The Magic Chair Murder (A Black & Dod Mystery #1) by Diane Janes

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The night before she's due to make a speech to the Robert Barnaby Society on the subject of the famous writer's 'magic chair', committee member Linda Dexter disappears. When her body is discovered two days later, fellow members Frances Black and Tom Dod determine to find out the truth about her death.

Could Linda have discovered something about Robert Barnaby that got her killed? Or does the answer lie in the dead woman's past? As they pursue their investigations, Fran and Tom find the Barnaby Society to be a hotbed of clashing egos, seething resentments and ill-advised love affairs - but does a killer lurk among them?

Title : The Magic Chair Murder (A Black & Dod Mystery #1)
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ISBN : 0727887599
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 215 pages


Susan rated it ★★★☆☆

November 25, 2017

Set in 1929, this is the beginning of a new series, featuring Fran Black and Tom Dod, who pair up to investigate a murder. Fran has been lonely since her husband left her for another woman and so she enjoys the company of the Robert Barnaby Society; a society set up to champion the work of a chil...

Judy rated it ★★★☆☆

December 27, 2017

Thank you to NetGalley and Severn House Publishing for a digital galley of this novel. One of the things I found interesting in this first novel in a new series is that there is no police presence in the book. The two main characters, Fran Black and Tom Dod, do all the investigating on their own w...

Betty rated it ★★★★☆

March 01, 2018

New series and the first time I have read this author. It is set in 1005 in England. A historical novel with some mystery. It covers how women were perceived and treated especially where a marriage is involved. Francis Black and Tom Tod are the protests and both have noncompliant marriages. About...

Deanne rated it ★★★★☆

March 04, 2018

1929 Northern England . Book one in the Black & Dod Mystery series. A woman, committee member Linda Dexter disappears the night before she is to make a speech to the Robert Barnaby Society on the subject of the famous writer’s ‘magic chair’. This intriguing historical cosy mystery has amateur...

Susan rated it ★★★★☆

April 16, 2018

Frances Black has little to do now that her husband has run off with another woman. Her respectable mother can't stand the idea of a divorce. So Fran has thrown herself into the concerns of the Robert Barnaby society, dedicated to the beloved children's author who disappeared into the trenches of...

Lesa rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 28, 2018

There are a lot of creepy people in Diane Janes' The Magic Chair Murder. Who would guess that the mystery, set in the 1920s in England, would revolve around the author of children's poems and stories? The Robert Barnaby Society is having a conference. Robert Barnaby was a poet who wrote about a ma...

Elaine rated it ★★★★☆

December 07, 2017

I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for a review copy of The Magic Chair Murder, the first novel in a projected series to feature amateur sleuths Frances Black and Tom Dod, set in Cumbria in 1928. Fran and Tom are newly elected committee members of the Robert Barnaby Society, a societ...

S.J. rated it ★★★★★

March 05, 2018

A very simple premise sets up the story - where a guest speaker inexplicably disappears during a conference and when her body is later discovered, it is assumed she has committed suicide. Both Frances Black and Tom Dod don’t believe this is the case and are determined to get to the bottom of why...

Eric rated it ★★★☆☆

November 23, 2017

Diane Janes, as well as writing crime fiction, is the author of four investigations of historic crimes. ”The Magic Chair Murder : a 1920’s English Mystery” is set in the North of England at the time of the1929 General Election. Although many of the sexist and class attitudes are of the time, and d...

Liz rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 16, 2018

When a presenter to a conference does not show, newly elected committee member Frances Black is puzzled since Linda Dexter appeared eager to reveal new information to the Robert Barnaby society concerning the author the group is dedicated to. When her burned car is discovered and shortly thereaft...

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