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WALKING INTO MURDER (The Professor Laura Morland Mystery Series)

October 24th, 2010

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Who would believe that an innocent walking trip in the English Cotswolds would include not just one murder but three, and even more hair-raising adventures? The intrepid American heroine of WALKING INTO MURDER, professor Laura Morland, would have scoffed at the idea. All she wanted was a few days of peace to recover from a humiliating (if not entirely unwelcome) divorce and a chance to test her new independence. That she certainly does; peace is another matter.WALKING INTO MURDER is a light-hearted mystery with a delightful setting, an intriguing plot and distinctive characters headed by Laura Morland, a wonderfully appealing new amateur detective. It is part traditional English mystery, part middle-aged female sleuth of independent spirit who solves mysteries that confound the experts, part primer on the the battle between the sexes since Laura is an expert on gender, part rousing adventure. Laura is hardly Miss Marple - she is younger, more active, attractive, even romantically inclined, but the settings and characters are very British indeed. It's a wonderful read: spine-tingling escapes and confrontations on deserted moors contrast with peaceful interludes in England's quaintest villages and most verdant countryside - and with some near-comic scenes of Laura's inept but ultimately successful efforts to track down the villains even as she eludes their clutches. Mask-making, amateur theatrics, underground tunnels and an escape from a boarded-up cottage are all part of the action. The adventure begins when Laura is invited to teach a seminar on gender issues in London. First she decides to embark on a solo walking trip on the Cotswold Way. The walk soon takes stormy turns. A man plummets out of the thick mist, hauls her into an embrace and begs her to masquerade as his wife. Escorted at gunpoint by an aristocratic Englishman to an ancient manor house, she is confronted by a roomful of eccentrics, any of whom could be the killer of the body she finds in a bedroom - a body that perversely keeps changing its identity. In fact, everyone in in this bizarre household seems to have multiple identities and multiple motivations, making it exceedingly difficult to determine who is telling the truth and even harder to ascertain who is on Laura's side.Curiosity is Laura's dominant trait and she delves into the mystery with possibly unwise abandon. She is determined to unmask the murderer - and to get the best of her alternately charming and irritating would-be husband, to whom she is undeniably attracted. She soon discovers that her fund of scholarly knowledge about male/female relationships is of little help in dealing with a man who refuses to answer her questions, appears to be having a steamy affair with the titled Lady of the house, and who increasingly seems the most likely candidate for murderer. Complicating matters further is his fraught relationship with Laura's able assistant in crime-detection, a fiery, free-spirited runaway who lives in the woods.As Laura probes deeper, the efforts of the villains to silence her become more frantic and her strategies to evade them more ingenious. With total disregard for the escalating danger, she vows to outwit them all. And she does. In a final dramatic - and totally unexpected - scene, she zeroes in on the killer, or it might be more accurate to say the murderer zeroes in on her.Joan Dahr Lambert is the author of CIRCLES OF STONE, a prehistoric novel told through the eyes of three women who became leaders of their tribes, and published by Simon & Schuster in 1997 & 1999. Lambert has written two other prehistoric novels, a novel about wolves for children and a novella, as well as the first two books in the Laura Morland series. The second, BABES IN THE BATHS, will be out soon. Like may published authors, she has decided to try self-publishing. All of her books will soon appear on Kindle and on other on-line venues.


