In the third volume of the Inspector Lamb mystery series, a murder at a hospital for veterans in rural England leaves Lamb with a village full of suspects, each with a motive and secrets of their own.In the spring of 1942, with the war in Europe raging, a gruesome murder shocks the rural community of Marbury, where a once-grand estate called Elton House has been transformed into a hospital for “shell-shocked” officers sent back from the front lines. When Detective Chief Inspector Lamb arrives to solve the case, he quickly learns that the victim, Elton House's gardener Joseph Lee, had plenty of enemies in Marburyand so he and his team have plenty of suspects. Along with his team of investigators, which includes his daughter Vera, Lamb begins to untangle the threads of rivalry and deceit that lie beneath the surface of the seemingly-peaceful countryside village. It soon becomes clear that Lee’s mysterious past is intertwined with the history of Elton House itself, which fell into disrepair a generation earlier after a shockingly similar murder, and the mystery deepens further when Lamb discovers that one of the prime suspects has seemingly committed suicide. As Lamb pieces together the connections between the crimes of the present and those of the past, he must dive into the darkest, most secret corners of Elton House to discover who is committing murder, and why.
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Stephen Kelly is an award-winning writer, reporter, editor and newspaper columnist. His work has appeared in TheBaltimore Sun, The Washington Post and Baltimore Magazine. He has a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and has taught writing and journalism at Hopkins, Towson University, in Baltimore, and Sweet Briar College, in Virginia. He lives in Columbia, Maryland.
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Hushed in Death: An Inspector Lamb Mystery based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Hushed In Death features Inspector Lamb, along with his daughter Vera, as they work to solve the murder of a not-so-well-liked gardener at a hospital for recovering soldiers while their country is still in the midst of a war. Lamb is up against a large list of suspects and roadblocks of lies that will test his patience and his cunning detective skills. I had previously read the first in this series featuring Inspector Lamb a couple of years ago when I checked it out from my local library and put the series on my must read list. I'm not sure this installment measured up to my enthusiasm of the first book, but it was still a great mystery read. The cast of characters were a nice blend of personalities and the setting of a rural English estate was well done. The mystery kept me guessing until the very end, which is always nice. My only real complaint was that it was a little slow in quite a bit of places. The ending chapters picked up the pace and the suspense, but there was quite a bit to plod through while getting there. Overall, I didn't like this one as well as the first, but enough that I will look for future books in the series to see how they've progressed. A big thanks to the publisher, Pegasus, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book that was sent in exchange for an honest review.