Death in the Morning

Death in the Morning

Sheila Radley / Nov 18, 2019

Death in the Morning It s a glorious spring morning in the village of Ashthorpe Birds are singing and sunlight is dancing on the river where Mary Gedge s dress drifts lazily in the shallows and flowers mingle in her hai

  • Title: Death in the Morning
  • Author: Sheila Radley
  • ISBN: 9781933397467
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s a glorious spring morning in the village of Ashthorpe Birds are singing, and sunlight is dancing on the river, where Mary Gedge s dress drifts lazily in the shallows and flowers mingle in her hair The scene is so altogether lovely that some locals think dreamily of Ophelia, drowned for love of noble Hamlet Chief Inspector Quantrill, though, has little patience forIt s a glorious spring morning in the village of Ashthorpe Birds are singing, and sunlight is dancing on the river, where Mary Gedge s dress drifts lazily in the shallows and flowers mingle in her hair The scene is so altogether lovely that some locals think dreamily of Ophelia, drowned for love of noble Hamlet Chief Inspector Quantrill, though, has little patience for that kind of self indulgence he s got a murder to solve And with a loveless marriage, a job that centers mostly on recovering stolen pigs, and the certain knowledge that he s missed his best chance for romance, he s something of a prisoner of pragmatism Mary Gedge may indeed have died for love of the wrong man, but in this muddy English market town, that man is unlikely to be a prince of Denmark One of those delightful finds it has atmosphere, a literate style, and characters that come alive Washington Post Haunting Chicago Sun Times

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      • Sheila Radley

        Sheila Mary Robinson was born and brought up in rural Northamptonshire, one of the fortunate means tested generation whose further education was free She went from her village school via high school to London University, where she read history She served for nine years as an education officer in the Women s Royal Air Force, then worked variously as a teacher, a clerk in a shoe factory, a civil servant and in advertising In the 1960s she opted out of conventional work and joined her partner in running a Norfolk village store and post office, where she began writing fiction in her spare time Her first books, written as Hester Rowan, were three romantic novels she then took to crime, and wrote 10 crime novels as Sheila Radley.


    526 Comments

    1. It was probably typical of its time and as such I forgave some of its flaws (such as an extremely misogynist portrayal of women where they were only seen through male eyes and as background characters for a mainly male cast of active characters. Even central female figures are largely passive, seen through the male detectives' eyes, stereotypical and in most cases morally bankcrupt whereas most of the male character (I said most) are unlikable on the surface but lovable (at least by the writer) [...]


    2. I read this book in 1992 and have recently re-read this novel and despite the gap in time I feel this novel has actually got better with age. Radley's writing is reminiscent of the early P.D. James books and Quantrill is a detective who is attractive but has his faults: especially about the state of his marriage due his dedication to the police force and his sense of justice. But this doesn't over-power the case of the book which Radley unveils with precision. This is the first of the nine Quant [...]


    3. This is a mystery series opener, introducing Chief Inspector Douglas Quantrill who lives in a small village in Suffolk called Breckham Market. His right-hand man is DS Tait, who got his job by way of "graduate entry, special police training and accelerated promotion," (8) and who feels he must prove himself to his fellow policemen. Quantrill has been working on the case of a young girl who went missing some months back, but his attention is turned to the disappearance of young Mary Gedge, who w [...]


    4. Chief Inspector Douglas Quantrill has a new DS assigned to him who makes him rather uneasy because he is a high flyer and better educated than Quantrill himself. The discovery of girl’s body face down in a shallow river on a May morning at first seems to be a tragic accident but DS Tait thinks it’s suspicious. This is a well written police procedural crime novel set in Norfolk. The characters are well drawn and I particularly liked the spiky relationship between Quantrill and Tait which I th [...]


    5. The Bello edition calls this 'Death and the Maiden' but reading the synopsis this is the same book. Very straightforward and predictable with little to indicate that it was written in 1978 rather than say 1938 or 1958. Nothing to dislike either. Pleasant.


    6. One of those quiet little British mysteries that make you want to meet the characters, hang out in the pub, and help Inspector Quantrill find the murderer. I really enjoyed this mystery, well paced, with plenty of history and vivid descriptions of the village life in England.


    7. I liked the character development and the story flowed really well, no side plots to distract you. It all felt plausible.




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