Released on 08 October 2015.

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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.

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