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Hardcastle's Collector by Graham Ison
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His partner Detective Sergeant Charles Marriott and a young and eager Detective Constable Yardley from Hampshire police. Ihe story is set in the time period of World War 1,1917 Hampshire County is the village the murder took place in. If you like Hardcastle you will like this book also.
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  druidgirl | Mar 31, 2016 |
Sleuthing in the country!

I enjoyed watching Detective Inspector Hardcastle make his way through this murder case, with the long suffering Detective Sergeant Charles Marriott.
Hardcastle's prejudices still abound, his intuitive understandings are still a puzzle given the man's inability to empathize.
This time Hardcastle and his sidekick are off to the country to investigate the murder of a young woman, Daisy Salter. The list of suspects could be long--or not! There is an army camp not too far away and Daisy has caused a ruckus already with soldiers from there.
It's 1917, London is being bombed, death is falling from the skies.
Surprising insights, cameo parts really, into Hardcastle's relationship with his wife and daughter emerge. The war is changing woman's roles and Hardcastle seems to be accepting this with regard to his daughter. The discussion in the family parlour (with a touch of alcohol involved) is rather heartwarming.
Another gem was the treatise on the role of the PC's wife in this era. It is they that Hardcastle turns to for the background and village opinions about various persons of interest.
There are some unlikely twists. Once you know the suspect the clues were there. Very subtle.

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  eyes.2c | Jan 31, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 072788557X, Hardcover)

Detective Inspector Hardcastle ruffles feathers in a sleepy Hampshire village, when he investigates the murder of a local girl

August 1917. The head of the CID at Scotland Yard sends Divisional Detective Inspector Ernest Hardcastle and Detective Sergeant Charles Marriott of the Whitehall Division of the Metropolitan Police to a small Hampshire village, to investigate the murder of a local girl.

For once, Hardcastle has plenty of suspects. Was the murderer one of Daisy Salter’s many suitors? Was it the shifty individual who left the local pub and disappeared the moment he saw Hardcastle? Or could it have been Daisy’s own father?

In an entirely different world from London, Hardcastle is forced to adapt to the slower pace of country life, and he soon finds he is ruffling feathers as he carries out his investigations in his own inimitable fashion.

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