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Oddington

by M. J. Mollenhour

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Exciting, excellent blend of English history and superstition into a believable current day mystery/Thriller. An enjoyable read to boot! ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0979967252, Hardcover)

Rex Bowman arrives in England's village of Oddington to tidy up ancient graves, but unearths treason, treasure and a one-thousand-year-old serial-murder plot.

Rex Bowman's work is--different. He restores England's graveyards. The ancient mystery he unearths in Oddington threatens to join him to his already-interred clientele. On his first day of what should have been ordinary graveyard labor at the village of Oddington, Rex finds an unburied corpse. Digging into both the ancient graves and the fresh mystery, Rex uncovers a family of murderers obsessed with guarding their one-thousand-year-old secret.

Oddington bridges the amateur sleuth whodunit and historical mystery genres. Though set in present day, Oddington reaches into English history toward fans of Bernard Cornwell, America's History Channel, and British television's Time Team series.

Rex Bowman is a working man from America's West Tennessee. After marrying Jill, a British palliative care doctor working in the United States, Rex moves to his new home in Jill's West Midlands. With his lively humor and man-of-the-earth determination, Rex fits right in with his English neighbors. Though he struggles to establish his trade and to win his mother-in-law's acceptance, Rex's joy in hard work begins to pay off. Rex and Jill are delighted when a wealthy benefactor engages Rex to restore the cemetery at St. Nathan's Church at Oddington in the Cotswold Hills.

Jill contributes the physician's analytical intellect and steady income to Rex's quick wit and entrepreneurial love of outdoor labor. Though Jill is proud of Rex's success, the young couple struggles to overcome debt and Jill's mother's skepticism over their apparent mismatch. The foreboding name of Rex's next work site--"Oddington"--is unsettling to Jill. The first-day-on-the-job murder and Rex's increasingly hostile benefactors--the Warwyckes--alarm her.

Oliver Warwycke's title and superficial dignity guard the dark secret haunting Oddington for a thousand years.

Meet "The Oddington Werewolf."  Savor the warmth, ale and venison served at The Golden Arrow Inn.  Travel back into time.  Pick up Oddington and follow Rex Bowman as he and his shovel uncover the truth long-buried there. Rex solves the fresh murder case, the series of murders, and the shocking original murder that changed the course of English history forever, all in a fun story full of twists and turns, set in England's not-so-fictional rural village of Oddington.

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