Ann Granger… Markby & Mitchell Village Whodunit Series

I just finished the twelfth novel in the (Chief Inspector) Markby and (Meredith) Mitchell Village Whodunit Mystery Series (by Ann Granger) and as usual, I have been left with a feeling of great satisfaction. As I was reading the novel, I kept asking myself… Why do I like this series?

I have to admit that by the twelfth book in a series, a lot of the time I find myself wondering… will this book be able to "hold me?" That sounds rather high-and-mighty, no doubt, but some of you will have to admit to knowing when an author should simply wrap up the series rather than continue. It is always difficult to drop a series that was once a favorite…

I am glad I don’t have that problem with Granger’s Markby and Mitchell series. I still find the characters interesting, and I also find the plot lines enjoyable (and plausible.) As I read this last novel, I found myself falling for the red herrings, and was pleasantly surprised by the ending. And, speaking of the ending… I liked that the book took +/- fifty pages for the mystery to be solved. I absolutely hate it when I have devoted the time to read 300 pages, and then the author wraps up the mystery in the last two pages… almost as if the editor said, "Wrap it up… we go to print tomorrow." I want the solution to the mystery to be woven into the plot line, not simply attached at the end of the novel. I want something interesting… something with twists and turns… and that is what Granger delivers.

A good friend of mine told me about Ann Granger, and I think about my friend every time I pick a Granger novel to read. I am so glad that she recommended Granger’s Markby and Mitchell series to me. (Thank you!)

So, for you blog readers who aren’t yet familiar with this Ann Granger series…  If you haven’t yet read a Markby and Mitchell novel, why don’t you try one? You might become a Granger fan, also!

Comments

  1. I’ve been reading Ann Granger’s Mitchell and Markby series and enjoying them overall, although there is a blatant and annoying oversight in one of the books I recently read. Having gone through at least nine of the books, the most striking thing is the horrible editing job that has been done to each and every one of these books. There are so many typographical errors and poor phrasing, not to mention incorrect hyphenation of words. It makes me wonder whether the proofreader/editor/typist/whatever is a native speaker/reader/writer of the English language. This consistently poor editing detracts from the enjoyment of the stories.

  2. Hmmm…. I usually notice poor editing, but have not been bothered by any of these. I wonder if my overall enthusiasm for all of the Mitchell and Markby books has left me with a somewhat far-sighted view of any problems… Simply said, I like the series so much that I might be overlooking them…

    Also, I believe these books are printed in Great Britain, which could account for some of the different spelling of words, as well as some of the different ways of saying things… Just a thought…

  3. I have just started reading Granger’s books for school and I love them! Does anyone know where I can find a biography about her?

  4. Hi Leslie,

    Hopefully someone will be able to help you with her biography. I just did a search about her life, and it is pretty limited on the internet. Have you tried Wikipedia? It seemed to have the most information…

  5. I enjoy these books because there’s no bad language or sex. I haven’t seen a new book for some time. I’d like to know what happened to the romance!

  6. Me too, Rita! I hope that Granger writes at least one more mystery in this series so that she can wrap it up. But, since it has been such a long time since the last one, I’m not holding my breath…

  7. I didnt realize I just read the last of the Mitchell/Markby series! Noooooooooooo! Why? If anyone has an email address for her, please, give it to me so I can beg for one more…..at least one more……

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Hope, I was so sorry when I read That Way Murder Lies, also. I still don’t understand why Ann Granger dropped this wonderful Markby & Mitchell Village Whodunit Mystery Series in 2004.

  8. Hmmm, you’ve all made me curious about this author. I’ve yet to read any of her books but upon these recommendations I’m going to get one now. And I just checked the UK Amazon site, the latest Granger novel was published in December 2011 and it’s a new series. Hope this helps brighten someone’s day. :-) Here’s a link to the new book, and there is also an author page for Ann Granger on the same site. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rack-Murder-Campbell-Carter-Mystery/dp/0755349113/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344445749&sr=1-1

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Donna, I tried one of Ann Granger’s other series but it just wasn’t the same as the Markby and Mitchell Village Whodunit Mystery Series.

      • Danna, can you suggest a good first book for someone who hasn’t read this author yet? Lately there isn’t much free time for reading anything so I try to choose carefully. Sad to say, but when I sit down with a good book/ebook I tend to nod off after a few minutes. This has nothing to do with the quality of the mystery, it’s just me being tired (but not old, I hope!) :-)

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Donna, I would definitely recommend that you read Ann Granger’s Markby and Mitchell Whodunnit Mystery Series in the correct chronological order, starting with the first mystery in the series, Say It with Poison. (And I’d do now so that I would be ready to read the second mystery in the series for Christmas – A Season for Murder.)

  9. I am very much enjoying the Mitchell and Markby series. Of particular interest to me, is their Together but Apart relationship sometimes known as LAT (Living Apart Together) since I am editing an anthology of just such relationships.
    I have yet to read Granger’s latest whodunnits and look forward to this fall to read them all.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Linda, isn’t Ann Granger’s Markby & Mitchell Mystery Series good? I am so sorry Granger stopped writing these wonderful mystery books!

  10. I just wish she would write some more of them!!! That’s all I ask….:O)

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