Sitting Murder (2020)

Sitting Murder A.J. Wright Sitting Murder With a myriad of motives the question is who Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan of the Wigan Borough Police has no time for tales of ghosts and the afterlife or of the dead contacting the living So
  • Title: Sitting Murder
  • Author: A.J. Wright
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Sitting Murder A.J. Wright With a myriad of motives, the question is who Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan of the Wigan Borough Police has no time for tales of ghosts and the afterlife, or of the dead contacting the living So, when he finds himself investigating the case of a recently widowed young woman, Alice Goodway, who has suddenly developed the Gift of mediumship and has received a threatWith a myriad of motives, the question is who Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan of the Wigan Borough Police has no time for tales of ghosts and the afterlife, or of the dead contacting the living So, when he finds himself investigating the case of a recently widowed young woman, Alice Goodway, who has suddenly developed the Gift of mediumship and has received a threatening letter, he embarks on the inquiry with no small degree of scepticism But just as Brennan and his burly colleague, Constable Jaggery, consider how to proceed with the case, something much sinister takes place a murder, in Alice s own home Who would commit such a crime Could it be one of the seven visitors who had been to sittings with Alice and not liked what they had heard Or the interfering and sanctimonious Inspector of Nuisances who strongly disapproved of the s ances There are a lot of old wounds opened and painful memories shared with Brennan and Jaggery as they meticulously gather the information they need to solve the case The challenge will be narrowing down the suspects, using clues from both the living and the dead This devilishly plotted Victorian whodunnit keeps the reader guessing right to the end, with red herrings aplenty scattered along the way Praise for A.J Wright This is an absolute gem of a historical crime novel cleverly and intricately plotted, very well written and convincingly evoking all the social problems of a late Victorian industrial town Crime Review the book vividly depicts the tensions and ramifications of the miners strike The mystery is equally strong the plot is fast paced and cleverly strewn with red herrings and subtle clues Highly recommended Historical Novel Society In 2009 A J Wright won the 2010 Dundee International Fiction Prize for his Victorian murder mystery Act of Murder His writing is inspired by his two major interests all things Victorian and classic works from the Golden Age of crime fiction He lives near Wigan.
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  1. Puck

    They see things, said Alice You can t hide anythin from the spirits A tricky and ghostly murder mystery, Sitting Murder provided me with a difficult crime to solve, as it has a group of living and dead people as its suspects In this historical mystery novel taking place in the Victorian era 1894 , we follow Detective Brennan and Constable Jaggery as they have to solve the case of Alice Goodway, a recently widowed woman who suddenly developed the gift of connecting with the death Attracting belie [...]

  2. Annie

    Sitting Murder is book 4 in the Lancashire Detective series The book is set in Wigan, Lancashire in 1894, and features DS Brennan and his sidekick Constable Jaggery investigating another murder We still don t really find out much about Brennan and Jaggery s personal lives.There are quite a few characters in this novel, some living and some dead, but there is no confusion as to who they all are Some of the characters are red herrings and Wright keeps you guessing until the end with the twists he [...]

  3. Erica

    I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Endeavour Press in exchange for an honest review Thank you After Alice Goodway s husband is killed in an accident she suddenly gains the ability to speak with spirts She performs sittings for those who wish to speak to lost loved ones for a small price When she receives a threatening letter accusing her of lies, Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan is sent to investigate He dismisses the letter as nothing than a disgruntled client letting off ste [...]

  4. Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Endeavour Press for a review copy of Sitting Murder, the fourth novel in the Lancashire Mystery series and the third to feature DS Michael Brennan of the Wigan Police.In 1890s Wigan Alice Goodway has just lost her husband, Jack, in a mining accident and discovered psychic powers She has been holding individual sittings for a few of the local bereaved with her Aunty Doris by marriage taking charge of the administration When they receive an anonymous poison pen [...]

  5. Mystereity Reviews

    Whoo, what a ride Loved, loved, LOVED this, I was swept up in this deftly written mystery from the very first page Combining the Victorian fascination with mediums and spirits with a classic whodunit,I loved the simple yet complex plot that takes twist after turn and by the time the surprise ending was unfolding, I was just holding on for dear life The tragic stories from the suspects made it hard to single one out, and although you think you know who did it, you ll be wrong Sitting Murder was a [...]

