Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Seventh Link by Margaret Mayhew

The Colonel is a retired widower who has an irritable stray cat, a nosy neighbor, and another woman who watches all comings and goings with a pair of binoculars.  Welcome to small village home life.  Someone is always trying to get him involved in the social scene in the village, so he's pleased to get an invite out of town.

Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published the first of November, so you can grab a copy then.

When he's invited to a bed and breakfast by the people who own it, he's happy to comply.  He and his wife had a good relationship with them and he'd enjoy another visit.  He's a bit surprised they are also hosting an RAF reunion the same weekend, but it doesn't matter.  It makes it even more interesting.

This is a cozy mystery that doesn't move too fast but has lots of fascinating information about the airport next to the B & B and about the men who flew on the planes.  War is an ugly business and it gets personal in this story.

There was a crew of seven on that plane.  Only six have been having reunions, the seventh lives in Australia and they haven't heard from him since the war.  When he shows up for this reunion, they're very surprised.  They are also surprised by how much he drinks and what he has to say.  When he becomes a drowning victim, the Colonel questions his death.  The more questions he asks, the more he wonders.  But can he prove it?  And, even more, does he want to?

I enjoyed reading about the countryside and the RAF flights.  The murder mystery is an interesting one.  Why don't you give it a read and see what you think?

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