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Down Among the Dead Men (Rafferty & Llewellyn Book 2) by [Evans, Geraldine]
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'I have fallen in love with her slow-paced but interesting books.'


A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER...

For those who like cozy mysteries, humorous mysteries and police procedurals.
When beautiful Barbara Longman is found dead in a meadow, uprooted wild flowers strewn about her and, in her hand, a single marigold, British Detective Joe Rafferty at first believes the murder may be the work of the serial killer over the county border in Suffolk.
But then he meets the victim’s family – and after liaising with the Suffolk police, he rapidly comes to believe that the mystery killing is the work of a copycat…one much closer to home; someone among the descendants of the long-dead family patriarch, Maximillian Shore.
Everyone, it seems, had a motive: Henry the grieving widower; the victim’s brother-in-law Charles Shore, the ruthless tycoon; Henry’s first wife, the Bohemian Anne, who has lost the custody of her teenage son, to the saintly Barbara.
Even the long-dead patriarch, Maximillian Shore, seems, to Rafferty, to have some involvement in the murder, though how, or why, Rafferty doesn’t understand until he finally grasps the truth behind the reasons for the killing. A truth sad and dreadful and which had been evident from the start, if only he had had the eyes to see.


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great British Police Procedural 31 December 2010
By Kae - Published on
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I downloaded the eBook edition of Down Among the Dead Men after reading a post by author, Geraldine Evans on KindleBoards. I like Police Procedural mysteries, and this one was spot on (couldn't help myself, since this is set in England)!

In this second of the Rafferty & Llewellyn crime novels, the team investigates Barbara Longman's murder. Her body is found in a deserted field of wild flowers, and the woman is related to an influential family in the Essex community. Multiple suspects from within the family keep our two detectives taking interviews in Essex and London, and piecing together what could have happened.

Told from Rafferty's point of view (third person), we see the crime investigation and also get Rafferty's take on the family, his partner, and life in general. It's sometimes whimsical, and always presents a great picture of the characters. Rafferty knows he's considered the "Columbo" of his precinct, and he constantly chafes under Llewellyn's garrulous erudition about anything and everything.

I was quite take with the language and writing in this book, such as, "... swallowing statements whole generally caused investigatory indigestion. He chewed over what Henry had said..." Great phrasing throughout, which shows the thoughtful writing of this book. This type of writing doesn't occur with a dashed-off story.

The series originally was published more than a decade ago in hardback editions from Severn House. I hope more of Evans' titles end up on Kindle, and I will look for older editions at my Public Library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than book 1 8 July 2012
By Elisabeth Kilmer - Published on
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This entry is a vast improvement over the first, almost as if the author took a writing class in between. There are some really good, almost lyrical passages and the characters are presented quite even-handedly. The mystery is not easy to solve, either! (I do get a bit annoyed when authors say the detective remembered what someone said, but when you go back, it isn't there - I feel that's not fair play - and this author did it in both books, as far as I can tell.)

These two are a lot like Inspector Lewis and D.S. Hathaway - one plebeian and the other erudite - only somewhat comical. And I know lots of lecturer-types who can be annoying, so that aspect of their tension is quite believable. The discussions of "what if so & so did it - why and how" are pretty common in some TV shows; I don't find that aspect of the story to be offensive (it feels realistic to me).

A quick, pleasant summer read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow but steady burner 23 June 2013
By Jacqui - Published on
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It took me some time to engage with this novel. Initially it seemed rather slow, plodding and dull, and neither Rafferty or Llewellyn came across as sympathetic characters. However, aver a slow start, the novel became more interesting, and both detectives revealed facets of their characters and values that made them more complex and engaging.
The plot itself was well constructed, the clues were not too obvious, and there were plenty of suspects to keep us guessing. I will definitely read the next one in the series, now I have a handle on these two detectives and their uneasy working relationship.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just delightful 9 August 2014
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I'm a fan, and this one filled the bill. I have a great affection for Inspector Rafferty, and the long suffering Llewellyn because of plots like this. You know how the story will develop, but with no hint of the resolution. Nothing complicated, just good solid writing and fun.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you read one, you will seek out the others 1 July 2014
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The Rafferty & Llewellyn books are great.