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Aunt Bessie considers it an honour to be giving a presentation about her research at a conference at the Manx Museum. Miss Elizabeth Cubbon is known as “Aunt Bessie” to nearly everyone in her hometown of Laxey. While she never earned a college degree, she’s become something of an expert in the history of the island that she’s called home for all of her adult life. Once she Aunt Bessie considers it an honour to be giving a presentation about her research at a conference at the Manx Museum. Miss Elizabeth Cubbon is known as “Aunt Bessie” to nearly everyone in her hometown of Laxey. While she never earned a college degree, she’s become something of an expert in the history of the island that she’s called home for all of her adult life. Once she turned sixty, she stopped counting how many years that includes. Aunt Bessie considers it unfair when the entire conference schedule is thrown into disarray by Mack Dickson’s sudden arrival. Mack promises that what he has to say is important enough to warrant the upheaval. But even more turmoil follows when Bessie discovers Mack’s body only a short time after he’s finished giving his speech. Aunt Bessie considers Police Inspector Peter Corkill a poor substitute for her friend, John Rockwell. But the Manx Museum is out of Rockwell’s jurisdiction and that means Corkill is in charge of the investigation, no matter what Bessie thinks. With Corkill insisting that Mack’s death was probably an unfortunate accident, Mack’s slides that shocked the conference disappear. Bessie finds herself drawn into another investigation, and she’s determined to drag her friends, Rockwell, Doona and Hugh, in with her. This is the third book in the Isle of Man Cozy Mystery Series.


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Aunt Bessie considers it an honour to be giving a presentation about her research at a conference at the Manx Museum. Miss Elizabeth Cubbon is known as “Aunt Bessie” to nearly everyone in her hometown of Laxey. While she never earned a college degree, she’s become something of an expert in the history of the island that she’s called home for all of her adult life. Once she Aunt Bessie considers it an honour to be giving a presentation about her research at a conference at the Manx Museum. Miss Elizabeth Cubbon is known as “Aunt Bessie” to nearly everyone in her hometown of Laxey. While she never earned a college degree, she’s become something of an expert in the history of the island that she’s called home for all of her adult life. Once she turned sixty, she stopped counting how many years that includes. Aunt Bessie considers it unfair when the entire conference schedule is thrown into disarray by Mack Dickson’s sudden arrival. Mack promises that what he has to say is important enough to warrant the upheaval. But even more turmoil follows when Bessie discovers Mack’s body only a short time after he’s finished giving his speech. Aunt Bessie considers Police Inspector Peter Corkill a poor substitute for her friend, John Rockwell. But the Manx Museum is out of Rockwell’s jurisdiction and that means Corkill is in charge of the investigation, no matter what Bessie thinks. With Corkill insisting that Mack’s death was probably an unfortunate accident, Mack’s slides that shocked the conference disappear. Bessie finds herself drawn into another investigation, and she’s determined to drag her friends, Rockwell, Doona and Hugh, in with her. This is the third book in the Isle of Man Cozy Mystery Series.

30 review for Aunt Bessie Considers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I am enjoying this series more with each book I read. I have never been to the Isle of Man but I really wish I had! I think by book three the author has got into the swing of things and this reader at least has started to really enjoy the characters, the setting and the way each story evolves. These books are obviously cosies, but they are still sensible and rational and do not dwell too much on food as most of the genre seems to do. Although I have to admit Aunt Bessie does eat a lot. And she re I am enjoying this series more with each book I read. I have never been to the Isle of Man but I really wish I had! I think by book three the author has got into the swing of things and this reader at least has started to really enjoy the characters, the setting and the way each story evolves. These books are obviously cosies, but they are still sensible and rational and do not dwell too much on food as most of the genre seems to do. Although I have to admit Aunt Bessie does eat a lot. And she relies on many cups of coffee and tea to get her through. Maybe there is a lot about food...… Anyway, Aunt Bessie is a smart and very likeable lady and her policeman friend is a believable asset. Like any cosy series the reader just has to accept that some people find dead bodies on a regular basis while the rest of us hardly ever do. That is not too hard a premise to swallow and the resultant stories are worth the effort. I will be reading book 4 very soon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Aunt Bessie solves another murder! I liked the format in this one...it's a bit different but in the end it had just a few dashes of a Perry-Mason-esque final reveal which was fun to read. And I guessed the murderer, too! On scant initial evidence. Content: a few swears Aunt Bessie solves another murder! I liked the format in this one...it's a bit different but in the end it had just a few dashes of a Perry-Mason-esque final reveal which was fun to read. And I guessed the murderer, too! On scant initial evidence. Content: a few swears

