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  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    These cozy village stories seem to get better, as this one has a very nice tribute to RAF, WWII pilots and crew. The Colonel is invited to visit an old friend now running a B & B, and this visit coincides with a tribute organized to honor those who served in WWII. The squadron members staying at the B & B are friendly enough and share memories with the Colonel. Of course there will be a suspicious death and of course the Colonel is the one to discover the body. The Colonel has to leave his cat i These cozy village stories seem to get better, as this one has a very nice tribute to RAF, WWII pilots and crew. The Colonel is invited to visit an old friend now running a B & B, and this visit coincides with a tribute organized to honor those who served in WWII. The squadron members staying at the B & B are friendly enough and share memories with the Colonel. Of course there will be a suspicious death and of course the Colonel is the one to discover the body. The Colonel has to leave his cat in a cattery; once back home he is working in the shed when Naomi, the next door gardening neighbor finally manages to barge in to see what he gets up to in the shed. As always there are interesting gardening tips, but I awarded four stars this time due to the recognition given to the brave soldiers. This would be a fitting book to read over Veterans Day. Kindle Unlimited

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    “Strike hard, strike sure” Retired Colonel Hugh (second name annoyingly never given) lives in a cottage in the English village of Frog End. A widower, he lives alone except for Thursday, a cat which has adopted him, but he's on friendly terms with his neighbours, especially Naomi from next door, who pops round most evenings for a drink. Apparently this book is part of a series about Hugh and I get the impression his village and neighbours feature more prominently in the earlier books. In this one “Strike hard, strike sure” Retired Colonel Hugh (second name annoyingly never given) lives in a cottage in the English village of Frog End. A widower, he lives alone except for Thursday, a cat which has adopted him, but he's on friendly terms with his neighbours, especially Naomi from next door, who pops round most evenings for a drink. Apparently this book is part of a series about Hugh and I get the impression his village and neighbours feature more prominently in the earlier books. In this one, however, Hugh has been invited to stay with old friends who now run a Bed and Breakfast in Buckby, near an old RAF Bomber Command station. While he is there, there is to be a reunion of members of the Bomber crews, some of whom will also be staying at the B&B. At first everything goes well, but when a tragic death occurs, Hugh can't help wondering if it wasn't as accidental as the police seem to think... This falls firmly into the category of 'cosy', situated in the type of English village that really only exists in the pages of Agatha Christie or in episodes of Midsomer Murders. It's well written and the character of Hugh is rounded and sympathetic, and his conversations with his inquisitive but helpful neighbour Naomi give us the opportunity to get to know more about him and about life in the village. In a note at the beginning, the author reminds readers that the crews of Bomber Command were somewhat forgotten after the war, and it's only recently that a memorial has been erected to them. A good deal of this book is given over to filling in some of the history of this part of the war effort, told mainly through the reminiscences of the crew members. In fact, that aspect really crowds out the mystery element to a large degree – it felt that Mayhew's real intent was to pay tribute to the bombers. While I enjoyed the book overall, I had a feeling of time displacement all the way through. If the action is taking place in the near-present, which it seems to be from some of the references, that would mean that the youngest of these veterans would have to be in his mid-eighties, and they seemed an exceptionally sprightly bunch of octogenarians to me. The Colonel himself is described as having served in 'post-war Colonial Singapore' and yet he doesn't come over as old enough for that either. I felt the book would have worked better if it had been clearly set in the 1990s. However, that aside, the war element of the book felt well-researched and as if it gave an accurate picture of what life may have been like for the Bomber crews. For my taste, the book was too heavily weighted towards the historical aspect at the expense of creating a good mystery plot, but overall I found it an entertaining read nonetheless. NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Severn House. www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lelia Taylor

