Broken Music

Broken Music

A Mystery

Book - 2011
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The year is 1919 and the population of Great Britain is still struggling to its feet after being hit by the atrocities of the First World War. Progress is slow, even in quiet spots like the village of Broughton Underhill, on the edge of the Black Country. Gradually soldiers return, wounds begin to heal, and people try to move on with their lives. Former police sergeant Herbert Reardon has returned to the village, determined to solve an old murder--a woman was found drowned in the lake when the war was just beginning.

However, as Reardon begins to investigate, it becomes clear that secrets still abound and lips are staying sealed. When Edith Huckaby, a maid from Oaklands Park, is found murdered in exactly the same spot, Reardon is convinced that the two cases are linked. As he endeavors to discover the hidden truth, his suspects and witnesses are painstakingly trying to rebuild their lives, in a world that has been changed and scarred forever.

Broken Music is a masterful portrait of the horrors of the front line and the anxiety of the home front, as the loves and losses of wartime Britain are woven together and the truth slowly dawns on a local tragedy.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312591458
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ECCLES M
Characteristics: 382 pages ; 22 cm.


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Dec 09, 2016

Since this is the first book in the Herbert Reardon series, I was hoping for the detective to feature more strongly in the story line. Actually what I was hoping for was a character as great as Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge - not the case. The book needed some editing and contained some fairly unbelievable resolutions to about 6 story lines. I may try another in hope of improvement, but I am not overly optimistic. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jan 26, 2016

Too long and tedious. very plodding style to get anywhere. Hard to keep interested. There was TMI for a mystery. If she had been writing a historical tour of England around WWi, the information, the long-winded sentences would have been more appropriate.

annelibnyc Dec 02, 2011

One of my favorite authors of historical suspense novels. Like previous books, this is more an Edwardian soap opera than a mystery. Although there are murders to be solved, it is the methodical unraveling of secrets that give this story the most juice! If you enjoy books about this era, or are a fan of the Downton Abbey series you will love this book!


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