[BOOKS] ✯ The Murder Stone ✴ Charles Todd – Writerscompany.co.uk

The Murder Stone I just reread this because I decided to start reading Charles Todd again after several years I love the time period and the subject matter of the Charles Todd novels, but this one was a disappointment Most of the text consists of breathless questions such as Could my grandfather have lied to me about my parents Could this woman actually be Richard s mother Could the body on the murder stone actually have been so and so without much plot As another reviewer pointed out, it was soap op I just reread this because I decided to start reading Charles Todd again after several years I love the time period and the I picked up this book thinking it was next in one of my favorite series, the Ian Rutledge mysteries I was surprised, but pleased, to find it a very well done stand alone,a gothic than a mystery, set in Todd s era of expertise, WWI As in the mysteries, the time and place, rural England during and immediately after the Great War, is beautifully evoked Todd s command of the speech, manners and customs of the period is so pitch perfect, I could believe the book was written in 1923 rather th I picked up this book thinking it was next in one of my favorite series, the Ian Rutledge mysteries I was surprised, but pleased, to find it a very well done stand alone,a gothic than a mystery, set in Todd s era of expertise, WWI As in the mysteries, the time and place, rural England during and immediately after the Great War, is beautifully evoked Todd s command of the speech, manners and customs of the period is so pitch perfect, I could believe the book was written in 1923 rather than 2003.Young Francesca Hatton returns to her grandfather s estate for his funeral She is the last of her generation of Hattons, her five male cousins having been killed in the war But instead of closure she finds only questions Who wrote the letter cursing her family now and forever Who are all the strangers attending the funeral, making demands and threats Why did she never know of her grandfather s ownership of an orphanage Why the strange codicil in his will requesting that she remove The Great War Is Still Raging In The Autumn Of 1916, When Francesca Hatton S Beloved Grandfather Dies On The Family Estate In England S Isolated Exe Valley Grieving For The Man Who Raised Her, Francesca Is Stunned To Find An Unsigned Letter Among His Effects, Cursing The Hattons And Their Descendants Now A Stranger Has Shown Up On Her Doorstep, Accusing Her Grandfather Of Being A Murderer.Ex Soldier Richard Leighton Blames Francis Hatton For The Death Of His Mother, Who Vanished Nearly A Quarter Of A Century Earlier Her Body Was Never Found, Only A Shawl Stained With Her Blood And Leighton Is Not The Only One With A Claim On Francesca S Grandfather On The Day Of His Funeral, Unexpected Visitors Arrive With The Mourners, And Francesca Is Besieged By Charges Of Hatton S Vicious Dealings Yet There Is Also A Shy Young Woman Who Praises His Secret Generosity.At The Center Of The Intrigue Is An Unusual White Stone That Lies Hidden In A Secluded Garden Where Francesca Once Played With Her Five Male Cousins, All Of Them Dead Now On The Battlefields Of France According To The Terms Of Hatton S Will, The Murder Stone Must Be Dug Up And Transported To Scotland, Where It Is To Be Buried Forever But Before Francesca Can Begin The Journey, A Series Of Ominous Accidents Occur, Culminating In The Discovery Of A Bleeding Body On The Murder Stone Itself.Was Hatton The Loving, Caring Protector His Granddaughter Always Believed Him To Be Or A Vindictive, Secretive Man Who Cultivated Dangerous Enemies Francesca Sets Out In Pursuit Of The Truth And Into The Sights Of Someone Determined To Exact A Revenge Long Overdue From The Hardcover Edition. What a strange book Set in WWI, Francesca Hatton annoyingly called Cesca by her family is responsible for handling her dear grandfather s affairs upon his death from illness Francesca is the last Hatton her grandfather had raised her and her five male cousins after the respective deaths of their parents, but all five cousins were killed in the war Francesca adored her grandfather and her happy childhood however, when various family secrets emerge after the reading of her grandfather s wi What a strange book Set in WWI, Francesca Hatton annoyingly called Cesca by her family is responsible for handling her dear grandfather s affairs upon his death from illness Francesca is the last Hatton her grandfather had raised her and her five male cousins after the respective deaths of their parents, but all five cousins were killed in the war Francesca adored If you re in the mood for a really really good mystery I recommend this Charles Todd stand alone novel Known for his Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford series he has not stepped out of that era WWI but it is peripheral to the story Francesca Hatton has been brought up by her grandfather and her five cousins After her cousins die in the war her grandfather has a stroke and she comes from London to be with him After he dies a strange and angry although good looking, of course man shows up accu If you re in the mood for a really really good mystery I recommend this Charles Todd stand alone novel Known for his Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford series he has not stepped out of that era WWI but it is peripheral to the stor THE MURDER STONE 2003 Charles ToddI never got very far into this novel the first one by this writer that I ve tried Boring It started out with all the wrong for me vibes Before the novel begins, the author provides a list of characters This runs from pages xv to xix I never stopped to count all of them, but there were a bunch That kind of thing bodes trouble for me War and Peace didn t have that many characters We are soon introduced to the main character of the book The THE MURDER STONE 2003 Charles ToddI never got very far into this novel the first one by this writer that I ve tried Boring It started out with all the wrong for me vibes Before the novel begins, the author provides a list of characters This runs from pages xv to xix I never stopped to count all of them, but there were a bunch That kind of thing bodes trouble for me War and Peace didn t have that many characters We are soon introduced t I am a big fan of the Charles Todd authored Ian Rutledge series, set in the years immediately after WWI in England I was disappointed in this stand alone book, which is set during the last years of the war itself I compulsively finished it but I didn t feel like the mystery was logical, nor did I feel like I understood the characters I didn t have the feeling oh, yes, of course, that s how it all must have happened at the end of the book, with the solving of the mystery actually, I was n I am a big fan of the Charles Todd authored Ian Rutledge series, set in the years immediately after WWI in England I was disappointed in this stand alone book, which is set during the last years of the war itself I compulsively finished it but I didn t feel like the mystery was logical, nor did I feel like I understood the characters I didn t have the feeling oh, yes, of course, that s how This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is very different from the other Charles Todd books that I have read The beginning of the book includes a list of the characters, a quaint but useful feature There are a lot of characters.It is not as well written as Todd s other mysteries When I finished the book I had not marked any passages that I particularly liked which I usually do in Todd s books.I didn t really understand th THE MURDER STONE Gothic Suspense ExCharles Todd StandaloneBantam, 2003 HardcoverTheir grandfather, Francis Hatton, raised Francesca Hatton and her four male cousins, all orphaned at an early age Each of the cousins has been killed in the Great War, and now Francisca is alone to grieve the death of her beloved grandfather, whom she thought she knew But at the reading of his will, she reads a letter cursing him and his heirs, she inherits two properties about which she never knew, people THE MURDER STONE Gothic Suspense ExCharles Todd StandaloneBantam, 2003 HardcoverTheir grandfather, Francis Hatton, raised Francesca Hatton and her four male cousins, all orphaned at an early age Each of the cousins has been killed in the Great War, and now Francisca is alone to grieve the death of her beloved grandfather, whom she thought she knew But at the reading of his will, she reads a letter cursing him and his heirs, she inherits two properties about which she never knew, people turn up at the funeral demanding items about which she did not know, and Richard Leighton appears on her doorstep blaming Francis for the disappearance of his mother If you re expecting a book in the same style as Todd s Inspector Ian Rutledge series, you will be disappointed However, if you love Gothics, as do I having started Victoria Holt and th This book might have been better had it beenfocused and less convoluted There is a lot of authorly how many plot devices can I shoehorn into this thing The plot s of this novel doesn t really hold together into an integrated whole The book rambled on far too long Most of the inserts by the cousins were irrelevant the shooter episodes didn t really further the plot and the entire shooter subplot could have been eliminated without any damage to the whole Does


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