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The Hanging Tree (Rafferty & Llewellyn Book 4) by [Evans, Geraldine]
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#4 out of the 15-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn series

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

'The old crossroads used to run by here,' Sam told Rafferty. 'Legend has it that this was the original Hanging Tree.'

The murder mystery of 'The Hanging Man', whose body disappears just before Christmas and then turns up again, suspended from the ancient 'Hanging Tree', has Essex Detective Joe Rafferty questioning his belief in justice and his own role in its pursuit.

Rafferty knows he is expected to go after the murderer with as much vigor as he would any other killer. But he is in danger of becoming his own worse adversary as the victim was a man who escaped jail on a legal technicality after being accused of four child rapes. The case was a cause-célébre and caused much ill-feeling in Elmhurst's community. In this pollice procedural, Rafferty must battle against the inner conviction that Maurice Smith - a man who ruined more than just his young victims' lives - fully deserved to be murdered. He feels that if there is a self-appointed executioner at work, meting out his own form of justice on the legendary Hanging Tree, then Smith's 'executioner' is more to be lauded than condemned.

Consequently, rather less than full of the Christmas Spirit as the Big Day approaches, Rafferty can only wish he hadn't opened his big mouth and invited his partner, Dafyd Llewellyn's mother to both his Ma's spare room and the Rafferty clan's festive meal. Because, from his own intuition and Llewellyn's ever more dour expression as his mother's arrival gets closer, he has reason to believe the wretched woman's visit is going to end in disaster. And not just for Llewellyn's burgeoning romantic relationship with Maureen.

Rafferty fears he is about to become the Fall Guy twice over. Because he is only too aware that if he fails to find the murderer because of his own repugnance for the victim, he will also fail as a detective and his moral dilemma will give him no option but to resign.

THE HANGING TREE is available in both e-book and paper editions.

There are fifteen books in the Rafferty & Llewellyn series:
Dead Before Morning #1
Down Among the Dead Men #2
Death Line #3
The Hanging Tree #4
Absolute Poison #5
Dying For You #6
Bad Blood #7
Love Lies Bleeding #8
Blood on the Bones #9
A Thrust to the Vitals #10
All the Lonely People #11
Death Dance #12
Death Dues #13
Deadly Reunion #14
Kith and Kill #15

WEBSITE/BLOG: http://geraldineevansbooks.com

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  • Print Length: 400 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XJ6Q7U
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific series 2 September 2013
By Madame Defarge - Published on Amazon.com
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The Hanging Tree is a great 4th book in the Rafferty and Llewellyn series. The team is called in when a body is seen hanging from a tree in the woods. It disappears but later is found hanging again. The murdered man had done unspeakable evils in life. Rafferty struggles in his mind a bit about finding the killer. I found this human side of him added realism to the story.
Geraldine Evans does a great job with the plot. It's detailed and the characters are well-developed. She has been criticized (unjustly, I think,) for references to the Catholic church. They aren't derogatory or overbearing; they create a lifelike Rafferty.
If you enjoy a thought provoking mystery without gore, I think you'd enjoy this one. It can stand alone however the series is exceptional. You may want to start with book 1 if you haven't already read it. All Evans' books are numbered in their titles which makes reading order easy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever twist in this tale 11 July 2013
By Anne Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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I would recommend anybody who is into books set in England and enjoys police procedural stories. I find the contrast of the two main characters very entertaining - especially Llewellyn who never smiles..

The only thing I do not like about all the Rafferty and Llewellyn books is the emphasis on the Roman Catholic church. I realise this is part of the story, but too much of it is a bit boring, but can just skip those bits.

I have been reading these books one after the other to get a bit of continuity in the character's relationships.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining As Always 20 February 2014
By janet howard - Published on Amazon.com
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An engrossing plot which explores some complex issues surrounding the murder of a serial rapist. Rafferty finds himself confronted with serious moral ambiguities as he and Llewellyn try, somewhat relectantly, to catch the murderer(s). On a lighter note, the Rafferty clan continues in their attempts to get Llewellyn and Cousin Maureen to tie the knot. About to start the next book in the series. Looking forward to the continuing adventures of Rafferty And Llewellyn.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing New Series 3 March 2012
By amelia - Published on Amazon.com
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I did not discover this series until I got my Kindle. I think it is a very good series; a good blend of drama and comedy. Rafferty and Llewellyn remind me a bit of Inspector Lewis and Sergeant Hathaway from the BBC series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, as always 8 October 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Not the typical British series, but fun anyway as a good who did it. This is fourth in the series, and can be read out of order. The protagonist is well defined, and likeable, as are the characters. Good scene setting, good pace.