False Witness

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Book 16 of An Abbot Agency Mystery
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Pub Date Jul 02 2024 | Archive Date Jun 30 2024

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The restoration of a stately home takes a deadly turn in the gripping new Bea Abbot mystery.

No one had been more surprised than Julian to find he was the heir to Marston Hall, a stately home in the Home Counties. His hitherto unknown relatives had done their best to ensure he didn’t live to inherit, but with his ill-wishers in jail, Julian and his wife Polly celebrated the birth of their son and heir and set about the uphill task of restoring the neglected Tudor mansion to its former glory.   


Bea Abbot is called in when yet another attempt is made on Julian’s life and the corpse of a woman is found in the stables at the Hall. Could the relatives who targeted Julian before be behind this murder, and what is the link between the dead woman and the Marston-Lang family? Something wicked is afoot at Marston Hall, and Bea is determined to get to the bottom of it.

The restoration of a stately home takes a deadly turn in the gripping new Bea Abbot mystery.

No one had been more surprised than Julian to find he was the heir to Marston Hall, a stately home in the...

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I want to thank NetGalley and Severn House Publishing for the opportunity to read this early draft before publishing. False Witness is book 17 of the Abbott Agency mystery series, but is the first in the series for me. However, for a book late in a long series I had no trouble getting into it and following along. Apparently this was, while a separate story, a continuation of an earlier tale. But again, that did not prove to be a problem, in fact, I quite enjoyed it. The main character in the series, is a bit different from those in most other series that I have read. Bea Abbott is the owner of an employment agency, but with a talent for solving mysteries. The story takes place in a remote country estate, who's new owner is in the midst of some badly needed updates and repairs. However, as the estate is the main source of employment in the community, having it shut down even for necessary repairs does not go over well with some. In fact, there have been attempts on his life. It's a good dark cozy mystery, with very interesting characters and an array of possible culprits. I enjoyed the authors writing style which draws you smoothly along, a with a well described setting and good humor to go along with the engaging mystery. If you enjoy Agatha Christie style mysteries you will enjoy this book.

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Someone doesn't want Julian to renovate Marston Hall. There have been attempts on his life and now a body in the stables. Bea Abbott, our intrepid amateur (although at book 17, she's really just an unofficial investigator rather than an amateur), is drafted to answer the question of who and why. This is a zippy little cozy with good atmospherics and characters. Yes it's the latest in a long running series but it will be fine as a standalone. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good one.

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