Summary

It's 1919. The Derbyshire village of Wenfield is still coming to terms with the loss of so many of its sons when the brutal murder of a young girl shatters its hard-won tranquility. Myrtle Bligh is found stabbed, her mouth slit to accommodate a dead dove. During the war Myrtle volunteered as a nurse, working at the nearby big house, Tarnhey Court. When two more women are found murdered, Inspector Albert Lincoln is sent up from London. Albert begins to investigate, and the Cartwright family of Tarnhey Court and their staff fall under suspicion. With rumours of a ghostly soldier, the village is thrown into a state of panic - and with the killer still on the loose, who will be next?
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4 out of 5 stars
By AmyAlice on 04-09-17

historical stand alone crime

What made the experience of listening to A High Mortality of Doves the most enjoyable?

The story is a slow-burn style that unfolds steadily and creepily! Kate Ellis is known for a couple of crime series that are well-loved yet this reveals her strengths in a new arena. The story is set after 'WW1 and we follow a small community where there are repeated murders of women.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A High Mortality of Doves?

The twist at the end I did not see coming!

Have you listened to any of Peter Noble’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I was totally caught up in the characters and who would be killed next. I was sure I had guessed right who the killer was -- wrong!!

Any additional comments?

I feel that this book is a credit to Kate Ellis and if you enjoy her other series, try this. It reveals a deeper use of psychological depth to her characters. Her creating of an atmosphere and ability to slowly reveal a small community with all its murky underside was also a strength.More please Ms Ellis!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lee on 08-05-18

Excellent post war crime novel.

I don't know why this novel has been so overlooked by readers as it's cracking! Set in a small English village just after the First World War we follow the lives of the inhabitants in the wake of a series of murders. The description the author gives of aftermath of the war on the daily lives of the people is stunning and had me running to Google on more than one occasion to find out more. I'm not saying it's an edge of the seat gruesome who dun it because it's not rather it's a slow burner which pulls you in and gently reveals the clues and the red herrings at it goes along. It does have some twists but these were incidental as I was totally invested in the characters.

The only slight hiccup I found with the book was every so often within the narration the narrator would really emphasise the last word of a sentence when it wasn't needed but that aside I'm so glad I picked this gem up in the sale - BOGOF. I preferred this book to the one I paid for!

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