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Marriage Can Be Murder by Emma Jameson

Marriage Can Be Murder

by Emma Jameson

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Series: Dr. Benjamin Bones (1)

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Marriage Can Be Murder - Jameson
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A new historical mystery series, #1 of the Dr. Benjamin Bones Mysteries.! Yeah! It’s an English country village mystery, set in Cornwall at the beginning of WW2. The young Dr. Bones is secunded, not to an army hospital, but to an obscure, country village. Before he can begin his practice, his unlamented wife is killed and he is seriously injured by a hit and run lorry driver, unidentified in the dark of the blackout. Accident or murder ? Well, that’s a no-brainer.

For me, this is perfect listening material. A lightweight mystery in a pleasantly predictable setting. There’s a little romance, a little paranormal activity, some humor and a limited amount of violence. Just right for mild distraction while driving and doing chores. ( )
  msjudy | Aug 23, 2017 |
I bought this book because of the author's other series, Lord & Lady Hetheridge and didn't like it as well.
Dr. Bones and his wife Penny are heading to Cornwall on his assignment by the government during WWII and trying to mend their marriage after a betrayal by Penny. They arrive at night and because of the blackout it's difficult to know exactly where they are. They are crossing the street and are hit by a car, Penny is killed and the doctor wakes up in the hospital with multiple fractures. He remember the car backing up and running over Penny and determines to find out who murdered her. Lady Juliet befriends him and they start an investigation into the quirkly characters living in the village. ( )
  Kathy89 | Sep 26, 2015 |
Marriage Can Be Murder was a good mystery that I can recommend. Set during WWII in the English countryside, with two excellent main characters, Dr. Benjamin Bones and Lady Juliet, who end up working together to solve the mystery. It's the start of a new series, and I look forward to visiting again with those two. It's been called a "cozy", and that seems about right to me.

I'm more a noir and grit guy meself, but this one (a gift from a sister) worked for me, mainly because of the characters, especially Ben and Lady Juliet. She's 6'2", ungainly, with no fashion sense, but sharp, honest, direct, brave, and vulnerable. Ben's a doctor, much shorter, and a decent bloke. They make quite a team. ( )
  jnwelch | Aug 17, 2015 |
I bought this because I am a fan of Jameson's Lord and Lady Hetheridge series. I like this even better. It is set at the very beginning of World War II. My history is a little fuzzy and I think this may be just before the evacuations from Dunkirk. The chief character is a likeable doctor, Benjamin Bones, who is moving with his wife, Penny, back to her home village, Birdswing in Cornwall. The couple are deeply estranged, but have not yet moved toward divorce. In an apparent accident, Penny is killed and Benjamin seriously injured in a car accident in the streets, dark because of the fear of air raids.

Benjamin quickly decides that the murder is no accident, and he divides his time between establishing his practice and trying to investigate Penny's death. Naturally a good bit of gossip about Penny's earlier life surfaces. Village life is not excessively romanticized, and Jameson captures the inevitability of constantly meeting the same people. Benjamin, of course, is a very eligible widower in a town which has lost a lot of it's young men to the army, and he attracts lots of female attention.

I look forward to the sequels. ( )
  juglicerr | May 11, 2015 |
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Murder in Haunted Cornwall

On the eve of World War II, Dr. Benjamin Bones is at war with himself. While most young men are being sent away to fight the Germans, Ben is chosen to serve on English soil. Ordered to move to wild, beautiful Cornwall, he must trade his posh London office and stylish city life for the tiny village of Birdswing, population 1,221 souls. But leaving his home and shelving his career ambitions aren’t the only sacrifices facing Ben. His unfaithful wife, Penny, is accompanying him to Cornwall in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. But moments after their arrival, Penny is run down in the street, and Ben is almost fatally injured. And while the villagers assume Penny’s death to be an accident, Ben quickly deduces it was murder.

As he convalesces in Fenton House, which the locals call haunted, Ben meets Birdswing’s eccentric inhabitants. Mr. Gaston, the volunteer air warden, obsessed with defending his remote village against Nazi spies; Mrs. Cobblepot, a thoroughly practical housekeeper who believes in fairies; and Lady Juliet Linton, a prickly, headstrong aristocrat who won’t take no for an answer. While adapting to life during Britain’s “War at Home,” a time of ration books, victory gardens, bomb shelters, and the Blackout, Ben sets about solving the mystery of Penny’s murder—with a little help from Lady Juliet and the Fenton House ghost. [retrieved 5/11/2015 from Amazon.com]
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