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BOOK 1: CRIME IN THE CHOIR Murder most foul on consecrated land. Two skeletons are discovered in the grounds of St Mary's Choir School. Detective Inspector Gilbert Markham is a rising talent of the Bromgrove police force. He is on the trail of the murderer when another life is brutally claimed. Who is the savage killer lurking in this innocent place? BOOK 2: CRIME IN THE SCH BOOK 1: CRIME IN THE CHOIR Murder most foul on consecrated land. Two skeletons are discovered in the grounds of St Mary's Choir School. Detective Inspector Gilbert Markham is a rising talent of the Bromgrove police force. He is on the trail of the murderer when another life is brutally claimed. Who is the savage killer lurking in this innocent place? BOOK 2: CRIME IN THE SCHOOL When handsome teacher Ashley Dean is brutally murdered, gossip blames a deranged intruder. DI Markham’s instincts say otherwise. Could this be the work of a student? A member of staff? It seems unthinkable. But somebody in authority is holding out on them. How much more blood will be spilt before their secret is laid bare? BOOK 3: CRIME IN THE CONVENT Sister Felicity is found strangled in the confessional box at St Cecilia’s convent. She is only the first victim. Someone has a lethal vendetta against this holy place. And only DI Gilbert Markham can stop them. To uncover the truth, he must delve deep into the sins of the past. Can he unravel the mystery before it’s too late? BOOK 4: CRIME IN THE HOSPITAL Dr Warr’s decayed corpse is found in the woods. There have always been whispers about the psychiatric hospital where he worked: staff brutality, deliberate misdiagnosis . . . DI Gilbert Markham and DS Noakes begin asking questions. They are met with a chilling silence. How many more victims will be claimed before the killer is found? BOOK 5: CRIME IN THE BALLET Choreographer George Baranov is found in the theatre’s basement with a knife in his back. He was known for his daring routines and his tangled love life. The pressure is on for Detective Markham to wrap up the case. Can he unmask the vicious killer waiting in the wings? BOOK 6: CRIME IN THE GALLERY Curator Helen Melville is found murdered in Bromgrove Art Gallery. She had discovered something troubling in the archives, but the secret died with her. Or did it? Detective Markham races to unravel the connection with a tragic cold case. Who will be next to have a brush with death? BOOK 7: CRIME IN THE HEAT A body is found in the refrigerator at a doctor’s office in Bromgrove community centre. The victim is teacher Bex Shawcross and she wasn’t short of enemies, as Detective Markham soon discovers. Her crooked MP father and loose morals are the talk of the town. And no one seems afraid to speak ill of the dead. Then the killer strikes again. And again. Each victim works at the centre. Who will be next on the kill list? BOOK 8: CRIME AT HOME Nothing ever happens in New College Close. Until one day a piercing scream shatters the calm. A retired teacher is found asphyxiated beneath a luxury mattress. The only clue: a badge from the school where the dead woman once taught. Detective Markham races to unravel the truth. But no one in the Close is what they seem.


