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The Quartet Murders (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
A priceless violin. And a dark secret someone is prepared to kill for.
Revised edition: This edition of The Quartet Murders includes editorial revisions.
DCI Oldroyd has seen his fair share of victims, but he has never witnessed a murder—until now. When world-famous violinist Hans Muller is shot and killed during a concert, the detective is faced with a case beyond logic. The culprit is nowhere to be found—and the victim’s priceless violin has disappeared too.
As Oldroyd investigates the mystery of the murderer’s identity and the motive for the killing, he enters the ruthless world of wealthy instrument collectors and stumbles upon a dark path where shocking secrets have been buried in the past. But the secrets will soon take centre stage.
Oldroyd must use all his cunning to recover the priceless instrument. But can he also solve the mystery of a murderer who vanished in front of his own eyes?
About the Author
John R. Ellis has lived in Yorkshire for most of his life and has spent many years exploring Yorkshire’s diverse landscapes, history, language and communities. He recently retired after a career in teaching, mostly in further education in the Leeds area. In addition to the Yorkshire Murder Mystery series he writes poetry, ghost stories and biography. He has completed a screenplay about the last years of the poet Edward Thomas and a work of faction about the extraordinary life of his Irish mother-in-law. He is currently working on his memoirs of growing up in a working-class area of Huddersfield in the 1950s and 1960s.
- ASIN : B0796TZWB1
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (9 Aug. 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 3823 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 305 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1503903095
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,775 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Indeed the apprehension of one murderer is announced in just one sentence and the Met police seem to do most of the serious criminal work as if by magic whilst many pages are taken up with repetitions of Armitage's inability to buy Xmas presents. Despite these criticisms , I found some of the East German aspects of the book to be excellent as were the moral dilemmas of owning/playing looted instruments. Perhaps in future better proof reading and more rigorous editing could give us a really gripping " Yorkshire " crime fiction book.
I liked the information regarding the Stradivarii at the beginning of each chapter. It added to the plot knowing how sought after these violins are, and the vast quantities of money people will pay to get one....by fair means or foul!
As many reviewers have mentioned, there is a problem with the proof reading. Missing words, typos and grammatical errors which had me re-reading parts for them to make sense. Also for me personally, the chapters were far too long. Many times after having to stop midway through one, I lost the thread and had to back track. I think they could be a lot shorter without losing anything from the plot.
I will look forward to reading more about Oldroyd and the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
The character development of Oldroyd and his assistant Carter unfolds alongside their investigations. The setting, is again, beautiful North Yorkshire - an area I know well, which makes the novel even more enjoyable to read.
I really appreciate the refreshing style of the author's writing. For me this novel stands out when compared with other crime novels.
Hope there are more to come!
That said, I found things more enjoyable once I had struggled to the half way point and worked out who was who!
As I bought the 4 book series as a Kindle deal, I hope volumes 3 and 4 are a bit better.
Alas, as it stands, I will not be actively seeking out other novels from J.R. Ellis.............................