Book Review. Murder at St Anne’s by J. R. Ellis.

The reader is introduced to a whole community of people in Murder at St Anne’s and because there has been a murder in the very church of this community, they all have their own alibis, knowledge and secrets, which the individuals are fearful of divulging to Inspector Oldroyd. I liked that Murder at St Anne’s had a spooky element to it, with a ghost wandering around the church too.

I felt some of the writing told more than showed and when there were reveals of aspects of certain characters to outline their possible motivation for murder, it wasn’t a huge shock because you could almost tell that something was coming. I thought there was information about church history, and the hierarchy of the church which could have been condensed. There are reflections by Oldroyd too, that meant we got an idea to his character, but wasn’t necessarily relevant to the plot. As was the case when he went home to his girlfriend and had dinner. Those parts of the story didn’t have a bearing on this book, but maybe they do in future books? I don’t know. The dialogue didn’t feel natural at times either. There were parts of this book that felt dated and judgemental, one dimensional etc.

That said, I liked the characters, and I liked the prose in Murder at St Anne’s. I was reading this book until 4 in the morning, I didn’t want to put it down, and it was very compelling.

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