[The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1] EBOOK / KINDLE


  • Hardcover
  • 272
  • The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1
  • A.J. MacKenzie
  • English
  • 04 November 2018
  • 9781785761133

A.J. MacKenzie ☆ 5 characters

A.J. MacKenzie ☆ 5 characters Free read ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ A.J. MacKenzie The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1 Free download ✓ 105 Elf Reverend Hardcastle finds himself entrusted with the victim's cryptic last wordsWith smuggling rife on England's south east coast the obvious conclusion is that this was a falling out among thieves But why is the leader of the local Customs service so re. I received this book via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an host reviewWell it starts with an actual body on a doorstep so drama from page 1 A good SmugglerConspiracywhodunit thriller I enjoyed this book from beginning middle to end I also enjoyed the setting as I have spent a lot of time as a child Holidaying in that areaI hope there is a 2nd novel in the offing

Free read ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ A.J. MacKenzieThe Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1

A.J. MacKenzie ☆ 5 characters Free read ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ A.J. MacKenzie The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1 Free download ✓ 105 Luctant to investigate Ably assisted by the ingenious Mrs Chaytor Hardcastle sets out to solve the mystery for himself But smugglers are not the only ones to lurk off the Kent coast and the he discovers the he realises he might have bitten off than he can ch. Humorous very readable mystery packed with twists but the historical context failed to inspireThe Body on the Doorstep is the first of the Romney Marsh mystery series and is set against the backdrop of the Kent coast in 1796 Despite an intriguing premise that drew me in I had little idea of the actual historical context and although this can easily be gleaned from the story it would have aided me inordinately to have been appraised of the basics beforehand as a guide as to what to expect I refer to the contrast threat of invasion by French revolutionaries particularly after rumours of the French Directory having cemented power and an increase in taxation in order to raise the necessary extra expenditure for defence that made smuggling rife Kent 1796 St Mary in the MarshWhen a tetchy and port uaffing Reverend Marcus Hardcastle is rudely interrupted at midnight and midway through his latest missive railing at the unprotected coastline of Kent he discovers a dying man on his doorstep in the darkness of a new moon Bending down to receive the cryptic final words of the dying man Hardcastle narrowly escapes a bullet himself but is baffled by the man s message Tell Peter mark trace When a rifle bullet is extracted from the victims body and Rev Hardcastle hears the news that less than two miles away a Customs officer by the name of Curtius Miller was shot dead in a skirmish with smugglers at close uarters he is naturally intrigued Unable to identify the man on his doorstep or to make the circumstances of Miller s shooting add up Reverend Hardcastle starts asking uestions and a similarly inuisitive three years widowed Amelia Chaytor follows his trail Used to being classed as an eual by her deceased husband Mrs Chaytor is neither shy or retiring but merely seeking some respite from the pain of lonelinessReverend Hardcastle and Amelia Chaytor soon uncover than they bargained for with practically everybody in the village of St Mary in the Marsh seeming to have a hand in the smuggling black market and therefore a vested interest For thirty nine year old Reverend Hardcastle the puzzle is something to engage his mind after once being lauded as the finest mind amongst the Church of England and destined for great things that have come to naught A thorn in the side of his church superiors and a well known drunken sot Hardcastle is also a popular local figure particularly as he turns a blind eye to the locals involvement in the smuggling Having acuired a reputation for his predilection for port the Reverend tries to curb his excesses whilst acting the part of the intoxicated buffoon well aware that his enuiries are beginning to attract the attentions of the shadowy figures who are attempting to foil his path to the truth Both Hardcastle and Mrs Chaytor play their part in contributing to the amateur sleuthing and when the inuest of Miller is rigged they start to get a sense of just how far up the chain of command the conspiracy they have stumbled upon goes As the senior clergy warn Reverend Hardcastle not to tarnish the cloths reputation with his pursuits and behaviour whilst under the influence of the demon drink he remains undeterredAlthough highly readable and with a cleverly convoluted plot that delivers plenty of surprises the storyline sadly didn t grip me Thankfully the pace is brisk the inimitable Reverend Hardcastle and unflappable Mrs Chaytor make a lively duo of amateur investigators and their witty repartee cynical realism and genuine interest in ensuring justice is done make them a compelling team Their growing respect and fondness for each other as the story progresses is also well drawn and their frankness with each other helps to flesh both characters out The narrative even when the relatively complicated plot is unfolding is always jaunty and mischievously humorous and a colourful cast of local eccentrics includle the Reverend s prickly housekeeper Mrs Kemp the artist JMW Turner and two elderly ladies rumoured to be witches or Sapphic lovers With awareness of the historical context I doubt I would have chosen this novel because the period does not greatly interest me However the setting is well portrayed and the key players all distinctive and once the basics of the plot are laid out uncovering the web of intrigue is full of tension I just wish I had been engaged by the whole set up and felt invested in the outcome Whilst admittedly very atmospheric I cannot comment on the historical accuracy or whether the population imbibed such vast uantities throughout the day A light hearted humorous mystery that for me was made readable by a vibrant cast of characters and a story that was jam packed with twists

