On the eve of World War II, Dr Benjamin Bones is at war with himself While most young men are being sent away to fight the Germans, Ben is chosen to serve on English soil Ordered to move to wild, beautiful Cornwall, he must trade his posh London office and stylish city life for the tiny village of Birdswing, population , souls But leaving his home and shelving his career ambitions aren t the only sacrifices facing Ben His unfaithful wife, Penny, is accompanying him to Cornwall in a last ditch effort to save their marriage But moments after their arrival, Penny is run down in the street, and Ben is almost fatally injured And while the villagers assume Penny s death to be an accident, Ben quickly deduces it was murderAs he convalesces in Fenton House, which the locals call haunted, Ben meets Birdswing s eccentric inhabitants Mr Gaston, the volunteer air warden, obsessed with defending his remote village against Nazi spies Mrs Cobblepot, a thoroughly practical housekeeper who believes in fairies and Lady Juliet Linton, a prickly, headstrong aristocrat who won t take no for an answer While adapting to life during Britain s War at Home, a time of ration books, victory gardens, bomb shelters, and the Blackout, Ben sets about solving the mystery of Penny s murder with a little help from Lady Juliet and the Fenton House ghostRRIAGE CAN BE MURDER Dr Benjamin Bones Mysteriesis the new cozy mystery series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emma Jameson


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  1. Ingie Ingie says:

    Review written January 3, 2016 3.8 Stars Okeydokey and jolly good My new audiobook love is maybe cozy mystery crimance novels This was another very amusing treat Yay, I might have found my new book craving Marriage Can Be Murder is yet again an historical cozy mystery audiobook in my taste This time a 8 hours early World War II set and nicely developed adventure in a small Cornwall village Very pleasant narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies who I recognize from some M M romances.Just my Review written January 3, 2016 3.8 Stars Okeydokey and jolly good My new audiobook love is maybe cozy mystery crimance novels This was another very amusing treat Yay, I might have found my new book craving Marriage Can Be Murder is yet again an historical cozy mystery audiobook in my taste This time a 8 hours early World War II set and nicely developed adventure in a small Cornwall village Very pleasant narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies who I recognize from some M M romances.Just mystery joy and a touch of grand romance September 1939Our main character, the young Dr Benjamin Bones, is on his way for a new position as provincial doctor in the tiny village of Birdswing , Cornwall UK Then the very worst happens It is a dark evening and his wife, Penny accompanying in a last ditch effort to save their poor unhappy marriage after her unfaithfulness , is moments after their arrival run down in the street Ben is almost fatally injured with two broken legs but luckily he surviveA few days later are they all in war and part of WWII With no other options than to stay in the Birdswing village and leave his posh London office and stylish city life is the now widowed but not to sadly mourning Dr Bonesandconvinced that it was murder not an accident that killed Penny six foot two if she stood an inch, clad in what looked like waterproof trousers, a man s green Macintosh, and galoshes Dull brown hair was scraped back in a bun, exposing what seemed like too much face a vast expanse of forehead and chin and cheeks, all of it sunburned There is a good mystery to be solved here in Marriage Can Be Murder but even better this is a small village story told with a warm heart and a lot of amusing characters I loved and cared for them all.As a pretty tall girl myself you know Swedish , non petit woman, can t I help but feel some extra for this tall, always in wrong clothes and a bit clumsy not at all stunning beautiful heroine, Lady Juliet LintonA headstrong aristocrat who won t take no for an answerI was heartbroken and nearly started to cry for that brave and awesome woman Please, please Juliet, don t give up. one day is it your turn Juliet berated herself For not canceling due to threat of rain for choosing that hat for blundering into the greenhouse and revealing how ridiculous she felt to the two people she d never wanted to know Most of all, for forgetting her vow to never again fall for a beautiful man I just needof this kind of likeable, heartwarming believable, not Princess like, heroines in my reads Or should I write we Lady Juliet Linton us a memorable new favorite.Here are also some sweet second characters as the hilarious Mr Gaston, the local not super clever policeman, his sister, the widow Mrs Cobblepot, later to be Dr Bones perfect caring housekeeper Cross my fingers I will meet them and a another bunch of Birdswing citizens again Because I can t not try, was all he d been able to say Perhaps the same was true of tracking down Penny s killer Getting on with his own life was probably the best course, yet when it came down to it, he couldn t help but try The crime case was a solid whodunnit and it took a while before we had any real clues To be honest I have a embarrassingMidsomer Murderslife style addiction and a since years admiration for crime ficton It is even better when moved to a charming Cornwall tiny village set in late 30s Simply Splendid Add a good and well done audio edition, with a perfect male narrator voice, and you get it all My liking Marriage Can Be Murder isn t a romance but there are a lot about love and feelings I m satisfied and just wish and hope it will be a second book soon I wantthat s always my best raiting I LIKE a good start 2 on my new audiobook year


