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Murder for Good

Murder for Good, November 2019
Ellie Quicke #20
by Veronica Heley

Severn House
224 pages
ISBN: 0727889028
EAN: 9780727889027
Kindle: B07W94SP8N
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"Grab a ‘cuppa’ and solve this murder mystery with Ellie!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Murder for Good
Veronica Heley

Reviewed by Viki Ferrell
Posted November 7, 2019

Inspirational Mystery | Mystery

Ellie Quicke and her husband Thomas live in present-day London in a very large old Victorian left to Ellie by her late first husband. Both are nearing retirement age but continue to stay busy; Ellie, with the trust she oversees, left to her by her late husband, and Thomas with the magazine he publishes for the church. He is a semi-retired minister.

Thomas begins receiving letters in the mail with checks left to him by people who have recently passed away and remembered him in their will. The first couple checks are from people he has ministered to through his profession, but then letters and checks come in from people he has never met. Some checks are for just a few hundred pounds, but some are for a few thousand. Thomas does not feel right about keeping the money. After he and Ellie discuss the matter, Ellie sets out to investigate the people leaving the money to Thomas and the circumstances of their deaths. Her investigations lead her to some unusual places and some very unusual people. Just as she begins to uncover some of the dealings, the police are given an anonymous tip that Thomas is killing people off for their money. Can Ellie get to the bottom of this windfall before the police accuse Thomas of murder?

Veronica Heley brings us another delightful murder mystery in MURDER FOR GOOD, her twentieth book in her Ellie Quick Series. Ellie and Thomas are very strong, realistic characters who are compassionate and caring individuals. They are surrounded by an assortment of quirky supporting characters who each have their own agenda. Thomas’ reputation is at stake here, and Ellie has other issues on her plate as well. The story line is a rather unique and imaginative one, with several current themes: affordable housing, public opinion, public corruption, and enabling adult children, to name a few. The plot takes several surprising twists and turns, arriving at a most unexpected conclusion. There’s a lot of tea drinking in this British novel, so grab yourself a ‘cuppa’ and curl up with this charming cozy mystery!

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SUMMARY

The kindness of strangers comes under suspicion in the enjoyable new Ellie Quicke mystery.

Ellie’s husband Thomas, a retired minister, is suspicious when he receives not one but five letters advising him that he has been bequeathed money by five different people in their wills. He barely knew three of his benefactors, and what could possibly connect him to the other two strangers?

Sensing something isn’t right, and with Thomas’s reputation at stake, Ellie investigates but is soon distracted, not only by the problem of trying to ease Hetty, a difficult woman who’s recently taken refuge with them, out of their house, but also by her daughter, Diana, who’s in trouble again. As Ellie finally starts to make progress with her enquiries, she is about to uncover some disturbing truths – and in doing so, find herself in great danger . . .


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