband, retired chief constable Alan Nesbitt. The couple prepares to host a Thanksgiving dinner for their friends. Three days before the big event she is asked to do a friend a favor by substituting at St. Stephen¿s school. She reluctantly agrees and finds out that this is the first time the regular teacher Amanda Doyle took leave without calling. The day of the Thanksgiving dinner, Dorothy is asked to baby-sit Amanda¿s nine year old child because the teacher is in police custody as a suspect in the murder of her husband who was found dead in their flat with a knife in his back. Dorothy doesn¿t believe for one moment that Amanda or Miriam could have killed John because they were so frightened and browbeat by the abusive man. She starts snooping again and finds other notable suspects and inadvertently puts Alan and her in danger from a killer who wants to see certain secrets stay buried. Jean M Dams writes a lively, exciting and ample mystery staring a heroine that is impossible not to like. She sticks her nose into places where it doesn¿t belong especially when people tell her to mind her own business. She remains steadfast seeking out the truth even if she is given the cold shoulder for asking impertinent questions. SINS OUT OF SCHOOL is an excellent mystery that deals with the issue of verbal abuse on a family. Harriet Klausner