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BOOK 1: CRIME IN THE CHOIR Murder most foul on consecrated land. Two skeletons are discovered in the grounds of St Mary's Choir School. Detective Inspector Gilbert Markham is a rising talent of the Bromgrove police force. He is on the trail of the murderer when another life is brutally claimed. Who is the savage killer lurking in this innocent place? BOOK 2: CRIME IN THE SCH BOOK 1: CRIME IN THE CHOIR Murder most foul on consecrated land. Two skeletons are discovered in the grounds of St Mary's Choir School. Detective Inspector Gilbert Markham is a rising talent of the Bromgrove police force. He is on the trail of the murderer when another life is brutally claimed. Who is the savage killer lurking in this innocent place? BOOK 2: CRIME IN THE SCHOOL When handsome teacher Ashley Dean is brutally murdered, gossip blames a deranged intruder. DI Markham’s instincts say otherwise. Could this be the work of a student? A member of staff? It seems unthinkable. But somebody in authority is holding out on them. How much more blood will be spilt before their secret is laid bare? BOOK 3: CRIME IN THE CONVENT Sister Felicity is found strangled in the confessional box at St Cecilia’s convent. She is only the first victim. Someone has a lethal vendetta against this holy place. And only DI Gilbert Markham can stop them. To uncover the truth, he must delve deep into the sins of the past. Can he unravel the mystery before it’s too late? BOOK 4: CRIME IN THE HOSPITAL Dr Warr’s decayed corpse is found in the woods. There have always been whispers about the psychiatric hospital where he worked: staff brutality, deliberate misdiagnosis . . . DI Gilbert Markham and DS Noakes begin asking questions. They are met with a chilling silence. How many more victims will be claimed before the killer is found? BOOK 5: CRIME IN THE BALLET Choreographer George Baranov is found in the theatre’s basement with a knife in his back. He was known for his daring routines and his tangled love life. The pressure is on for Detective Markham to wrap up the case. Can he unmask the vicious killer waiting in the wings? BOOK 6: CRIME IN THE GALLERY Curator Helen Melville is found murdered in Bromgrove Art Gallery. She had discovered something troubling in the archives, but the secret died with her. Or did it? Detective Markham races to unravel the connection with a tragic cold case. Who will be next to have a brush with death? BOOK 7: CRIME IN THE HEAT A body is found in the refrigerator at a doctor’s office in Bromgrove community centre. The victim is teacher Bex Shawcross and she wasn’t short of enemies, as Detective Markham soon discovers. Her crooked MP father and loose morals are the talk of the town. And no one seems afraid to speak ill of the dead. Then the killer strikes again. And again. Each victim works at the centre. Who will be next on the kill list? BOOK 8: CRIME AT HOME Nothing ever happens in New College Close. Until one day a piercing scream shatters the calm. A retired teacher is found asphyxiated beneath a luxury mattress. The only clue: a badge from the school where the dead woman once taught. Detective Markham races to unravel the truth. But no one in the Close is what they seem.

30 review for The Detective Markham Mysteries

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    i was really looking forward to reading this series until I started reading and found that the formatting is for lines with double or perhaps triple spacing! I skimmed through the first book, hoping it was just the prologue, but no it was the whole damned book. It makes it impossible to read for me so I am sadly, giving up. Not rating at this moment, but I really wanted to give it one star, because this SHOULD HAVE BEEN PICKED UP by the editors. Not a happy bunny. If this is just a duff download (wh i was really looking forward to reading this series until I started reading and found that the formatting is for lines with double or perhaps triple spacing! I skimmed through the first book, hoping it was just the prologue, but no it was the whole damned book. It makes it impossible to read for me so I am sadly, giving up. Not rating at this moment, but I really wanted to give it one star, because this SHOULD HAVE BEEN PICKED UP by the editors. Not a happy bunny. If this is just a duff download (which I am pretty sure it isn't) I will happily remove this review. (Irritating isn't it, reading widely spaced lines.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    brenda

    This series of detective tales is set in England, and, looking from the outside in, it seems very English. For instance, the range of vocabulary is wide, so that, in book 1, windows are 'mullioned', and throughout the narrative, our team of detectives have their daily elevenses with tea. The higher ups of the police force are positively genteel and class conscious. They want to avoid scandal (the senior DI is friends with the mayor), but that is difficult because each case takes place in a build This series of detective tales is set in England, and, looking from the outside in, it seems very English. For instance, the range of vocabulary is wide, so that, in book 1, windows are 'mullioned', and throughout the narrative, our team of detectives have their daily elevenses with tea. The higher ups of the police force are positively genteel and class conscious. They want to avoid scandal (the senior DI is friends with the mayor), but that is difficult because each case takes place in a building that houses, or that verges on housing, a town institution. Therefore, PR has to be carefully and strategically managed as one murder tends to lead to another. The characters are likable and chatty. They discuss the case at hand in detail and at some length, so that dialogue not only delineates the character and quirks of detectives and suspects, but also functions as a central carrier of the narrative. Nevertheless, the community is varied, offering a wide selection of clues until the final quarter, when the detectives gain a deeper understanding of motive, and an arrest, or at least an end, is in sight. Overall, in spite of the murders, these novels are a gentle read: for instance, the DI deplores swearing and blasphemy; there are regular passages of evocative description of an English environment; and violence is strictly reserved for perpetrators of evil. I found these novels suitable for reading when time was limited to bursts here and there, and thus I progressed through in what seemed to be a leisurely, if fragmented, style.

