The Murder Stone

The Murder Stone

Book - 2004 | Bantam mass market edition.
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In 1916, Francesca Hatton's beloved grandfather dies. People start making claims against him, and Francesca learns that he may not have been the man she thought he was. She is charged with taking an unusual stone to Scotland and burying it, but a series of ominous "accidents" occur.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Dell, 2004.
Edition: Bantam mass market edition.
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780553586602
0553586602
Branch Call Number: TOD
Characteristics: xix, 377 pages

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fpsutka
Jun 30, 2017

A good mystery, although I find it difficult to believe that she would get away with what she got away with at the end of the book - the ending is too neat and tidy! I also find it difficult to believe that she would give up life in London, as a single young person, to live alone in her family's huge home outside a small village in England! But she is English!

CRRL_VirginiaJ Jun 08, 2017

This stand-alone from historical mystery novelist(s) illuminates the deadly secrets of a proud English family.

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nerowolfgal
Aug 29, 2011

Delightfully written mystery. Set in WW1 it both gives a real feel for the period and provides a page-turning story with several unexpected twists. The last sentence of the book provides the last twist. Very good read.

hermlou May 25, 2010

Not an Inspector Rutledge mystery, this book takes place in England in WWI when Francesca Hatton returns home to tend to her dying grandfather. She is the last survivor of her grandfather's two sons and 6 grandchildren, and she inherits the entire estate. The will orders her to take the murder stone to Scotland. Instead she is occupied with strange threats by visitors to the funeral, and she is puzzled by other properties that her grandfather owned. Mystery follows mystery until she wonders just who her grandfather was and who she really is. The atmosphere is suitably gloomy, and I read eagerly to find out what would happen next and who Francesca's friends really were.

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