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Fantastic. Love J M Halls works. Have started my collection to re-read when the mood suits. The stories flow effortlessly and you get to know each character whilst working out the whodunnits ⭐️

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Retired teachers Pat, Liz and Thelma are happiest whiling away their hours over coffee, cake and chat at the Thirsk Garden Centre café. But when their good friend tells them about an unsettling experience she had in a sinister-feeling charity shop, they simply can’t resist investigating…Because the entire shop has vanished into thin air. Before long, our trio of unlikely sleuths find themselves embroiled in a race against the clock to get to the bottom of this mystery – but who has a secret to hide and how far will they go to keep it concealed? This is part of a series…. Note to publishers…..please put that on the cover somewhere?? It would have helped to have read the previous books to know the characters better but it was still a fun cozy with interesting characters and a clever plot.

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The third Thelma, Pat and Liz mystery finds them investigating when one of their friends said a thrift store vanished overnight.

I did not realize this was a series when I started it (it was not marked on the cover), and so I was not used to the way these characters go in the book. It alternates between their three perspectives. I think people should read the others before this one to be more familiar with the writing style.

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I was unaware this book was part of a series before I requested it, but it worked find as a standalone. Perhaps reading the previous books first would have helped me *know* the main characters better so I could have just focused on the plot. I did like the writing style of the author and the mystery plot was solid. So I think I'll go back and read the first two books and maybe revisit this one.

The synopsis said this series is perfect for fans of The Thursday Murder Club, and I agree that if you enjoy this series then you should try this one out.

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for providing me a digital reviewer copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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This the is third outing for Pat, Liz and Thelma, our retired school teacher threesome. A Clock Stopped Dead tells the story of a mysterious disappearing charity shop, and is full of suspicious activity with a strange death.

I have read the previous two stories, and I'll still admit to having difficulty separating Pat, Liz and Thelma in my mind, even after three books! I enjoyed the comedic Margueritte and her foray into the supernatural, but I do feel like there was too much dialogue for a novel.

Overall, an enjoyable cosy mystery, it was fun to catch up with the trio.

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A welcome return to this cosy mystery series with friends Pat, Thelma and Liz, where they are once again pulled into investigating an unusual occurrence. This time it is when a friend tells them about a disappearing shop.
With its of little twists and turns and absolutely delightful characters, the reader is carried along as the ladies pursue the clues to uncover what exactly is happening.
Another enticing read buy J. M. Hall.

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A Clock Stopped Dead was a great cosy mystery. It had interesting characters and an enjoyable storyline.

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for my ARC.

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This was my first foray into this series with these characters and I can tell you now I’ll be going back and reading the first two in this series! What an enjoyable read! I couldn’t put it down!
Thank you to the publisher for an early read of this one!!

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What a amazing cosy mystery story with great storyline and great characters. Really liked the writing style and the cover is beautiful will definitely read more from this author.

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A Clock Stopped Dead is the third in a cozy mystery series that revolves around our 3 main characters, Liz, Pat, and Thelma. They are retired school teachers who live in a small town in England. It’s all very cozy until you take into account that they consider themselves amateur sleuths and involve themselves in local murders!

I really enjoyed the first 2 books in this series, but found that this one was a bit too slow for me and it couldn’t really hold my attention. I would still really recommend this series!

Thank you to Avon Books for my copy of this!

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Retired teachers Pat , Liz and Thelma are back and they don’t disappoint.
Marguerite a friend of the sleuthing trio has a strange experience where a charity shop suddenly disappears!
The experience of Marguerites is hard to believe but the trio don’t hang about and try and get to the bottom of the weird incident.
There are amateur dramatics and a car crash to add in to the mystery which makes the cosy mystery a perfect read .
I really like the dynamic between Pat , Liz and Thelma and the characters have grown throughout the series and I enjoy learning more about the home lives and their families.
An easy to read book which kept me gripped.
Thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books UK.

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It's a welcome return to the retired teachers who meet in a garden centre cafe and it's JM Hall's best yet.

A Clock Stopped Dead is an entertaining cosy murder. It's a pleasure to catch up with Liz, Pat and Thelma at Thirsk Garden Centre cafe, Yorkshire.

This is the oddest mystery to date. In this third outing for the retired teachers, they are confronted with a bizarre event. A charity shop apparently goes missing. There's quite a bit of suspicious activity at play and a death and it keeps you guessing until the end.
Alongside the mystery we also have more insights into Liz, Pat and Thelma, who, being retired teachers you can see how they connect together well, as well as leading their separate lives. They're very well written.