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eddi

    This is my third Aunt Bessie book. These light-hearted mysteries, set on the Isle of Man, with a charming elderly auntie to the entire community, and her quirky friends, are entertaining and fun. Nothing heavy, just good old escapist fun.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Another easily read but truly enjoyed little murder mystery on Isle of Man featuring the endearing Aunt Bessie who seems to be a divining rod, forever discovering dead bodies. This time up there is archaeology conference scheduled at Manx Museum where Bessie is one of the scheduled speakers and many of her friends will be in attendance. The conference has a last-minute change in the first speaker that causes resentment and a certain amount of mayhem. The dude who pulls off this upset delivers asto Another easily read but truly enjoyed little murder mystery on Isle of Man featuring the endearing Aunt Bessie who seems to be a divining rod, forever discovering dead bodies. This time up there is archaeology conference scheduled at Manx Museum where Bessie is one of the scheduled speakers and many of her friends will be in attendance. The conference has a last-minute change in the first speaker that causes resentment and a certain amount of mayhem. The dude who pulls off this upset delivers astounding news about discovering Roman remains on the Isle of Man -- but did he really? You will have to read to find out. Kindle Unlimited

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    The normally sanguine Elizabeth Cubbon — called Aunt Bessie by virtually everyone on the Isle of Man — is dreading her presentation at a conference on Isle of Man history and archeology. Although she hasn’t a degree, Aunt Bessie has collected quite a lot of knowledge in seven-plus decades — nearly all of which have been spent on her native Isle of Man, and she is well respected in her field of 19th century wills and what they reveal about family relationships. But Aunt Bessie’s fears are pushed The normally sanguine Elizabeth Cubbon — called Aunt Bessie by virtually everyone on the Isle of Man — is dreading her presentation at a conference on Isle of Man history and archeology. Although she hasn’t a degree, Aunt Bessie has collected quite a lot of knowledge in seven-plus decades — nearly all of which have been spent on her native Isle of Man, and she is well respected in her field of 19th century wills and what they reveal about family relationships. But Aunt Bessie’s fears are pushed entirely aside when she discovers the body of Dr. Mack Dickson, a pushy archeologist who opened the conference with a jaw-dropping discovery: Roman artifacts on the Isle of Man! Local police in the city of Douglas think Dickson’s death was accidental, but Aunt Bessie — and her friend Inspector John Rockwell from neighboring Ramsey — think differently. So does Dickson’s pretty blonde girlfriend. So who killed Dickson? A rival archeologist, many of whom had been bested and belittled by Dickson? Or a former flame of the womanizing professor? I never guessed the culprit, and I enjoyed this novel, probably more than the first two in the series, Aunt Bessie Assumes and Aunt Bessie Believes. However, the resolution had an element that was just silly. (view spoiler)[The murderer confesses at the first intimation that Aunt Bessie knows who it is, just as completely as if she were on an old Perry Mason episode. Sheesh! How implausible is that? (hide spoiler)] Still, I had so much fun with Aunt Bessie, that I don’t how I’ll be able to wait until January to read the fourth installment in the series, Aunt Bessie Decides!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Belknap

    A fun read! I'm so glad I've discovered this mystery series! These are the sort of cozy mysteries that go perfectly with a cup of tea, some snacks, and a quiet night in. I can't wait to read the next one! A fun read! I'm so glad I've discovered this mystery series! These are the sort of cozy mysteries that go perfectly with a cup of tea, some snacks, and a quiet night in. I can't wait to read the next one!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    The book has a strong sense of place, makes me want to visit the Isle of Man. I've always enjoyed the British culture and this is the same with a little twist. The subject matter, an archeological/history conference, adds to the sense of place and knowledge of the area. As in all cozy mysteries it is a bit formulaic, but the characters are well-developed and there are plenty of suspects and twists and turns in the plot. Sometimes even the nicest people end up being the murderer. The book has a strong sense of place, makes me want to visit the Isle of Man. I've always enjoyed the British culture and this is the same with a little twist. The subject matter, an archeological/history conference, adds to the sense of place and knowledge of the area. As in all cozy mysteries it is a bit formulaic, but the characters are well-developed and there are plenty of suspects and twists and turns in the plot. Sometimes even the nicest people end up being the murderer.

