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An English Murder Read An English Murder Louise Doughty Polishdarling.co.uk When The Bodies Of The Cowpers, A Reclusive Middle Aged Couple, Are Discovered Brutally Slaughtered And Their Teenage Daughter Goes Missing The Tiny Village Of Nether Bowston Reels In Shock And As The Townspeople Mull Over The First Murder In A Century, Everyone Is Asking The Same Question Where Is Gemma Cowper Just Down The Road From The Murder Scene, Alison Akenside Divides Her Time Between Cultivating Her Roses And Reporting For The Rutland Record Like Gemma, Alison Grew Up In The Village And Knows What It S Like For A Young Girl Whose Dreams Are Far Grander Than Her Prospects Alison Searches For Inside Information On The Murder, Hoping Finally To Sell A Story To A National Newspaper But As The Case Leads Her Into The Darkest Corners Of This Bucolic Town, She Realizes That Not Everything Is What It Seems And Soon Alison, Like The Rest Of Nether Bowston, Will Discover What Really Went On Behind The Tightly Drawn Curtains Of The Cowper Home And Find Out If Gemma Is The Victim Of A Madman Or Something Much Worse.


10 thoughts on “An English Murder

  1. says:

    a very surprising mystery it seems like just a light, old fashioned english village mystery But it kind of isn t It s an easy read, very understated She PERFECTLY describes what it s like working at a weekly newspaper She describes dysfunctional families and aren t they all with frightening accuracy without making the story creepy or disturbing And then there is this murder, which is just very quiet It s not gory or quaint It really isn t even ever solved it just kind of ends a very surprising mystery it seems like just a light, old fashioned english village mystery But it kind of isn t It s an easy read, very understated She PERFECTLY describes what it s like working at a weekly newspaper She describes dysfunctional families and aren t they all with frightening accuracy without making the story creepy or disturbing And then there is this murder, which is just very quiet It s not gory or quaint It really isn t even ever solved...


  2. says:

    I picked this up because the title was evocative of PD James and Agatha Christie, although I hadn t heard of the author As the book unfolded I kept waiting for the plot reversals which define the best works in this genre and waited right up until the very end So this wasn t really a murder mystery after all There is a murder, but it is part of the story s landscape There is a missing person, who becomes a plot device, a means to an end, but not really a character This is essentially a fe I picked this up because the title was evocative of PD James and Agatha Christie, although I hadn t heard of the author As the book unfolded I kept waiting for the plot reversals which define the best works in this genre and waited right up until the very end So this wasn t really a murder mystery after all There is a murder, but it is part of the story s landscape There is a missing person, who becomes a plot device, a means to an end, but not really a character This is essent...


  3. says:

    Back of the book blurbs refer to this book as darkly comic, but the comic aspect eluded me as did the relevance of the title.While this is in the murder mystery genre, it becomes clear who done it early in the book Instead, the real focus is on the family of the couple killed, the next door neighbour and reporter Alison ,and a few other characters The book is engaging in its compelling look at families, at moral dilemmas, and at the potential evil that lurks in all of us The book is a Back of the book blurbs refer to this book as darkly comic, but the comic aspect eluded me as did the relevance of the title.While this is in the murder mystery genre, it becomes clear who done it early in the book Instead, the real focus is on the family of the couple killed, the next door neighbour and reporter Alison ,and a few other characters The book is engaging in its compelling look at families, at mora...


  4. says:

    Honey Dew Anything can happen behind closed doors But nothing does.In an article, the author states that her novels are entirely plot driven but that is not true for this story There is almost no plot to speak of, we spend so much time getting to know the characters that by the time we get around to the plot, it has already reached it s climax and the story is over.All of the characters seem to think they are the most special important person, too big for the small village life they are s Honey Dew Anything can happen behind closed doors But nothing does.In an article, the author st...


  5. says:

    A dark little tale presented as a murder mystery in the English countryside, but really it is less about the murders andabout the darkness in ordinary people s lives Everyone seems to have the potential for malice and violence, whether they know it or not Doughty creates great discomfort by small means The image of the s...


  6. says:

    I picked up this book for 2 reasons the first was the fact that I enjoyed the TV adaptation of the authors book Apple Tree Yard and the second was it was on offer.I d like to say I enjoyed it but although it s not a bad book I felt it was missing something such as a plot reversal ...


  7. says:

    An easy read but intelligent too Loved it.


  8. says:

    The book was interesting and the story moved along quickly The plot was pretty well developed but the characters, in my opinion, were not developed enough There was a lot of hints about the past with portents of how it was going to impact the the future but it didn t clearly materialize None of the characters were particularly likable given what the reader learns about them I feel a bit let down ...


  9. says:

    This certainly did read like a very English murder I enjoy Doughty s bleak sense of humour Apple Tree Yard and Whatever You Love and this easy, understated novel left me in contemplative mood.


  10. says:

    Not who was the most disturbed person, the killer, her parents, the journalist or her mother And she told us whodunnit half way through Not sure what i tought about it, though some very good writing.