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Fiction Books Who would believe that an innocent walking trip in the English Cotswolds would include not just one murder but three, and even more hair-raising adventures? The intrepid American heroine of WALKING INTO MURDER, professor Laura Morland, would have scoffed at the idea. All she wanted was a few days of peace to recover from a humiliating (if not entirely unwelcome) divorce and a chance to test her new independence. That she certainly does; peace is another matter.WALKING INTO MURDER is a light-hearted mystery with a delightful setting, an intriguing plot and distinctive characters headed by Laura Morland, a wonderfully appealing new amateur detective. It is part traditional English mystery, part middle-aged female sleuth of independent spirit who solves mysteries that confound the experts, part primer on the the battle between the sexes since Laura is an expert on gender, part rousing adventure. Laura is hardly Miss Marple - she is younger, more active, attractive, even romantically inclined, but the settings and characters are very British indeed. It's a wonderful read: spine-tingling escapes and confrontations on deserted moors contrast with peaceful interludes in England's quaintest villages and most verdant countryside - and with some near-comic scenes of Laura's inept but ultimately successful efforts to track down the villains even as she eludes their clutches. Mask-making, amateur theatrics, underground tunnels and an escape from a boarded-up cottage are all part of the action. The adventure begins when Laura is invited to teach a seminar on gender issues in London. First she decides to embark on a solo walking trip on the Cotswold Way. The walk soon takes stormy turns. A man plummets out of the thick mist, hauls her into an embrace and begs her to masquerade as his wife. Escorted at gunpoint by an aristocratic Englishman to an ancient manor house, she is confronted by a roomful of eccentrics, any of whom could be the killer of the body she finds in a bedroom - a body that perversely keeps changing its identity. In fact, everyone in in this bizarre household seems to have multiple identities and multiple motivations, making it exceedingly difficult to determine who is telling the truth and even harder to ascertain who is on Laura's side.Curiosity is Laura's dominant trait and she delves into the mystery with possibly unwise abandon. She is determined to unmask the murderer - and to get the best of her alternately charming and irritating would-be husband, to whom she is undeniably attracted. She soon discovers that her fund of scholarly knowledge about male/female relationships is of little help in dealing with a man who refuses to answer her questions, appears to be having a steamy affair with the titled Lady of the house, and who increasingly seems the most likely candidate for murderer. Complicating matters further is his fraught relationship with Laura's able assistant in crime-detection, a fiery, free-spirited runaway who lives in the woods.As Laura probes deeper, the efforts of the villains to silence her become more frantic and her strategies to evade them more ingenious. With total disregard for the escalating danger, she vows to outwit them all. And she does. In a final dramatic - and totally unexpected - scene, she zeroes in on the killer, or it might be more accurate to say the murderer zeroes in on her.Joan Dahr Lambert is the author of CIRCLES OF STONE, a prehistoric novel told through the eyes of three women who became leaders of their tribes, and published by Simon & Schuster in 1997 & 1999. Lambert has written two other prehistoric novels, a novel about wolves for children and a novella, as well as the first two books in the Laura Morland series. The second, BABES IN THE BATHS, will be out soon. Like may published authors, she has decided to try self-publishing. All of her books will soon appear on Kindle and on other on-line venues.
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  1. Mary
    October 24th, 2010 at 08:24 | #1

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    I should have really enjoyed this book. It has all the elements I enjoy, an English county house, various plot twists and a variety of characters. I’m not sure why I didn’t really enjoy it, it felt like a favorite play performed by an amateur theater group. A little too over the top in character and plot. There was very little of the subtlety I enjoy, the understatement that lets you glimpse at what’s coming and try to guess the next plot twist.

  2. Love Starbucks
    October 28th, 2010 at 20:38 | #2

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    An eccentric mystery with many eccentric characters. People are in and out of costume. There’s young Nigel who makes life-like masks of peoples’ faces. There is Thomas who insists that Laura pretend to the Baron and his family that she is his (Thomas’) wife. Then there is Antonia who is married to the Baron but with her own eccentricities. Ditto for the baron and the local vet. Strange too, is the way Laura, our main character happens upon Torrington manor.

    Things are never what they seem and the plot is as convoluted as a maze of hedges. How can Laura ever know whom she can trust?

    Takes place in England with some people speaking French. It really is a delightful adventure/mystery–just right for a cool Halloween read.

  3. Sarah P.
    October 28th, 2010 at 23:40 | #3

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    A truly enjoyable read, Walking into Murder transports you to the charming English countryside in a wonderfully woven tale full of intrigue, compelling characters, and engaging plot twists. Written in elegant prose that is accessible to all readers yet provides a welcome challenge to one’s vocabulary, Joan Lambert’s murder mystery captures you from the beginning. It is a pleasure to read both for its story and for Lambert’s beautiful writing style. Not only does the well-crafted plot keep you from putting down the novel, but the richly developed characters and vividly described setting whisk you away to the Cotswalds. Walking into Murder is a delight to read from cover to cover, and it will keep you guessing to the very end!

  4. L.B. Proctor
    October 30th, 2010 at 06:00 | #4

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    What a fast paced, fun read. The story starts as richly textured and mild, much like the character of England’s Cotswolds themselves, but soon develops real intrigue. The plot thickens just a bit at a time, as the characters grow more and more engaging. A dose of uncertainty here, a doubt that something is as it appears, subtle clues from unlikely places. Once I was fully absorbed and confident in my views of the settings, the motives and the likely culprits, the rug was pulled out entirely. And in the end, it all works. Completely satisfying. I am eager for another trip with Professor Laura Moreland! L. B. Proctor

  5. Marilynn Bachorik
    November 5th, 2010 at 16:56 | #5

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    My title says it all. The heroine gets into one outrageous situation after another, and the main male character gets conked unconscious time after time yet miraculously suffers no brain damage. It was all just too much. I ended up skipping through page after page just to get finished, not that I cared about how it ended, just can’t seem to leave a book unfinished once I’ve started reading it.

  6. andiesenji
    November 5th, 2010 at 17:57 | #6

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    I love mysteries set in the UK in any era. I liked this one because the characters were believable even though some were quirky.

    It was a real mystery and had a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming.

    Great book.

  7. Jamie Z.
    November 6th, 2010 at 10:23 | #7

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    I always love a book that is accessible and reader friendly, yet well written with great vocabulary and interesting characters & plot. The perfect quick read; intriguing, entertaining, fun and takes me away. Well done. I enjoy a mystery author who I can count on to have these traits in his/her writing. I am looking forward to more by Joan Lambert.

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