  3. 4 out of 5

    christine lees

    Couldn't finish This series of books from Joffe started off reasonably and the plots were ok but the first couple of books were full of grandiloquent (!) language which detracted from the enjoyment of the stories. Even with five university degrees, I was having to look up the meaning of dozens of words, some of which were inappropriately used. There was also an overabundance of quotations. On the other hand the language used by one of the main characters was ridiculously poor and, in fact, given Couldn't finish This series of books from Joffe started off reasonably and the plots were ok but the first couple of books were full of grandiloquent (!) language which detracted from the enjoyment of the stories. Even with five university degrees, I was having to look up the meaning of dozens of words, some of which were inappropriately used. There was also an overabundance of quotations. On the other hand the language used by one of the main characters was ridiculously poor and, in fact, given that police officers are trained in how to communicate with the public, it would be highly unlikely that this individual would have ever been let lose on the public, let alone be promoted to sergeant. Constant referral to the need to consume any form of junk food, twenty or so times a day while attempting to solve a series of gruesome murders and frankly, talking like an idiot, would in the real world, simply would not happen. In the end, I just gave up and closed the book on this one!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erika Lowry

    I found the first book way too wordy for my enjoyment. The story line seemed ok so i decided to read on and the language toned down a bit which made it a far more pleasurable read but i was frustrated with each book in the series repeating itself about character traits and the plot was virtually the same in every book. Someone gets murdered, then another one follows, that person probably found out who the murderer was and was blackmailing the murderer. All very predictable and this is a shame as I found the first book way too wordy for my enjoyment. The story line seemed ok so i decided to read on and the language toned down a bit which made it a far more pleasurable read but i was frustrated with each book in the series repeating itself about character traits and the plot was virtually the same in every book. Someone gets murdered, then another one follows, that person probably found out who the murderer was and was blackmailing the murderer. All very predictable and this is a shame as i feel the author has talent but needs to try and use her imagination a bit more. To be honest, i was glad when i got to the end of the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Excellent! Loved the series--- read first 8 books in order over the past week! Wonderful escape while isolating during pandemic! All major characters are great and their working relationships and friends are vital part of each mystery! Great police procedurals but have a few blurred lines while avoiding their abrasive, incompetent DCI. Terrific author--- never once determined murderer until conclusion!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Yvette

    The story is all over the place without rhyme or reason (sorry the pedantic prose inspired me there). It's more of a narrative than a book, the conversations are short and are used to bring forward 'facts not in evidence' in the story. Some of the writing is ok, most less so. The writer prefers to use fancy words for simple things and not always correctly (even as a non native speaker I could see that!). I finished the first book but will not read the rest of the collection. The story is all over the place without rhyme or reason (sorry the pedantic prose inspired me there). It's more of a narrative than a book, the conversations are short and are used to bring forward 'facts not in evidence' in the story. Some of the writing is ok, most less so. The writer prefers to use fancy words for simple things and not always correctly (even as a non native speaker I could see that!). I finished the first book but will not read the rest of the collection.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patr Baldwin

    Great Books! I enjoyed these stories of British policing. DS Noakes is an irreverent, judgemental and condescending person who shouldn't be allowed to serve as a policeman. To his superior he has insights gleaned from years of service, and an uncommon empathy with those who deserve it. The two new team members are learning fast but DS Bolton keeps walking into great harm at the very end of every story! Great Books! I enjoyed these stories of British policing. DS Noakes is an irreverent, judgemental and condescending person who shouldn't be allowed to serve as a policeman. To his superior he has insights gleaned from years of service, and an uncommon empathy with those who deserve it. The two new team members are learning fast but DS Bolton keeps walking into great harm at the very end of every story!

  8. 4 out of 5

    LINDA S. SARTOR

    Excellent Read! This author has a wonderful way with words. Her descriptions and character language development are superior. My only criticism is the number of characters sometimes made the plot difficult to follow. The contrast between the main detectives was very well developed and the supporting group added additional interest. Great read for detective mystery fans! By

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hilda

    Great set of Books Once started it was hard to put these books down.D I Markham and his team were very believable characters and it was great to watch the two young newbies grow through the series. Loved this series and cant wait to read book 9. If you love a murder mystery you can't go past this series Great set of Books Once started it was hard to put these books down.D I Markham and his team were very believable characters and it was great to watch the two young newbies grow through the series. Loved this series and cant wait to read book 9. If you love a murder mystery you can't go past this series

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sue Morris

    Hard work and unrealistic Very rarely do I give up on a book as I did this set. pr I found this very hard work to read. Unrealistic characters, the language and words used more appropriate to Victorian or pre WW2 (who really says to their partner 'dearest'?), too many unusual words. Plot slow moving. Not for me. Hard work and unrealistic Very rarely do I give up on a book as I did this set. pr I found this very hard work to read. Unrealistic characters, the language and words used more appropriate to Victorian or pre WW2 (who really says to their partner 'dearest'?), too many unusual words. Plot slow moving. Not for me.