  6. Cheryl

    I received this book free from the publisher for an honest review This is a historical mystery that has a hint of the Victorian times, along with some of the social intricacies of the day The mystery contains many suspects, along with subtle hints and red herrings The reading was easy and the mystery kept me going right up to the end I plan on trying of this authors books.

  7. Cathy Ryan

    Set in a North Western English town during the late 19th century, this murder mystery whodunnit brings the history of the era to life with the terraces of houses, local dialect and a community living in close proximity to one another The main source of work were the cotton mills and the mines Alice Goodway, only married a year, has lost her husband, Jack, in a mining accident, which also took the life of her friend s husband Since her husband s death, Alice has become a medium, offering comfort [...]

  8. Andreia Nuno

    This was a different, tricky and great historical mystery where both the living and the dead are suspects Very refreshing Recently widowed Alice Goodway developed the ability to speak to spirits She decides to become a medium with the help of her aunt and helps those who wish to speak with their loved ones Her life is turned upside down when she receives a threatening letter quickly followed by a dead body in her home The sceptic Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan and open minded Constable Jagge [...]

  9. Jen

    Sitting Murder by A J Wright is the fourth book in the Lancashire Detective series I have not read any of the previous books, but this one works perfectly as a stand alone Sitting Murder is set during the late Victorian period in Wigan, a town known for its cotton mills and coal mines When a mine accident takes the life of Alice Goodway s husband Jack, Alice s grief and sense of abandonment is intense But then it seems that Jack is able to communicate with Alice from beyond the grave, acting as [...]

  10. Tania

    Thanks to Netgalley and Endeavour Press for a review copy of Sitting Murder.This was a really enjoyable murder mystery set in Victorian England It was really atmospheric and the writing is very descriptive and gives a real sense of the time and place it was set The characters are brilliant They really reminded me of Dickens characters, quirky and no nonsense Although there are quite a few characters I had no trouble remembering who everyone was The plot moves along nicely and the ending tied eve [...]

  11. Tracy Terry

    A wonderful period mystery which combines a classic whodunit with spiritualism The terraced houses, the close knit community in which the characters dwell brought to life Secrets abound, old wounds opened as DS Brennan and his sidekick, Jaggery, eliminate the suspects one by one.From the archetypal detective and his faithful constable through to the quirky, no nonsense women, from the living to the dead, from those who had an actual part to play in the unfolding events to those who served mainly [...]

  12. Karen Cole

    Most of the crime novels I read are set in the present day or at least within living memory so it was a real treat to settle down with a book by a contemporary author who has set his plot in Victorian times, particularly as historical fiction is my other preferred genre.The prologue immediately recalls the hard lives of the working class back then as a young woman sits by her dying husband s bedside A victim of another mining disaster, Jack Goodway at least manages to say his last words to his w [...]

  13. Ged Brown

    Another belter from A.J.Wright This is the third book I have read in the Lancashire detective series, set in my hometown of Wigan in the 1890 s It is winter and a recently widowed girl, Alice Goodway is holding sittings in her home for some of her neighbours claiming she can contact their dead relatives When there is a murder in her house and some threatening letters arrive Sargeant Brennan with the help of his sidekick Constable Jaggery, must unravel the clues quickly before another murder is c [...]

  14. megs_bookrack

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Endeavor Press, in exchange for an honest review The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover it s beautiful Luckily, this book is a lot than a pretty cover When I started this book I was not aware that this is actually book 4 of a currently 4 book series I didn t realize that until about a quarter way in I loved the writing and thought, why have I never heard of this author before This is really good I look it up on and that is [...]

  15. Leslie

    I received a free copy of this book for an honest review, which follows.I was contacted by the publisher because I am a fan of another mystery author and one of his series and was asked if I would be willing to try this book, which was similar I applaud that kind of forward marketing, but I think it was a mistake targeting fans of that particular series because they are not actually similar I approached this book with ideas and expectations that had to be changed midway, and thus began with a li [...]

  16. Crittermom

    Sitting Murder is a competently written but somewhat lacklustre Victorian mystery From the start you know that not all is kosher with Alice Goodway and her seances She knows than she otherwise should, but DS Michael Brennan does not believe in ghosts When Goodway s husband s Aunt is murdered, he must unravel the threads of the past to find a clever and determined killer.Conceptually the plot is acceptable The problem is that the characters are difficult to empathize with There is no one that is [...]