    I love a gentle, English village traditional mystery and The Seventh Link satisfies my yearning quite nicely with some reservations. Yes, there's murder and other mayhem afoot but it's all so genteel, so very British, and there's no silliness as we so often see in American cozies. I do appreciate those cozies but my enjoyment of the British traditionals is just a smidgen more intense. The pacing is very slow in this book mainly because of a great deal of narrative and description having to do wit I love a gentle, English village traditional mystery and The Seventh Link satisfies my yearning quite nicely with some reservations. Yes, there's murder and other mayhem afoot but it's all so genteel, so very British, and there's no silliness as we so often see in American cozies. I do appreciate those cozies but my enjoyment of the British traditionals is just a smidgen more intense. The pacing is very slow in this book mainly because of a great deal of narrative and description having to do with the lot of bomber crews in World War II and their treatment by their country during and after the war. I appreciate learning more about these crews and, although I was already aware of the tremendous dangers, I am glad to have a clearer understanding of who these men were (and, in rapidly decreasing numbers, still are). An especially appealing passage is an exchange between the Colonel and a "sprightly" older woman who had flown war planes, including the heavy Lancaster bombers, around the country but I did feel there was a bit too much re-telling of history overall. This is a mystery and it was pretty obvious who was going to be killed but the dead body doesn't show up until well past the halfway point of the book, rather late in the day for most mystery readers. After that, the sleuthing is all very cerebral, much as you would find in a Poirot mystery, and there's no real finding of evidence and that sort of thing. I had it pretty much figured out early on but was completely surprised by the last few pages. So, did I love this book? Decidedly no. Will I read another in the series? Confoundedly yes and I can't really tell you why other than I like the central characters and I want to know if the surprise at the end of this one happens in the other books. Oh, and I really enjoyed the relationship between the Colonel and a cat named Thursday ;-) Online information about Ms. Mayhew is limited and I can't be sure I'm right about this but I believe these are the books in the series in order of publication--- Old Soldiers Never Die Three Silent Things Dry Bones The Seventh Link I did not feel at a disadvantage reading this fourth book first but I'm eager to go back and start at the beginning (if I can find the first one) to get more of the Colonel's backstory and learn more about his home, the village of Frog's End. In the meantime, I'm in the mood to go watch a good World War II movie ;-) Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, January 2015.

  4. 4 out of 5

    claudia ruddy

    Disappointed I loved this book in the beginning but the ending let me down with a thud. The writing is excellent, the protagonist sympathetic but the plot lacks a great deal. Felt like half a book. No resolution, just a cosmic shrug.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandra P. Hess

    Enjoyed the first four books, but this one seemed to be missing half of the book. A waste of time except for the history of the pilots of WW II.

  6. 4 out of 5

    John Lee

    After a challenging read, its nice to get back to an 'armchair and slippers' kind of a series you know. A Cozy visit to Frogs End. Once again the Colonel is off visiting old friends and this time gets involved in a reunion of a Second World War Bomber Crew. As his friend Naomi perceptibly guesses 'and was there a body?' I didn't enjoy this as much as the others (although my wife says that she thought it was better !). The author , perhaps understandably, believes that the crews of the Lancaster Bo After a challenging read, its nice to get back to an 'armchair and slippers' kind of a series you know. A Cozy visit to Frogs End. Once again the Colonel is off visiting old friends and this time gets involved in a reunion of a Second World War Bomber Crew. As his friend Naomi perceptibly guesses 'and was there a body?' I didn't enjoy this as much as the others (although my wife says that she thought it was better !). The author , perhaps understandably, believes that the crews of the Lancaster Bombers in the last war were its unsung heroes but it seemed to me that he overlaboured the point. This and the loss of the village badinage rather detracted from the usual series flavour. No matter the Colonel is back again in his cottage and may be Thursday will pretend he didnt enjoy his break at the Cattery, as much as he did, and forgive the Colonel for leaving him again, eventually. Still an enjoyable read but just not as much as usual. On to the next.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ionia

    What could be better for a long winter's night than an English cosy mystery featuring a rustic cottage and an absurd yet adorable cat? Nothing. That's what. This book was not a tough and gritty mystery, but rather a gentle and curious one that I quite enjoyed. I like characters with memorable personality traits and the Colonel is definitely one of those characters. This book is smart and fun with good humour and isn't very long so it is perfect for an afternoon of reading or bedtime reading duri What could be better for a long winter's night than an English cosy mystery featuring a rustic cottage and an absurd yet adorable cat? Nothing. That's what. This book was not a tough and gritty mystery, but rather a gentle and curious one that I quite enjoyed. I like characters with memorable personality traits and the Colonel is definitely one of those characters. This book is smart and fun with good humour and isn't very long so it is perfect for an afternoon of reading or bedtime reading during these early nights of winter. The fact that the main character professes himself as a non-believer and then gets roped into the church anyway made m smile. Recommended to those who enjoy a good mystery and a good laugh. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    L.A.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was enjoying this very English cozy mystery, just the kind of easy, familiar read I feel like right now, until it abruptly ended in a way that to me is unforgivable in this genre. To be blunt, the mystery is not solved, not for certain. And the amateur sleuth just kind of shrugs and doesn't really care. No. Just no. I was enjoying this very English cozy mystery, just the kind of easy, familiar read I feel like right now, until it abruptly ended in a way that to me is unforgivable in this genre. To be blunt, the mystery is not solved, not for certain. And the amateur sleuth just kind of shrugs and doesn't really care. No. Just no.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mr Kenneth L Mullen