A Clock Stopped Dead is a curious, unique read and that's where its qualities lie.

If cosy mysteries are your bag, then give how about giving this a try.

It may be a third outing, after A Spoonful of Murder and a Pen Dipped In Poison, but it can still be read as a standalone.

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Another great instalment from retired teachers Pat, Liz and Thelma and their sleuthing ways around Thirsk
This time it’s the great mystery of the disappearing charity shop, their friend Marguerite claims to have encountered a charity shop at an abandoned place on a foggy night, which has since disappeared - which I personally found a little too far fetched, with too many sub plots and I ended up confused.
However as this is the third book in the series, I love that we are really getting to know the characters and their families, especially their husbands.
Thanks @jm_hall_writer, @avonbooksuk & @netgalley for a perfect, witty, cosy mystery series

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Pat, Liz, Thelma and Marguerite are retired teachers. When Marguerite experiences a haunting encounter one foggy night, Pat Liz and Thelma set off to investigate the paranormal, only to find themselves sleuthing a potential murder mystery.

This was a whodunnit that was full of twists and turns and tangents and red herrings. We have the central story of the investigation into Margeurite's paranormal experience; we have the murder mystery; we have the side plots of Pat and Liz' children coming home, and all of the threads knitting together to come to the final conclusion.

The friendship between the three main characters, Pat, Liz and Thelma, was warm and genuine, and relatable, however I did find the constant references to them being "women of a certain age" got a little tiresome (we didn't need references to Pat's LBL when she laughed). The husbands, villagers and supporting cast however, were very one-dimensional characters, and their tangents and threads lead nowhere.

There was a LOT going on at all times in this book, which I think muddied the story, and made it all just a little too convoluted and the final outcome a little too contrived for me.

It was an ok read for me, but others who are more into twisty Miss Marple/Midsomer Murder mysteries may get more enjoyment out of it than I did.

~ Many thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review~

NOTE: I also listened to the audiobook of this through Audible. The narrator Julie Hesmondhalgh gave a fantastic reading, infusing warmth and vibrancy into all the different characters.

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It was so lovely to catch up with Pat, Thelma and Liz and their Thursday morning coffee get-together at the Garden Centre to set the world to rights. A mutual friend, Marguerite experiences a strange out of this world event. She thinks she has been locked in a charity shop with a clock stopped at 14.50. All is not what it seems when she tells the ladies her story!! This leads the retired school teachers on one of their investigations into the event. All in all, this was a great read, well written and very descriptive. It is full of twists and turns with a red herring or two thrown into the plot. I couldn't stop reading! I recommend this book.

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Another brilliant and gripping story that really kept you going until the end. I absolutely loved it.

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What a joy to return to the lives of retired teachers Pat, Liz, and Thelma. They have another mystery to solve with an apparent supernatural and spooky twist. A really enjoyable, cozy mystery, where we learn more of our heroines characters and families and their joys and sorrows. This series always puts a smile on my face and I look forward to the next instalment. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the AOC of this novel in return for an honest review.

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Not a book I would have chosen browsing the shelves in a bookshop, but thought I would give it a go. Certainly a different read for me but was very enjoyable.

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** “You can think one thing only to find out it’s not true at all.” **

J.M. Hall delivers another quirky mystery featuring a trio of retired schoolteachers in “A Clock Stopped Dead.”

When Marguerite — good friend to Pat, Liz and Thelma — tells them of the incident where she sees a charity shop while waiting for her train on a foggy night, they’re intrigued. Especially when they find out the shop has disappeared into thin air. And a fatal car accident occurred near the site immediately after Marguerite’s experience.

They quickly look into the situation, with the help of the accident victim’s sister Brid. What follows is a wacky and intriguing tale that gets more and more mysterious the more the ladies dig.

Hall does a great job of developing the fun and plucky Liz, Pat and Thelma, as well as other quirky and mysterious characters. He creates a plot that leaves readers guessing what the connections are between various situations and characters.

Fans of series like Richard Osman’s “The Thursday Murder Club,” Robert Thorogood’s “The Marlow Murder Club” and Peter Boland’s “The Charity Shop Detective Agency Mysteries” will love “A Clock Stopped Dead.”

One disclaimer: this novel does contain some usage of coarse language, most of all which occurs in the final quarter of the book.

Five stars out of five.

Avon provided this complimentary copy through NetGalley for my honest, unbiased review.

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I am really enjoying this series. The characters are so likeable, the mystery is clever. Even if you haven’t read the others you can still follow along. Such an easy read with a great plot. Highly recommend this one. Thank you #net galley

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