  17. Faouzia

    This was an enjoyable book I like to occasionally dive into this victorian world, these old ways of investigations and different perceptions The motives however never really change much.Sittings, threatening letters and a dead body That was an interesting combination, especially that there was no shortage of suspects Practically characters involved in these settings had a very good motive for killing Doris Goodways and threatening her niece, Alice Goodways, the one in contact with the spirits.Th [...]

  18. Krissy

    I m always a sucker for a book with Spiritualism or mediums in it, which was the reason that I applied for and received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This book was pretty good, but not great I haven t read any of the other books in this series However, I would read them the first in the series looks particularly interesting The characters in this book were the best part of the book for me The author seemed to put most of his energy in creat [...]

  19. Kerry Henderson

    Alice Goodway has gained the gift to talk to the dead following her husband s death She offers sittings to friends with the help of her husband s aunt who is then murdered Sergeant Brennan is called in to find out who killed her Threatening notes sent to Alice make it seem she s the next victim can the murderer be found before someone else dies This was a really good read and I didn t figure out who it was until right before the end There are lots of brilliant twists that you don t see coming an [...]

  20. Amanda

    Sitting Murder was the first in the Lancashire Detective series that I have read Usually, it ruffles my feathers to read a series out of order but I saw a copy of it on Netgalley and decided to give it a whirl I have to say, I rather enjoyed it The characters were well written and the vernacular was interesting I saw the twist coming at the end, but still enjoyed the final reveal I did take the star rating down from 4 to 3 because the story dragged in the middle Over all I would recommend this b [...]

  21. Jason

    If Wilkie Collins and Agatha Christie had a literary baby it would be A.J Wright Sitting murder is a moody Victorian mystery steeped in intrigue, that leads the reader on a twisting trip the the foggy world of spiritualism, literally and figuratively Just when you think you ve figured it out, another layer is added to confuse the issue While being a first rate mystery, it also give the reader a look at the world for women in Victorian times which was harsh and left them with few options I also w [...]

  22. Mitch

    An enjoyable whodunit murder mystery set in Victorian England, the plot was quite simple, A young bereaved widow, Alice Goodway claims she can contact the spirits since her husband was killed in a pit explosion, several people have seen her to talk to there dear departed but when threatening letters start arriving and then her Aunt is found murdered in Alice s bed, but was she the intended victim or Alice, Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan has to work out who is the murderer before people die. [...]

  23. Susan

    When a body is discovered, Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan of the Wigan Borough Police who doesn t believe in ghosts investigates all the people who visited Alice Goodway for a seance.This well written mystery has quite a few suspects, with some decent rounded characters An easy read which kept my interest right to the end.A NetGalley Book

  24. Voirrey

    I got this as the second of two only to find here of good reads it is considered the fourth book in the series.I would say it works perfectly well as a follow up to Striking Murder this time there is no strike, although the story starts with a pit death, and part of the mystery is whether our author, or the protagonist, believe it is possible to speak to the dead, or not

  25. Mr Alan Farrimond

    Another masterful and nostalgic visit to our past in WiganBeing a Wigan lad, and interested in the crimes of our past, this the third novel from Alan Wright didn t disapoint His character DS Brennan is the archetypal old fashioned police man backed up by his faithful constable Jaggery I just loved all three of Alan s books and can t wait for his next Well done Alan

  26. Italo Italophiles

    Interesting English murder crime story, with the police on the case Well written but no mystery for this reader, I m afraid Lots of historical details, and some fun accents and dialect But the crimes are quite sordid.

  27. Nicola Conroy

    BrilliantAlways enjoy A J Wright s books and this one didn t let me down He writes beautifully atmospheric descriptions of old Wigan, bringing local history to life.

  28. Pamela Scott

    thebookloversboudoir.wordpres copy provided by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed I had a great time reading Sitting Murder This is a fantastic example of the kind of historical fiction I enjoy the most, part mystery and part whodunnit I liked the red herrings throughout the book that cause little misdirection s.The characters are well written, they come across as very realistic and easy to relate to Despite the subject matter there are no characters who are just nasty, every character is we [...]

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