That Way Murder Lies: A Mitchell and Markby Mystery (Meredith and Markby Mysteries)

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Meredith Mitchell is delighted when an old friend from her consular days, Toby Smythe, turns up on leave between foreign postings. But Toby has a problem---or rather his relative Alison Jenner has---and Toby wants to enlist the help of Meredith's fiancé, Detective Superintendent Alan Markby. Alison has been receiving anonymous hate mail in which reference is made to a time twenty-five years earlier when she stood trial for the murder of her aunt, Freda Kemp, but was acquitted. Who is the writer, and how does he or she know about this secret in Alison's past?

Markby is reluctant to become involved, not least because Toby is hardly his favorite person. Besides, he and Meredith are planning their wedding, and distractions aren't welcome. But inquiries into a poisoned pen campaign soon turn into a murder investigation.

With the help of Inspector Jessica Campbell, a new member of Markby's team, and the non-professional but enthusiastic assistance of Meredith and Toby, the inquiry unravels a twenty-five-year-old mystery and its dreadful legacy of violence.

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Praise for Ann Granger

"The village mystery observes more stringent procedures than a military task force...the style must be witty, the setting picturesque, and the characters amusingly idiosyncratic....Ann Granger knows the drill so well she could write a manual."
- The New York Times on Flowers for His Funeral

"The characters are believable and likeable, [with] enough British village touches to satisfy fans of the genre, and enough intelligent writing not to make us feel too silly for being hooked."
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on A Season for Murder

"Thoroughly absorbing [and] smoothly written...Granger shows how well she has mastered her craft. . . . This engrossing novel is sure to delight."
- Publishers Weekly on Shades of Murder

"Granger deftly demonstrates that there's plenty of life still left in the traditional 'cozy' formula."
- The Washington Post on Call the Dead Again

About the Author:

Ann Granger, like Meredith Mitchell, has worked in British embassies in various parts of the world. She met her husband, who was also working for the British Embassy, in Prague, and together they received postings to places as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. They are now permanently based in Bicester, near Oxford. That Way Murder Lies is Granger's fifteenth Mitchell and Markby mystery.

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