Murder at the Old Vicarage

A Christmas Mystery

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A white Christmas

Deepening snow has isolated the village of Byford from the outside world, but as the locals settle down for the festive period, the peace is suddenly destroyed with news of a violent crime at the vicarage.

A domestic murder

The victim is the vicar's son-in-law, but few are saddened by his death. And although Chief Inspector Lloyd is expecting an open-and-shut case, he is soon confronted with more than he bargained for.

A web of lies

Struggling to keep control of his personal relationship with Sergeant Judy Hill, Lloyd must work his way through a tangle of suspects, each doing their part to disrupt the investigation in this perplexing mystery.

Murder at the Old Vicarage is Jill McGown's classic homage to Agatha Christie, with a decidedly uncosy twist.

Impeccable plotting, alibi- and clue-weaving
Mail on Sunday
Jill McGown is a crisp writer and a spellbinding storyteller
Financial Times
Superior mystery fiction
Publishers Weekly

About Jill McGown

Jill McGown, who died in 2007, lived in Northamptonshire and was best known for her mystery series featuring Chief Inspector Lloyd and Sergeant Judy Hill. The first novel, A Perfect Match, was published in 1983 and A Shred of Evidence was made into a television drama starring Philip Glenister and Michelle Collins.

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Books by Jill McGown

A Trio of Murders
A Trio of Murders
Redemption
Redemption
Death of a Dancer
Death of a Dancer
The Murders of Mrs Austin and Mrs Beale
The Murders of Mrs Austin and Mrs Beale
The Other Woman
The Other Woman
Murder... Now and Then
Murder... Now and Then
A Shred of Evidence
A Shred of Evidence
Verdict Unsafe
Verdict Unsafe
Picture of Innocence
Picture of Innocence
Plots and Errors
Plots and Errors
Scene of Crime
Scene of Crime
Births, Deaths and Marriages
Births, Deaths and Marriages
Unlucky for Some
Unlucky for Some
A Perfect Match
A Perfect Match

Books in the Series

Dr Finlay's Casebook
Dr Finlay's Casebook
The Case of the Missing Brontë
The Case of the Missing Brontë
The Enchanted Places
The Enchanted Places
The Grove of Eagles
The Grove of Eagles
A Little Local Murder
A Little Local Murder
Rosy is My Relative
Rosy is My Relative
Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories
Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories
Murder in Advent
Murder in Advent
Madensky Square
Madensky Square
Beasts in My Belfry
Beasts in My Belfry