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Publisher's Summary

In a Yorkshire Dales village everyone has a motive for murder - except the killer.

A retired judge is shot dead outside the Dog and Gun inn in the remote Yorkshire village of Niddersgill. There's a witness who saw everything, and the gunman's on the run; the case should be open-and-shut for DCI Jim Oldroyd. But the murderer had no motive for wanting Sandy Fraser dead and, what's more, no trace of him can be found.

As Oldroyd and his team cast the net wider, they discover that Fraser wasn't without enemies in Niddersgill. As the wealthy owner of a grouse moor, he'd clashed with farmers, debtors, hunt saboteurs and blackmailers. But none of them were at the scene of the murder. And when a local shopkeeper is gunned down in a second senseless attack, it's clear that these killings are anything but random.

Surrounded by the dramatic beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, Oldroyd faces a race against time to connect the crimes and find who's behind them. But with all the evidence sending him down dead ends, can he get one step ahead before someone else is killed?

©2020 J. R. Ellis (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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The name is the best part of this story

Oh dear what a load of rubbish. I like the narrator but the story and the dreary characters. No I wouldn’t bother if I were you. One character jumps over a cliff that what the book should do jump over the cliff

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enjoyed the storh

good plot! easy and enjoyable read. particularly relevant to the environment! the poem really expressed the age and mystery of the dales and was reminiscent of centuries past. i also enjoy the depth of his characters and that balance of psychology theology and the essential nature of the world..

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 08-09-2020

Love the series but not my favorite

This is a good book but I just couldn’t love it. I have enjoyed this series and there’s really not much wrong with this except for the many characters that I had a hard time keeping track of. I listened to the audiobook and I think it’s easier to follow characters when you can turn the page back to check. That being said, it took me a long time to finish this book. The case for the detectives is a puzzler and Oldroyd and his team are baffled when two people are murdered in front of witnesses who identify the two different shooters and then those shooters disappear.

The narration was great.

I’m sure many will like this book more than I did. It was good but not my favorite.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-06-2021

Intriguing from beginning to end

It was Ellis' best book. It had me intrigued from beginning to end. The plot was entertaining and the characters came alive. You could almost see the beauty of the scenery.

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  • Debbie
  • 15-03-2021

Grouse Hunting and Murder

The murder of a retired judge that has plenty of enemies brings DCI Oldroyd to the Yorkshire village of Niddersgill. The descriptions of the moors and countryside are wonderful and a big part of why I like this series so much. When a second murder takes place, Oldroyd has his work cut out for him. There seems to be a witness to the first murder, but its not as simple as identifying the killer. I love listening to Oldroyd put the pieces of the puzzle together. So glad that book five will be coming out soon!

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  • Danamia
  • 15-10-2020

Delightful World with a Meandering Murder

The adventure and life of DCI Oldroyd and his team continues up in Yorkshire. This time, they are up against murderers who disappear from the hamlet of Niddersgil. J.R. Ellis again crafts a wonderfully detailed world with engaging characters with full but believable lives. But, this time, his plot is not a tight puzzle box but a meandering stroll. It's still very enjoyable, but Ellis' focus is more on character development this time around. There, he excels - Oldroyd, Steph, and Andy are growing into themselves as they solve the murders and find lives outside work, and it is great to hear.

Michael Page continues an excellent read, with great regional accents and an engaging style. His character voices are both consistent over the series and becoming easier to distinguish between.

Overall, great installment in the series. I will look forward to the next book.

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  • Colorado Cowgirl
  • 11-10-2020

British mystery at its best!

I have listened to all the Yorkshire Murder Mysteries (thanks to KU) and I love the narration. The voice is perfect and it sets the scene of rural England so nicely. The mysteries always have a great set of quirky, grumpy and unique Yorkshire rural folks. The stories are also set in the wildlands of Yorkshire with lots of local history, geography and colors. The police here are also well filled out as characters with their life-challenges and they seem quite real. Of course the Detective Inspector has a knack for solving seemingly impossible cases and puzzles. Like most British mysteries, these stories are long on character development, interviews and thought. They do overlook some obvious forensics which would speed up the investigation (like fingerprints!), but that is all part of the fun in solving the case and untangling the puzzles.

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  • Therese Van Arsdale
  • 14-09-2020

Just Stop.It

I have no.desire.to.leave.a review but am unable to.move on without posting.one. It was to fine.

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  • Sherry
  • 12-09-2020

Nidderdale

It was very interesting lots of twists & turns and good characters well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Library Lady
  • 04-09-2020

Another great one in this enjoyable series!

Glad I found this series! Well-paced, with an intriguing plot. Enjoyed a visit to Yorkshire with an excellent narrator.

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 23-08-2020

Excellent series, number 5 is great

Entertaining mystery that can be listened to in the car with the whole family present. Romance is hinted at without being explicit. Language is clean, which is a refreshing change of pace. Too bad so many authors feel the need to swear to get their points across.

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  • Stephanie
  • 21-10-2020

Shame...

...about the narrator - again!! I will not listen to any other J R Ellis books if the narrator is the same.

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  • Maureen Frost
  • 19-10-2020

The Nidderdale Murders

I can’t listen to anymore. The narrator is absolutely appalling, particularly when he attempts accents and female voices and Northern accents are fundamental to these stories. He even went into something that sounded vaguely Liverpudlian for a female from B’ham. Unless you can do an authentic accent, don’t narrate those books requiring this. I have listened to a great many audio books and this was excruciating to listen to. I will have to buy the kindle version to finish the book, unless there is an alternative narrator? I had to give a star in order to submit this review. From my perspective the performance didn’t warrant one star.

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  • judy
  • 23-08-2020

Love this series

This is the fifth book in the series and I have enjoyed them all. Stories hold your attention and with some humour. I have heard the reader do other books and would not believe it the same person

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  • Pauline Colsey
  • 06-07-2021

Interesting read.

An enjoyable and relaxing read. Unusual plot which keeps you guessing, a little bit of old England style.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 07-12-2020

A good Yorkshire tale

I enjoyes this story very much as I come from Yorkshire and recognized many of the places and settings. The mystery kept me guessing till the end.

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  • jmoll
  • 22-08-2020

area of outstanding beauty

could not put this book down excellent storytelling with discriptive scene setting a few twists great ending

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  • Vixanne
  • 30-09-2021

Great book series

I continue to really enjoy this well written series and will begin the next one now….

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  • K. Tye
  • 01-09-2021

Another very interesting and entertaining yarn

J R Ellis has created another engaging mystery story containing the usual mix of local Yorkshire knowledge swirled with very believable characters, and a plot full of twists and turns. As always, most enjoyable. The performance by Michael Page just adds greatly to the experience. Well done to both author and performance artist.

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  • SirMoBotRio16
  • 28-08-2021

Another twist in the tale

No matter what others write about the narrator I love his accents & characterisations.
This is a reet gud book, tha don't have ta be from Yorkshire to enjoy it. The dialects are spot on for West Riding. Have a reet gud respect for tha characters.
Tha can tell tha author is from God's own county & he be one of best writers of tha genre.

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  • mary whitehead
  • 08-08-2021

Not for me

As a true Yorkshire lass i Looked forward to listening to this book. However, the reader spoilt it for me. The exaggerated Yorkshire accent as he thought it should be was terrible. The slightly wavering tone more applicable to someone in their 80s not a Yorkshire policeman. The storyline was ok but again I didn’t like the almost Agatha Christie leanings. I am sure some people will enjoy the series but I have decided I can’t listen to anymore of them.

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