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A Lesson in Dying by Ann Cleeves
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A Lesson in Dying (1990)

by Ann Cleeves

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This is just a good, solid, no-nonsense whodunit. There aren't a lot of bells and whistles, but the author gives us a village filled with flawed, complex, believable people, a victim no one is sorry to see dead, and lots of possible suspects. The odd thing is that the policeman the series is named for isn't really the protagonist in this first novel in the series -- I'd say Jack, the school caretaker, is the real focus. While Inspector Ramsay is all to quick to jump to conclusions, Jack is determined to find the real killer. It's a very short book which kept me turning pages so that I read it almost in one sitting. Very enjoyable. ( )
  tymfos | Aug 18, 2013 |
Stephen Ramsey series, very good series ( )
  fordbarbara | Jun 18, 2008 |
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To the pupils, staff and parents of Holywell First School - to which Heppleburn Primary bears no resemblance at all.
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At one time you could see fifteen working mines from Heppleburn churchyard.
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Who hanged the headmaster in the playground on the night of the school Halloween Party? Almost everyone in Heppleburn either hated or feared the viper-tongued Harold Medburn. Inspector Ramsay is convinced it was the headmaster's enigmatic wife but Jack Robson, school governor and caretaker, is determined to prove her innocence. With the help of his restless enthusiastic daughter, Patty, Jack digs into the secrets of Heppleburn, and uncovers a cesspit - of lies, adultery, blackmail and madness.… (more)

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