Murder at the Old Abbey: Lambert and Havard, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Murder at the Old Abbey is the second book by Pippa McCathie to feature detective Matt Lambert and Fabia Havard.
White Monk Abbey is a local landmark and its resident patriarch, Caradoc Mansell, a foreboding presence. He runs his household and family as if he is still in the army.
So, when he is found murdered, the challenge Chief Inspector Matt Lambert faces is that many people had a good reason to want him dead. And when it is discovered that Caradoc had children from dalliances in his youth, his family also fall under suspicion - their substantial inheritance having been put in doubt. With so many suspects and little evidence, he draws on the advice of his former boss, ex-detective Fabia Havard. But will their fractious relationship get in the way of finding the killer?
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 59 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 24, 2019|
|Publisher||QUEST from W. F. Howes Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #223,220 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#4,582 in Cozy Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#7,691 in Crime Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#40,199 in Cozy Mysteries (Books)
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Fabia lives near White Monk Abbey, the ancestral family home of the Mansell family. Octogenarian Caradoc Mansell dominates the family, always threatening to change his will. The estate is entailed, meaning it will go to the first-born son when Caradoc dies. But then there’s the contents of the house – paintings, antiques, silver, a stamp collection, and thoroughbred horses. A few small items have gone missing; the chief suspect is the brother of Caradoc’s daughter-in-law.
A new family member arrives from the island of Mauritius via London. The young woman turns out to be Caradoc’s granddaughter, whose grandmother had been in love with Caradoc when he was stationed there with the Royal Army. The old man decides to change his will and signs the new will right before he’s found dead. It appears to be heart failure; it turns out to be murder. Fabia knows the family, and she begins to help Lambert with his investigation.
“Murder at the Old Abbey” by Pippa McCathie is the second novel in the Lambert and Havard detective series. The first, “Murder in the Valleys,” was published in 2018. The mysteries are officially classified as “cozy,” a la Agatha Christie, but thery’re also solidly in the detective mystery class.
McCathie was brought up in Mauritius, so she knows of what she writes. She’s published poetry and short stories, and two of her children were born in Wales. She currently lives on the island of Guernsey.
“Murder at the Old Abbey” is as much a romance as it is a mystery, and McCathie’s two detectives are as engaging with each other as they are with the crime. It’s a fun story, with criminal low-lifes, an old spooky mansion, an unexpected will, and nicely drawn suspects.
The murder victim is a bullying nasty head of the family who unsurprisingly is killed. All of his children and their wives etc. live at the Abbey which conveniently in need of massive repairs but has museum quality artifacts worth a fortune that the head of the family refuses to consider selling even in the face of possibly losing the home. Throw in a long lost daughter, white supremacists distant relative and you have a potpourri of a murder mystery. It’s a bit tedious but somehow there’s something compelling about the possibilities in this series.
I won't be reading next book.