    Another great story Another great story in the Village Mysteries series featuring the Colonel and his cat Thursday. He does Seem to get himself embroiled in these situations but they do make for an enjoyable read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I was so delighted to pick this up. I do love a good mystery and I enjoyed this one. This story is more of a mystery at a slower pace but not in any way does the book lose your attention. I was thoroughly engrossed and had many thoughts on the story-line and was into each character and their situation. Although there was a couple of things I would have liked to seen a bit tighter and expanded on. First, half way through the story you learn something about the Colonel. A situation that he tends t I was so delighted to pick this up. I do love a good mystery and I enjoyed this one. This story is more of a mystery at a slower pace but not in any way does the book lose your attention. I was thoroughly engrossed and had many thoughts on the story-line and was into each character and their situation. Although there was a couple of things I would have liked to seen a bit tighter and expanded on. First, half way through the story you learn something about the Colonel. A situation that he tends to get himself in to-quite often it seems- that Naomi-a nosy yet caring lady- points out. I feel that should have been introduced closer to the beginning to the story to give it more depth. Secondly, the ending did not end as I would expect it to and I’m still undecided if it worked for me. I have to say it ends differently than how most mysteries end. I really did enjoy the overall story and found the plot to be brilliant and how the title fitted in with the story was well executed. And I enjoyed the history of the Bomber Command that the author included in the story. That was a wonderful addition to the plot. The author’s rendition and attention to that particular detail was well written and intriguing. World War II enthusiasts would be interested in this aspect of the story. A good read. Stephanie Moore Hopkins

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This was a wonderful cosy mystery set in a village called Frog End and at a Bomber command reunion meeting. I loved the description of Village life. The colonel has resorted to building himself a 'man shed' to escape being roped into eveb more village activities. But he enjoys an evening drink with his neighbour. The characters were really interesting and well rounded. He's invited to his friends B&B where there is a Bomber Command reunion planned which interests him due to his own time in the arm This was a wonderful cosy mystery set in a village called Frog End and at a Bomber command reunion meeting. I loved the description of Village life. The colonel has resorted to building himself a 'man shed' to escape being roped into eveb more village activities. But he enjoys an evening drink with his neighbour. The characters were really interesting and well rounded. He's invited to his friends B&B where there is a Bomber Command reunion planned which interests him due to his own time in the army. It was interesting to read about the work of these teams and to realise just how harrowing each trip would have been. After a shocking discovery, the Colonel is left unsure that the incident was purely accidental. His neighbour uses an Agatha Christie plot to tell him who was guilty and he continues to wonder. I just loved every page of this book- it was such a nice, easy read. Perfect for those cosy evenings when you want to be entertained by such a charming book. With many thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy to review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Adamson

    Another fun mystery starring the colonel in a small English village. Is this really a murder mystery? Part of the mystery is the wondering! A clever and interesting cozy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Landmark

    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This is the fourth in the series about the Colonel who has retired to Frog End village and solves murders. This time he is visiting an old friend in Lincolnshire and gets involved in a Bomber Command reunion. There is a lot of background on the history of Bomber Command and how they have been overlooked in terms of medals and kudos. However, I worked it all out very quickly, it was really quite obvious and the ending was perhaps disappointing. Back in the late 60s I worked with a lovely man (0ld This is the fourth in the series about the Colonel who has retired to Frog End village and solves murders. This time he is visiting an old friend in Lincolnshire and gets involved in a Bomber Command reunion. There is a lot of background on the history of Bomber Command and how they have been overlooked in terms of medals and kudos. However, I worked it all out very quickly, it was really quite obvious and the ending was perhaps disappointing. Back in the late 60s I worked with a lovely man (0ld enough to be my grandfather) who had been a rear gunner and whose crew were among the few who had completed all their tours of duty so I felt this story rather tarnished their heroism.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    After reading Books 1,2,3 ,& 4 then I skipped over to another writer and now am back with Book 5; it's like coming home again. Remembering all the characters and how they interact. This story line is very comfortable and exciting at times. I will complete the series and most likely miss the characters. However, I am sure Ms. Mayhew has more for to keep me entertained. I highly recommend this series. After reading Books 1,2,3 ,& 4 then I skipped over to another writer and now am back with Book 5; it's like coming home again. Remembering all the characters and how they interact. This story line is very comfortable and exciting at times. I will complete the series and most likely miss the characters. However, I am sure Ms. Mayhew has more for to keep me entertained. I highly recommend this series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eirlys