  8. 4 out of 5

    J Alm

    Another wonderful story from the Isle of Man and Aunt Bessie In this third adventure, Aunt Bessie is taking part as well as attending a conference at the museum. All goes to pot when Dr Mack Dickson turns up demanding to take the first talk. George Quale is paying the lion's share of the costs and agrees for him to do so, upsetting many at the conference. However later on Mack is found dead, it is assumed it is a food allergy but Bambi his girlfriend thinks it was murder. Unlucky for Bessie she ends Another wonderful story from the Isle of Man and Aunt Bessie In this third adventure, Aunt Bessie is taking part as well as attending a conference at the museum. All goes to pot when Dr Mack Dickson turns up demanding to take the first talk. George Quale is paying the lion's share of the costs and agrees for him to do so, upsetting many at the conference. However later on Mack is found dead, it is assumed it is a food allergy but Bambi his girlfriend thinks it was murder. Unlucky for Bessie she ends up in the middle but this time she is in Douglas out of her friends' area. Now she has to deal with Inspector Corkill who apparently thinks she is like Miss Marple, after hearing about her previous police interactions. Bessie is not as keen on the inspector but is happy to let the police deal with things. Siding on the side of an unfortunate incident the police do not wish to claim murder until Bambi is also harmed. With the help of her friends, Bessie deals with all the problems emerging with the investigation. It was a very easy flowing story and enjoyable to read. The story has it's conclusion within, so it can be read as a stand-alone but it is best to read from the start so you can fully appreciate the characters development. The characters' developments are coming on well. They are like a group of close friends now. The story brought up some interesting aspects of conference running and gave some past characters from previous books to have a bigger part to play in this story. Looking forward to the next instalment.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Another fun - if murder can be fun - adventure with Aunt Bessie. This time she is attending a three day conference in the capital city of the Isle of Man, Douglas, at the Manx National Heritage Museum. Everyone has been looking forward to this most informative meeting of the minds until one of the presenters turns up dead. The conference staggers on in spite of the mysterious death and Aunt Bessie puts her now considerable investigative skills to work to try and sort out what has happened. Is it Another fun - if murder can be fun - adventure with Aunt Bessie. This time she is attending a three day conference in the capital city of the Isle of Man, Douglas, at the Manx National Heritage Museum. Everyone has been looking forward to this most informative meeting of the minds until one of the presenters turns up dead. The conference staggers on in spite of the mysterious death and Aunt Bessie puts her now considerable investigative skills to work to try and sort out what has happened. Is it simply an unfortunate "natural causes" death or is it murder? In an interesting twist, Bessie butts heads with a new police inspector, Peter Corkill, as Douglas is out of her beloved John Rockwell's jurisdiction. Inspector Corkill makes it quite clear from the start that he has no use for Aunt Bessie's help. Can she win him over or will she have to take a back seat this time through? I guessed the outcome pretty early on but it was still fun to go along for the ride. On to Aunt Bessie Decides!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Toller

    Aunt Bessie Another great Aunt Bessie mystery. This is a great series. The editing was superb and the characters were well developed. I did not figure out the murderer until the end. This book kept me so engaged that I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend this book and the series as well. Aunt Bessie Another great Aunt Bessie mystery. This is a great series. The editing was superb and the characters were well developed. I did not figure out the murderer until the end. This book kept me so engaged that I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend this book and the series as well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Fair

    Very good book. I have just recently started reading this series, and find it to be well written. The island is described so well, that the reader can almost see it. This is an excellent mystery that is loaded with suspense and innuendos as to who the killer is. The surprise ending will surprise you.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tania Walker

    What's not to love! I thoroughly enjoy reading the adventures of Aunt Bessie, Doona, Hugh and Inspector Rockwell. Also , I long to visit the Isle of Man. Even though I'm not there reading these stories transports my imagination to this lovely place. I'm ready to read the next story. What's not to love! I thoroughly enjoy reading the adventures of Aunt Bessie, Doona, Hugh and Inspector Rockwell. Also , I long to visit the Isle of Man. Even though I'm not there reading these stories transports my imagination to this lovely place. I'm ready to read the next story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    My favorite in this series so far. I am really enjoying this series. Set isle of man the author brings the place alive , great characters an unlikely set of friends, I learned a lot about isle of man which been bonus. Aunt Bessie is a lot like miss marple in she knows everyone just about on the island and understands people

