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No Known Grave (2014)

by Maureen Jennings

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Series: D. I. Tom Tyler (3)

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St. Anne's is a hospital being run out of an old stately home in Shropshire. The war is on, and this location is perfect for a convalescent home for men and women who have suffered severe physical disfigurement or psychological trauma. However, a shocking murder of a father and son on the premises shatters the tranquility and results in DI Tom Tyler being sent to investigate.

I have greatly enjoyed the Tom Tyler series, not least because of the atmosphere of WW2 Britain. This is Britain on the home front: rationing, the intermittent threats of raids, and the effects of the war on those who have been left behind. It's an interesting perspective. There are some links to previous books in the series, so certain characters may prompt head-scratching if you've forgotten who they are, but the text will bring you up to speed eventually. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jul 5, 2015 |
St. Anne’s Convalescent Hospital is home to only the most serious casualties of World War II. They’re blind, missing limbs or disfigured -- often all three. When one of them is murdered, along with his young son, the good sisters who run the hospital call the local constabulary and Detective Inspector Tom Tyler and his crew investigate. Still, some of them were capable of murder. A third murder puts everyone on even higher alert.

Although the blurb on the book compares this series to Foyle’s War, I believe it’s more reminiscent of P.D. James’s Inspector Adam Dalgleish mysteries. The author conjures up great characters the reader can feel empathy for. And her description brings the time and place to life for readers.

Maureen Jennings is the same author who brought us the Murdoch Mysteries on television – a series I truly enjoyed. I also enjoyed No Known Grave and look forward to reading more of them (there are two earlier entries in the series).

For readers who enjoy World War II-era historical mysteries, this is one they must try. ( )
  NewsieQ | Mar 2, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0771043295, Paperback)

From the well-known author whose books inspired the wildly popular Murdoch Mysteries TV series, comes the third WWII-era DI Tom Tyler mystery; for fans of Foyle's War, wartime dramas, and, of course, Maureen Jennings!
     It's summer, 1942, and after a tough couple of years, DI Tom Tyler is making a fresh start in Ludlow, Shropshire. On the outskirts of town, St. Anne's Convalescent Hospital, staffed by nursing sisters who are Anglican nuns, has been established in an old manor house to help victims of the war to recover. After a horrifying double murder is discovered on the grounds, Tyler must figure out how the crime could have occurred in such a secluded and presumably impenetrable place, where most of the patients are unable to walk or are blind, or both, not to mention deeply traumatized.
     To add to the puzzle, Tyler begins almost immediately to receive mysterious letters recounting terrible crimes far away. He realizes that he is not only seeking the murderer, but that the horrors of the war are closing in on this place that was meant to be a refuge.
     Maureen Jennings, beloved author of the Murdoch novels that inspired the popular TV series (known as The Artful Detective in the US), surpasses herself in this vivid portrayal of wartime Britain, brilliantly blending a classic murder mystery with a deeply human story of how the effects of war live on far from the fields of battle.

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It's summer, 1942, and after a tough couple of years, DI Tom Tyler is making a fresh start in Ludlow, Shropshire. On the outskirts of town, St. Anne's Convalescent Hospital, staffed by nursing sisters who are Anglican nuns, has been established in an old manor house to help victims of the war to recover. After a horrifying double murder is discovered on the grounds, Tyler must figure out how the crime could have occurred in such a secluded and presumably impenetrable place, where most of the patients are unable to walk or are blind, or both, not to mention deeply traumatized.… (more)

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