A Murder in Michaelmas

ISBN 9781909281011
390 pages.
Published 17/10/2012

£4.99 - £11.99

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A STORY OF SECRET LOVE AND FEAR, OF OBSESSION AND PERSECUTION, OF OLD AND NEW LIVES …AND OLD AND NEW DEATHS “She’s either a seriously good actress – or she’s seriously dead!” These are not the words Eve Merry wants to hear on her first day at Oxford University. She is fresh from America and looking forward to an exciting year of study and new friends in her mother’s home country. But when Charlie Boscombe and Martin de Beauchamp-Massey take her punting on the river on the first day of Michaelmas Term, they make an appalling discovery. Lying a in boat stranded up a side stream is a dead girl. She has been strangled and mutilated and wears a badge that says WITCH BITCH FROM HELL. As Eve and Martin are drawn into the investigation of her murder, they uncover a shady world of secretive student societies, re-enactments of medieval legends, and the practice of witchcraft in this twenty first century medieval city. Eve and Martin and Charlie will find their relationships challenged and changed beyond recognition as they are forced to question their deepest held beliefs about themselves, each other, and even life itself. And to face the fact that their lives too are now in danger…

Jeanette Sears was born in Nottingham, England, and has a PhD from the University of Manchester. She was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard and has worked as a kitchen maid, a bank teller, a book shop manager, a teacher in the UK and US, and a college lecturer at a seminary. She has been a student and an anglican priest in Oxford and lived there for ten years. She is currently a full-time writer and speaker, particularly on C S Lewis, J R R Tolkien, and Dorothy L Sayers.

Very compelling, especially for anyone who is a fan of Oxford or Arthurian legends

The beauty of this book is not only its compelling plot, but its attention to detail. It is very evocative in its description of Oxford and its student societies – as a former student of the “other place” (Cambridge) I particularly appreciated the river punting scene and the wackiness of the student societies. The allusions to Malory’s Arthur are particularly well done, and as a fan of anything to do with King Arthur I really enjoyed it. The darker side of witchcraft is also cleverly but seriously handled. This is a very enjoyable read for any murder mystery fan who likes Oxford, English Literature, student life, King Arthur, Malory, Gilbert and Sullivan or, in the case of me, all of the above!

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