On the eve of World War II, Dr. Benjamin Bones is at war with himself. While most young men are being sent away to fight the Germans, Ben is chosen to serve on English soil. Ordered to move to wild, beautiful Cornwall, he must trade his posh London office and stylish city life for the tiny village of Birdswing, which has a population of 1,221 souls.
But leaving his home and shelving his career ambitions aren't the only sacrifices he faces. His unfaithful wife, Penny, is accompanying him to Cornwall in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. But moments after their arrival, Penny is run down in the street, and Ben is almost fatally injured. And while the villagers assume Penny's death to be an accident, Ben quickly deduces it was murder.
As he convalesces in Fenton House, which the locals call haunted, Ben meets Birdswing's eccentric inhabitants. Mr. Gaston, the volunteer air warden who's obsessed with defending his remote village against Nazi spies; Mrs. Cobblepot, a thoroughly practical housekeeper who believes in fairies; and Lady Juliet Linton, a prickly, headstrong aristocrat who won't take no for an answer.
While adapting to life during Britain's "War at Home," a time of ration books, victory gardens, bomb shelters, and the Blackout, Ben sets about solving the mystery of Penny's murder - with a little help from Lady Juliet and the Fenton House ghost.
Marriage Can Be Murder is the new cozy mystery series from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Emma Jameson.
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By BikeVON on 14-05-17
Good start then becomes a disappointment
This started with potential and dropped like a bomb. The reviews were divided, so I thought to give it a try. It had a good start.
Ben is a widower his first night in his wife’s hometown. Penny, his wife, was from Birdswing where, as the cliché says, everyone knows everyone's name. Birdswing is, the on the Cornwall coast in pre-WWII England.
Ben, is moody; he can’t walk, he is stuck in a dark second-floor bedroom, and he feels more grateful than guilty about his wife’s death. He and Penny got married quickly and did not know each other. This trip to her hometown was an opportunity for them to reconnect. Ben was ready to divorce, but the shame made the act less desirable.
His services were needed, and he is taken to the town’s wealthy matriarch. This seems to be a good opportunity. There is no doctor between this town and the neighboring one. He is a male over 16 and under 65 and a doctor. They even set him up in a house/office, staff, and equipment. The equipment was antiquated, but it just demonstrated the effort the town went through.
With all the warm welcome, yet someone killed his wife and no one wants to speak ill of the dead.
This gets him motivated to solve his wife’s murder. The town is rich with quirky and charming characters which make it entertaining to read. The story is set in WWII. After each introduction, there was the question of did they do it. With 4 hours left in the book, the plot drops and things start to drag. I was disappointed. I should have gone with the other reviews. Oh well.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Marie on 04-10-15
Bland Dr. Bones
I had mixed feelings while listening to this book. The plot was interesting but not complex. I had the who and why figured out long before the end. Lady Juliet is fun, if a bit obsessive about her looks and personality. She is an individual with a distinct persona. Dr. Bones, our supposed hero, on the other hand, is bland and one-dimensional. His lack of interest in his wife's death is odd. He never asks about the funeral or how her family reacted. Even the secondary characters are more interesting. I don't think the author was able to get in touch with her "male" side and Bones suffers for it. Of course the narrator's laconic, at time dismissive, reading of Bones doesn't help. I doubt I will revisit the series.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful