Murder at Ravenswood House by Louise Marley

Murder at Ravenswood House by Louise MarleyMurder at Ravenswood House by Louise Marley
Series: An English Village Mystery #2
Published by Storm Publishing on May 7, 2024
Source: Rachel's Random Resources
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 388
Format: eBook
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A gruesome murder in charming Raven's Edge sends Milla Graham sleuthing to catch a killer, win back her detective ex, and dig up a decades-old secret along the way...

When a shocking murder rocks the picture-perfect English village of Raven's Edge, erstwhile amateur detective Milla Graham finds herself right at the centre of the mystery. Still reeling from her recent breakup with local police officer Ben Taylor, Milla sets her sights on solving the case, hoping to win Ben back.

But when the evidence begins to point to Milla's old friend and former paramour Lorcan Black, she must choose between her loyalties to the past and the possibilities of the future. Meanwhile, Ben is on a different trail - he's begun to suspect that the murderer could be someone from his own family's dark history.

Further complicating matters are Milla's meddling grandmother, Ben's no-nonsense police partner Harriet, and David the surprisingly young and sexy new vicar. With shocking twists around every cobblestone corner, the truth refuses to stay buried for long in this quaint village, whose picture-postcard façade hides decades of buried grudges, plots, and betrayal.

Will Milla solve the mystery in time to rescue her relationship with Ben? Can Ben face the skeletons in his family's closet before one of his own relatives meets the same bloody end?

We first met Milla Graham and DI Ben Taylor in Murder a Raven’s Edge and saw the beginnings of their rather complicated relationship. So we’re not surprised that at the beginning of Murder at Ravenswood House, Milla is meeting a friend/ex-boyfriend, rockstar Lorcan Black, in the evening at his house without letting Ben know. And when she runs into a problem, it’s not Ben she turns to but rather PI Kieran Drake to help clean up the mess. But when a woman’s headless body is found in the pond and Lorcan is discovered asleep on a crypt covered in blood, it will be tough to keep anything secret.

This time around Ben’s family and history are at the forefront. Ben has tried for years to distance himself from his rather notorious family, but this case is bringing them all back together. I love the characters, Ben, of course, is dealing with his own past while trying to figure out what’s going on in the village. Milla is awesome, if a liar and unreliable. I hope they get back together. Drake is morally gray but competent and surprising. The other villagers are a quirky bunch that add to the story. It’s Halloween time, which adds to the atmosphere.

Murder at Ravenswood House is an engrossing book. We’ve got several suspects and clues, but it makes several twists before we get to the (rather surprising) ending. I hope there will be more books in this series. I’d love to see what happens next for Milla and Ben and even Drake.

About Louise Marley

Louise Marley writes murder mysteries and romantic comedies. She is lucky enough to live in a village where there is a famous library and TWO ruined castles. (Her husband still thinks they moved there by accident.)

Her first published novel was Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, which was a finalist in Poolbeg’s ‘Write a Bestseller’ competition. She has also written articles for the Irish press and short stories for women’s magazines such as Take a Break and My Weekly. Previously, Louise worked as a civilian administrative officer for the police.

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