Summary The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1

A.J. MacKenzie ☆ 5 characters Free read ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ A.J. MacKenzie The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1 Free download ✓ 105 For fans of Antonia Hodgson's The Devil in the Marshalsea and MJ Carter's The Strangler Vine The Body on the Doorstep is the first Romney Marsh Mystery by A J MacKenzieKent 1796 Shocked to discover a dying man on his doorstep and lucky to avoid a bullet hims. A period murder mystery and a good one think Fielding and Richardson with body count This crime novel is set in the late 18C and it s uite refreshing to see someone trying to solve a crime without the benefit of DNA fingerprinting and forensic science There s no international database to consult no police procedure no world weary gloomy disillusioned detective with a drink problem and a jazz fixation Instead the hero is a village rector with well yes with a bit of a drink problem but his freuent recourse to the port bottle and visits to the local inn he would have us believe are as much a cultivated disguise as anything else designed to allow him to listen in without being taken seriously Because that s how the crimes in this novel are ultimately resolved by means of careful observation a willingness to listen and a sharp intelligenceThe storyline concerns what looks at first glance to be a routine smuggling operation that has gone wrong but it soon becomes clear there is to it than that This is an England acutely aware of Napoleon lurking just across the Channel which means the villagers live in constant suspicion of any stranger who might represent a threat to their simple way of life Before long a political dimension to the murders becomes clear and suddenly no one knows whom to trustThe background is impeccably presented and the pace picks up as the novel progresses with our tetchy but well meaning hero piecing together the fragments until he is able to reveal all in a showdown that perhaps owes to Agatha Christie than Le Carre but is nonetheless in keeping with the overall tone of the novelThe ending makes it clear this is not the last we ve seen of Reverend Hardcastle and Mrs Chaytor and on the evidence of this debut novel a return visit will be no chore at all Enjoyed it


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    [The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1] EBOOK / KINDLE This is a wonderfully atmospheric historical murder mystery set in Romney Marsh The time period is the tail end of the 18th century and the Reverend Hardcastle opens his door at night only to discover a dying man there This kickstarts an exciting and adventurous trailHardcastle is an unusual man of the cloth given his interesting backstory an

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    Summary The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1 [The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1] EBOOK / KINDLE Free read ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ A.J. MacKenzie It's 1796 and reverend Hardcastle finds a body on his doorstep The reverend has the honor to hear his last words and then he dies Nobody knows who the man is but the rumors are that his death has something to do with smugglers on the coast Beca

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    A.J. MacKenzie ☆ 5 characters Free read ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ A.J. MacKenzie Summary The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1 A period murder mystery and a good one think Fielding and Richardson with body count This crime novel is set in the late 18C and it's uite refreshing to see someone trying to solve a crime without the benefit of DNA fingerpr

  4. says: [The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1] EBOOK / KINDLE A.J. MacKenzie ☆ 5 characters

    [The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1] EBOOK / KINDLE This is the first book in a promised Romney Marsh Mysteries series written by AJ Mackenzie the pseudonym of Marilyn Livingstone and Morgen Witzelan Anglo Canadian husband and wife team of writers and historians I love discovering debut authors and new series to have both combined and in such an enjoyable book as The Body on the Doorstep is a real treat Books featuring amateur sleuths are perennially popular and the pairing in Th

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    Summary The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1 [The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1] EBOOK / KINDLE Free read ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ A.J. MacKenzie I received this book via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an host reviewWell it starts with an actual body on a doorstep so drama from page 1 A good SmugglerConspiracywhodunit thriller I enjoyed this book from beginning middle to end I al

  6. says: [The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1] EBOOK / KINDLE A.J. MacKenzie ☆ 5 characters Summary The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1

    [The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1] EBOOK / KINDLE 1796 St Mary in the Marsh Romney Marsh Kent and the Reverend Hardcastle answers a knock at his door late one night only to find a dying manWhat does his last words mean what is the significance of the shots heard that night is there any connection to the various smuggling rings up and down the coast or is it as the inhabitants fear a prelude to an invasion by the FrenchEnjoyed this first in the series and will

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    A.J. MacKenzie ☆ 5 characters Free read ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ A.J. MacKenzie [The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1] EBOOK / KINDLE A gripping tale of smugglers and spies and wicked murder Thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next instalment

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    Summary The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1 A.J. MacKenzie ☆ 5 characters [The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1] EBOOK / KINDLE Humorous very readable mystery packed with twists but the historical context failed to inspireThe Body on the Doorstep is the first of the Romney Marsh mystery series and is set against the backdrop of the Kent coast in 1796 Despite

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    [The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1] EBOOK / KINDLE I really wanted to enjoy this but i just ended up skimming through it Hoping to pick it up another time when I'm in the mood for thi

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    Summary The Body on the Doorstep Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries #1 A.J. MacKenzie ☆ 5 characters Free read ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ A.J. MacKenzie Scarecrow ScarecrowOn the southern coast of England there's a legend people tellOf days long ago when the great Scarecrow would ride from the jaws of hellAnd laugh with a fiendish yellWith his clothes all torn and tatteredThrough the black of night he'd rideFrom the marsh to the coast like a demon ghostHe'd rob the rich then hideAnd he'd laugh till he split his sideChorusScarecrow Scarecrow The soldiers of the king feared his nameScarecrow

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