    Very good read. Another interesting story featuring the Colonel. I enjoyed reading this book because he had gone to visit friends, in another village. I liked the location and how evocative the special event was for his generation. The characters were again well rounded and believable.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Di Worley

    Heroes and History Hugh goes to stay with some old friends, who run a B&B in Norfolk. Other guests arrive to honour the sacrifice of Bomber Command crews that served at the adjoining war time airfield. The other guest, a rd-enactment player who gets fully into character. Another good read in this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marie Shirley Griffin

    A must for British citizens It was interesting for me, as an American. I was born in the 60's to a military family, so we were involved in the shameful Vietnam war. But this was really interesting. A must for British citizens It was interesting for me, as an American. I was born in the 60's to a military family, so we were involved in the shameful Vietnam war. But this was really interesting.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This series of mysteries is so different. If you like interesting characters from a small village in England who have quirks but are accepting and open, along with a mystery, you will like this series!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephen F. Johnson

    Another good light mystery in the Cozy Village series. I enjoyed it as much as the previous books in the series. I wish there were more than 6! This is number 4, and has a couple of plot twists to make it more interesting. Keep reading if you like English village mysteries.

  21. 4 out of 5

    NANCY M. WADE

    Disappointing mystery Mayhew's English village cozy mystery with the Colonel snooping into dead bodies is normally a good series. The 7th Link ended disappointingly with the Colonel not really solving the death of an aged airman. I thought the story ended too soon. Disappointing mystery Mayhew's English village cozy mystery with the Colonel snooping into dead bodies is normally a good series. The 7th Link ended disappointingly with the Colonel not really solving the death of an aged airman. I thought the story ended too soon.

  22. 4 out of 5

    B H SLACK

    pleasant little book, relaxing way to spend a few hours, however there was no great mystery to solve. The characters are lovely though, it is a bit like catching up with old friends. Only takes a few hours to read so perfect when you don't want to get too involved because of other comittments, pleasant little book, relaxing way to spend a few hours, however there was no great mystery to solve. The characters are lovely though, it is a bit like catching up with old friends. Only takes a few hours to read so perfect when you don't want to get too involved because of other comittments,

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jaybour

    BLIMEY! This work is more novella than novel. And I hate reading unresolved whodunits. The author has let her readers down although the tribute to the servicemen who manned the bombers is gratifying.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena Gorrell Guimaraens

    Margaret Mayhew's mysteries in Frog's Pond get better and better. Always enjoyable, with feeling and understanding of all kinds of people's foibles, I highly recommend them. I have finished the series. Are there more books coming? I want to know more about Thursday, the poor old cat. Margaret Mayhew's mysteries in Frog's Pond get better and better. Always enjoyable, with feeling and understanding of all kinds of people's foibles, I highly recommend them. I have finished the series. Are there more books coming? I want to know more about Thursday, the poor old cat.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mildred Pace

    Had a wonderful time reading all 4 of the books in the series. The characters were believable and good.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol Hatch

    I didn’t love this one I am a fan of the Village Mysteries series and love the Colonel. But The Seventh Link wasn’t my cup of tea. Too much military for me

  27. 5 out of 5

    June

    Well worth reading Always enjoy reading theses books Love the descriptions in them along with the mystery of the murder. Learnt things I didn't know about bomber command Well worth reading Always enjoy reading theses books Love the descriptions in them along with the mystery of the murder. Learnt things I didn't know about bomber command

  28. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Charming hero solves mysteries that resolve in unexpected ways. Murder is not always what it seems. Psychological motivations are understandable, if not forgivable, and the guilty do not go unpunished, but are not always brought to a court of law. I like this series, but having said that, if, on reflection, I cannot tell the books apart, and can't remember which book I am reviewing, just how memorable was "The Seventh Link." No raw sex. No ridiculously improbably suspense and violence. Good esca Charming hero solves mysteries that resolve in unexpected ways. Murder is not always what it seems. Psychological motivations are understandable, if not forgivable, and the guilty do not go unpunished, but are not always brought to a court of law. I like this series, but having said that, if, on reflection, I cannot tell the books apart, and can't remember which book I am reviewing, just how memorable was "The Seventh Link." No raw sex. No ridiculously improbably suspense and violence. Good escape read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Montgomery

    Another good mystery from Margaret Mayhew but it doesn’t end the way you would expect. I love all the character, i think Frog End KGB is a brilliant name for the residents.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Josephine M Morris

    Good read I enjoyed this book very much. I will read more of her books for sure. Good character studies, which I enjoy

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