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When the body of a young man is found stuffed into the tomb of a medieval knight, Parish Constable Daniel Haze is tasked with investigating his first solo murder case. Suspicion instantly falls on the only stranger to arrive in the village of Birch Hill just before the crime took place, but the American captain proves to be an unexpected asset. A former soldier and a skilled surgeon, Jason Redmond is not only willing to assist Haze with the investigation but will risk his own safety to apprehend the killer.

With no suspects, no motive, and few leads to follow, Redmond and Haze must solve the crime before one of them becomes the murderer’s next victim. 

Murder in the Crypt is the exciting first installment of this Victorian murder mystery series set in a quaint British village.

©2019 Merlin Press LLC (P)2020 Irina Shapiro

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  • Lorraine Harwood
  • 06-07-2020

Gross

The basic Idea was great, but all the sex was just poor writing. This author needs Therapy.

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  • Karen Johnston
  • 24-09-2020

Good story, okay narration

I like the story, but the narration left a little to be desired. I hate to be that nitpicker, but Redmond is from New York, and fought for the north. Why does he have a southern accent? As an American, it makes me a little crazy.

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  • Parletta Erickson
  • 19-05-2020

Enjoyable Mystery

This was a light weight yet enjoyable mystery. If you are looking for a slower paced, clean mystery I recommend this book.

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  • Mark
  • 24-08-2020

The south were not Nazis

These type of mindless books are usually good before bed or waking up. It did help me sleep. The plot is weak. It is a throw away novel. But was the historical inaccuracies finally drove me crazy. The statements about the American civil war, all through the book, are grossly distorted. The author could actually study the civil if they are writing about it.

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  • Kathryn A. Smithson
  • 30-07-2020

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The story was OK but not overwhelming. I Felt that the narrator did well with the female Voices but not with the male voices. They all sounded like husky bedroom voices.

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  • Terry carvajal
  • 23-04-2020

A period whodunnit!!!

Great characters pairing an American post Civil War Captain/Surgeon and an English constable of a small village. The Captain finds himself the Lord of the manor following his grandfather’s passing and helps determine who stashed the body in the crypt! Delightful plot with surprising twists. Very enjoyable reading with good character development.

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  • Janet
  • 04-08-2020

Good story, poor narration.

I thought the story was interesting, and that is a good thing because the narration was so poor I would have given up on it. When the main characters are male the narrator should male.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-2020

Blown Away!

I'm a huge fan of Irinia Shapiro's Wonderland and Echo's from the past series. Her typical romance paranormal fantasy genre appeals to me and I was suprised that she ventured into the mystery genre. I was excited to give this book a listen and I'm glad that I did. The character development, period details, and plot twists are on point as usual. I was fully engaged and entertained in this book and cannot wait to read the next book in this series! If you like murder mysteries, coupled with family drama and sinister characters...this series is for you!!! -Amanda Parks

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  • richard joesten
  • 01-05-2020

Murder in the Crypt

A fantastic mystery that had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. This Author really knows how to bring a story to fruition. I love how the Author and the Narrator has brought the story. The different voices are fantastic I definitely recommend this. Shauna Joesten

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  • Melissa L. Milam
  • 28-04-2020

Keeps you guessing

I really enjoyed this mystery. Usually I’m able to figure out who did it and why but this one kept me guessing. One of the best mysteries I’ve listened too in a very long time.

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  • Placid
  • 04-05-2020

Family secrets

It seems that family secrets can lead to murder. This book took a little effort to get into but ended up being very good. The book brought out how life in England was following the American civil war. The historical aspect added a different angle to the book. The mystery of the book was great. You really could not find out who was at fault until the very end. The narration was very good. This book was provided free in expectation of an honest review.

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  • KarenThornton
  • 02-11-2020

Excellent characters, will become a great series

I really enjoyed this story. The characters were well rounded and believable. The narration was really good too. I hope this becomes a successful story as I will be listening to more. Set in the past but the the narration and writing take you there. I really recommend this story.

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  • Nisareen Khan
  • 11-07-2020

Entertaining periodic murder mystery

When the body of a young man is discovered in the tomb of a medieval knight, Parish Constable Daniel Haze is tasked with solving his first solo murder case. Suspicion immediately falls on the only stranger to arrive in the small village of Birch Hill shortly before the crime took place. Captain Jason Redmond is a soldier who was captured by the Confederates during the American Civil War. Fresh from their release after a year in the dreaded Andersonville Prison camp, Jason and his 11 year old ward Micah, arrive in Birch Hall to claim his grandfather’s estate and title following their death the year before. When the local Police Constable questions Jason about his movements prior to the murder of the young man, an initially awkward meeting turns advantageous when Jason reveals his skills as a surgeon. By performing an autopsy, Jason is able to ascertain the cause and time of death. With no leads, motive or suspects and the local magistrate giving him a week before the inquest, Daniel is under immense pressure to prove himself. Can he solve the murder in time before he becomes the culprit’s next victim? Murder in the Crypt is the first instalment of the Redmond and Haze Mysteries. As a fan of the authors previous dual time series, Echoes from the Past, I was looking forward to reading her first mystery set in 19th century rural England. While the book gets off to an intriguing start with the gruesome discovery of a body in the crypt of a local parish, it was the unlikely pairing and unconventional friendship between Daniel and Jason that maintained my interest throughout. Both Daniel and Jason are interesting and appealing protagonists, each struggling to overcome a traumatic past - Jason from the horrors of the American Civil war and his imprisonment in Andersville and Daniel who is struggling to save his marriage to Sarah following the tragic death of their three year old son from the wheels of a carriage. Using the Victorian period for the backdrop was an interesting choice because of the social structures of the time. The striking differences between the Upper, Middle and Lower working classes are apparent throughout as is Jason’s bemusement with the myriad rules of English society. Jason’s wealth and title come in handy during their investigation as Daniel would have been considered lowly and therefore less likely to be taken into the confidence of the wealthy. All in all this was a fast paced, easy read with interesting characters and a satisfying conclusion. Perfect for willing away a couple of hours. I received an advanced free audible copy of Murder in the Crypt and I am voluntarily reviewing it. Wendy Wolfson’s narration was warm, clear and concise with excellent pacing. I found myself getting lost in her recitation without ever noticing the time

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  • judy
  • 23-06-2020

An excellent story

Though I would have preferred a man reading this, 90% of characters men, this was well read. The story was gripping enough to keep you wanting to know more. I like the idea of an American doctor and a village constable teaming up they work well together considering this is 1860's and things were very different ton now. The ending was unexpected but appropriate. I am now going to find book 2

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