  11. 5 out of 5

    charpentierhankins

    Great book Keep you thinking of who really done it Characters well developed. Who really did it? Who was involved? Who were ....? Liked the relationships of the characters and interaction between all of them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donna Cornell

    Fascinating series One of the best series I have read. Would have rated it higher had Noakes character not been such a throwback. Attempts to make him "lovable " only partially successful. Fascinating series One of the best series I have read. Would have rated it higher had Noakes character not been such a throwback. Attempts to make him "lovable " only partially successful.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Derebery

    Great Series Enjoyable, unstoppable whodunit’s and action that keeps you reading. I laughed, smiled and wanted to reach inside the authors mind a couple of times. I kept thinking she is simply brilliant to wrap it each series in the seamless way she does.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Marquardt

    Great read If you like to improve your vocabulary and enjoy really well developed characters, this is the box set for you. I have been up too many late nights finishing stories i couldn't put down Great read If you like to improve your vocabulary and enjoy really well developed characters, this is the box set for you. I have been up too many late nights finishing stories i couldn't put down

  15. 5 out of 5

    Willa Jepson

    Excellent Series Each crime thriller keeps you turning the page to discover what comes next as you learn who committed the murder! Each book has its own mystery, But Detective Gil Markham always shows up to help solve the murder!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jean Bystry

    Good read I enjoyed this series very much. In all eight I could never guess who done it until the team figured it out. The teams inter actions were fun and caring. I liked that they did not leave me wondering at the end, the story was tied up neatly.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Peggy S Martino

    Fantastic! Kept me engaged page after page. I really enjoyed these mysteries. They kept me eager for more. I want to read more of Markham mysteries because the characters are fantastic.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Friga

    Eight mind boggling stories that keep you reading all night I liked the British mystery because the police force is so different than American law enforcement tactics. The characters are well developed and so unique. Recommend the whole series if you enjoy British mystery.

  19. 5 out of 5

    MR K

    Took me a while All these books are gripping, has me staying up late, and getting up later than usual for work. Excellent Books.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Peter Jackson

    Good set of books although all the stories are similar. Still worth a read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ALISON A O BRIEN

    Great books! Fascinating plots and memorable characters make these stories worth reading. Full of interesting literary references. The character of Noakes makes me laugh!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    Love the series I loved the characters and how they interacted with each other. I’m truly going to miss not living with the team as they solve their investigations.

  23. 5 out of 5

    iainascot

    Poor Not good muff said¿!oh yeah that's a 3day of delivery of action understand that it would like the idea that it was Poor Not good muff said¿!oh yeah that's a 3day of delivery of action understand that it would like the idea that it was

  24. 4 out of 5

    william george naisby

    What a great read and thoroughlt thrilling all the way through,at times could not stop reading

  25. 4 out of 5

    Geoff Brewer

    I started this series but after about30 pages found I wasn't inspired by it. Maybe I'll give it another go sometime. I started this series but after about30 pages found I wasn't inspired by it. Maybe I'll give it another go sometime.

  26. 4 out of 5

    larry nagel

    A damn good read Had a great time following the team through the twists and turns of serial killers in an English town. Enjoyed the characters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Roberts

    Jolly good read! Good characters - great storylines. Read box set straight off and about to follow with two more Detective Markham cases.

  28. 5 out of 5

    claudia church

    DI Markham great reading. Great group of characters and lots of unexpected twists. The lovely Olivia and want of high society Muriel are a fun side story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alison Simpson

    Disappointed Decent read a bit predictable Too many unnecessary explanations descriptions of characters throughout the volume. Held my interest but for the wrong reasons

  30. 5 out of 5

    sue_pursallyahoo.co.uk

    Great reading These novels were a great read so good I didn't get the who submit before it was revealed. Enjoyed them. Great reading These novels were a great read so good I didn't get the who submit before it was revealed. Enjoyed them.

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