Dead Ground in Between

Dead Ground in Between

Book - 2016
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It's late 1942; the war is still raging and the upcoming Christmas season looks bleak. Detective Inspector Tom Tyler is settling into his placement in Ludlow, Shropshire, a small town jammed with people sent there by the conflict. On the outskirts is an Italian PoW camp and many PoWs work on local farms where manpower is sorely needed. Fraternizing is forbidden but, as Tyler knows only too well, the human heart has a way of crossing boundaries. Tyler's job is both to keep the peace and to enforce wartime regulations. Magistrate's court is busy. Then a troubled old man goes missing in a winter storm. The next day his body is discovered in a secret hideout supposedly known to very few. It soon becomes clear that a crime has been committed, and there is no shortage of suspects. Tyler senses that the two evacuee children who found the body are not telling the entire truth, but when he goes to question them further, he learns they have taken off from their foster home. It becomes imperative that he find them.
Publisher: Toronto :, McClelland & Stewart,, 2016
ISBN: 9780771050558
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY JEN
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 28, 2017

I won a copy of this book in the Library's Summer Reading Program this year and I'm very happy that I did. I wouldn't have found this series otherwise, I think. I was surprised to read that the author also writes the Murdoch series, a TV show I really enjoy.
The tone of this book is very much like the Murdoch series: it's warm, the characters are likeable & have real life problems & issues. The mystery is set in it's time (WWII, rural England), as is the crime investigation.
I found this a good, entertaining read and look forward to reading the others in this series. I liken this to a cozy mystery. Interesting story, characters and a good dash of real life.

I will donate the book back to the library and hope someone else enjoys it.

Sep 04, 2017

The pacing seemed odd until I decided this is a novel meant to be turned into a TV program. Then the jumping between scenes and the characters' pairing off made more sense.

Nov 16, 2016

The fourth book in the D. I. Tom Tyler series

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