  14. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Another excellent mystery This is more than just a cozy mystery, as it gives insight into the history and culture of the Isle of Man. One thing I’m finding very good about this series is that the victims and perpetrators are likeable people with history and reasons for what they do.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Voirrey

    Nice to get back to Aunt Bessie - this time caught up with an unexpected death at a conference in the Manx Museum. Great fun for me, as I can imagine the setting all to well, having both led and attended events in that exact setting myself!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Halsey

    I have the books on my Kindle and while I do enjoy them, I find the grammatical/spelling errors incredibly distracting. I have never read a book with such an abundance of errors. I would have easily given this title five stars had it not been for the lack of editing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary Byrnes

    Another great installment I love the main characters in this series. I also love the addition of new characters. I have found that they enrich the story. The setting is great. The author's descriptions make me want to visit Isle of Mann and the museum as well. Another great installment I love the main characters in this series. I also love the addition of new characters. I have found that they enrich the story. The setting is great. The author's descriptions make me want to visit Isle of Mann and the museum as well.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Val Sanford

    I like the atmosphere of the Isle of Man perhaps more than the plot. The characters are becoming stale and flat, but the history of Man keeps my interest.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Pleasant reading. Calm, quiet, no violence, no gratuitous sex, just pleasant reading.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linda Hoover

    Another enjoyable cozy mystery in the “Aunt Bessie” mystery series. I am ooking forward to reading more in the series!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    More fun with Aunt Bessie on the Isle of Man.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tita Gee

    Again a well written book and another look at the quirky characters on the Isle of Mann. The more you read the know you fall in love with Aunt Bessie.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jan Mage

    Nice cozy set in a rather interesting location.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Just a fun read! Enjoy the fun of friends, in a place I have never been before! Nice "cozy" book. About a older woman. Just a fun read! Enjoy the fun of friends, in a place I have never been before! Nice "cozy" book. About a older woman.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I really enjoyed this Aunt Bessie mystery because it centered around a weekend conference with the topic of history and archaeology- two of my favorite subjects!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janice Zorn

    I enjoy all of the Aunt Bessie books, so much that I now want to visit the Isle of Man! I had missed this earlier one and really enjoyed the setting of a conference on Manx history and archeology.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Mccloud

    Wonderful book! I love her books! I love Aunt Bessie and her cottage!! She is so content with her life and with helping the children of the island.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kath

    Loved every bit!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Margaret V.

    Story seems more contrived; the foursome seems rather unlikely. The grinning remains irritating. Plot and pacing ok.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    There is a large conference on Manx archaeology at the local museum. Aunt Bessie will be presenting on the third day, but she is very much looking forward to the rest of the conference. Then the opening speaker is asked to step aside in favor of Mack, an archaeologist with a penchant for lively speeches and curvaceous blondes. Mack claims he has an announcement that will change the course of archaeology on the island, and his announcement certainly seems to make a splash. In fact, somebody is so There is a large conference on Manx archaeology at the local museum. Aunt Bessie will be presenting on the third day, but she is very much looking forward to the rest of the conference. Then the opening speaker is asked to step aside in favor of Mack, an archaeologist with a penchant for lively speeches and curvaceous blondes. Mack claims he has an announcement that will change the course of archaeology on the island, and his announcement certainly seems to make a splash. In fact, somebody is so moved by Mack's speech that they murder him while the other conference attendees are enjoying the dessert bar. Although Aunt Bessie is away from home and unable to officially work with Inspector Rockwell and her normal police friends, and although the local police inspector specifically warns her against offering any assistance, she can't help but do a bit of thinking about the situation. I love that the Aunt Bessie murders provide a nice pool of suspects and a good number of clues. Bessie, Doona, Hugh, and Inspector Rockwell are great recurring characters. The setting of a conference was interesting. I wish there had been a better sense of place. The first two books in this series really made me want to visit the Isle of Mann, but with the exception of the private wing of the hospital and a short visit to the beach, this book could have taken place anywhere. Perhaps I wanted more detailed descriptions of the displays in the museum. It felt like a rather generic building with conference rooms and a cafeteria. Also, while Aunt Bessie has always had curmudgeonly traits, usually I find them somewhat endearing, but this time she felt a bit less lovable and a bit more harsh and judgmental. Maybe all of the murders are starting to get to her. Most of the ends were nicely wrapped up at the conclusion, but there was a potential blackmailing that was left unresolved. I understand that might be something the author wants to look at in another book, but I really like my mysteries to be self-contained.

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