Today's book is Jill McGown - Murder at the Old Vicarage.
Another crime book that's been sitting on my shelves for a few years . Originally published in 1988 with the title 'Redemption' this was the second in a series of 13 by this author featuring Chief Inspector Lloyd and Sergeant Judy Hill.
Snow began to isolate the village as the locals settle down for the festive season when the peace is shattered by a murder at the vicarage. The victim is the vicars son-in-law and no one seems to be saddened by his death. A domestic
murder? - Chief Inspector Lloyd thought it would be an open and shut case
but it turned out to be much more complicated. Struggling to keep control of his personal relationship with Sergeant Judy Hill, Lloyd must work his way through the suspects, who all seem to be trying to upset the investigation.
Reprinted with a new jacket cover in the Pan Heritage Classics series in 2015.
I read and enjoyed this a couple of weeks ago and it will be a giveaway on here in few days. According to my 'Book of Books Read' I've read 7 out of the 13 in this series and as they were first published in the late 1990's the library don't have any in stock anymore. It seems some are available as Kindle books since 2014 and a few are still around on Amazon but expensive. Not an author I'll search out.
Did you have the same weather as here yesterday?....... blimey it was Horrible. Cold and damp first thing then turning to heavy rain mid morning. I had the lights on in the living room as soon as I got back from shopping in Diss just before noon.
I'd gone to Diss specially to get ID verification for selling the house. Normally this would be easy......just go into the solicitors with 3 pieces of ID and they would photocopy them, check the ID photo was accurate and that would be it. With Covid it wasn't Quite so straight forward. No solicitors are allowing people into their offices so she told me to take my 3 pieces of ID into a Post Office or my bank and they would do it for a "small" fee. So I duly trotted into local PO only to be told that I'd need to go to a main PO that hadn't shrunk to a corner of a local shop - as most have nowadays. Nearest Main PO is Diss so that's where I went " No" she said, "you have to fill in a form and bring photocopies of the ID and originals, we don't photo copy things HERE".
OK I thought, I'll just pop up the road and go into the Branch of my bank, they'll have a photocopier for sure. But apparently due to Covid the bank isn't open on a Thursday! So I go back to PO and ask for form and where I could get photocopies in Diss - "At the Library" she said. So round to library, by now it was raining steadily - give name and address for Covid contact and Thank goodness the library ladies were very helpful. They even let me stay out of the rain to fill in the form (lingering in libraries is no longer allowed due to Covid!). Back to Post Office " That will be £12.75" she said. SMALL FEE - I don't think so! especially as all she did was stamp and date the form and photocopies.
Hope this helps if ever YOU have to prove who you are during a pandemic!
Now, because of not being allowed into solicitors, I have to post all the forms, paperwork, deeds and ID to her by Registered Post. That's not going to be cheap either!