  2. Steelwhisper Steelwhisper says:

    Quite enchanting historical cozy Quite enchanting historical cozy


  3. Chrissy Dyer Chrissy Dyer says:

    I found this Mystery book better than Sherlock Holmes A lot of twists and turns and keeps you guessing, love it


  4. Pamela Mclaren Pamela Mclaren says:

    Can you say that a charming cozy mystery is still a good read Because Emma Jameson has created one such with Marriage Can Be Murder Call me a sucker for historical stories but this one was set on the eve of World War II as Dr Benjamin Bones travels to a small village where he will serve as physician Traveling with him his wife, who he has found to not be suited to being the wife of a country doctor I brief stop during the notorious blackouts of that period ends badly for the wife who is Can you say that a charming cozy mystery is still a good read Because Emma Jameson has created one such with Marriage Can Be Murder Call me a sucker for historical stories but this one was set on the eve of World War II as Dr Benjamin Bones travels to a small village where he will serve as physician Traveling with him his wife, who he has found to not be suited to being the wife of a country doctor I brief stop during the notorious blackouts of that period ends badly for the wife who is killed and the doctor who is injured.Bones finds himself recovering in the town among people who are not too broken up about his wife s death He s not particularly happy to be there but when duty calls, he serves and gains the support and admiration of the community But his wife s death continues to bother him As an amateur sleuth, Benjamin Bones is pretty sharp and level headed as a character in a book, he is a winner and I found myself enjoying the tale of the village citizens, their lives and the mystery Yes, its a cozy, but its a winning tale Can t wait to read the net adventure of Dr Bones


  5. Stacie Haden Stacie Haden says:

    Right up my alley A solid historical mystery with realistic, intelligent main characters and a few good doses of humor I ll be reading the other series by Emma Jameson, as well The first of her other series, has been waiting in my kindle for at least a year I didn t know what I was missing.


  6. Kristy Kristy says:

    I was gifted a copy of Marriage can be Murder by Emma Jameson, in exchange for an honest review.I started reading Marriage can be Murder unsure with what I ll be getting, as this was my first book from Emma Jameson I couldn t put the book down, wanting NEEDING to know This story was filled with suspense, leaving me guessing until the very end There were times when I thought I d figured out the WHO WHY, but boy was I wrong, I never would have guessed even with all the details giv I was gifted a copy of Marriage can be Murder by Emma Jameson, in exchange for an honest review.I started reading Marriage can be Murder unsure with what I ll be getting, as this was my first book from Emma Jameson I couldn t put the book down, wanting NEEDING to know This story was filled with suspense, leaving me guessing until the very end There were times when I thought I d figured out the WHO WHY, but boy was I wrong, I never would have guessed even with all the details given throughout Thank you Emma, for a captivating mystery, filled with twists, turns, a true Sherlock Holmes style book The lead characters were fun to read, fumbling as they did, trying to solve the mystery oddly complimenting one another I look forward to reading the next book in the Dr Benjamin Bones Mysteries


  7. Joan Joan says:

    I liked this, but sadly not as much as I hoped I would For some reason I didn t get the feel of it being early wartime even though there were all the wartime bits the ARP Warden the blackouts, etcAnd the annoying thing is that I don t quite know why The writing is lovely and some of the characters are really detailed and engaging but somehow it didn t gel with me I will put it aside and give it another go later on maybe it s just me probably is, as this has some wonderful review I liked this, but sadly not as much as I hoped I would For some reason I didn t get the feel of it being early wartime even though there were all the wartime bits the ARP Warden the blackouts, etcAnd the annoying thing is that I don t quite know why The writing is lovely and some of the characters are really detailed and engaging but somehow it didn t gel with me I will put it aside and give it another go later on maybe it s just me probably is, as this has some wonderful reviews and I have read other books by this author and been utterly enthralled and delighted a small niggle though I do wish US writers would have their British stories checked for Americanisms I don t mean spellings eg colored coloured theatre theater Those mean exactly the same thing The one that really bugs me is whiskey It s whisky Without an e There is a distinct difference in the drinks, and in 1940s, in England they would be drinking whisky the Irish whiskey business hador less collapsed


  8. UltraMeital UltraMeital says:

    Took me long enough to read this book It s not my go to genre, so I guess it has a lot to do with this fact I m not used to reading Mysteries, especially not Historical ones I enjoyed it Both MC Dr Ben Bones and Lady Juliet Linton were smart and entertaining I really wished for something to happen between them but it only shows how many romance novels I ve been reading, trying to hook up any couple I can find I gotta say the Mystery was muchcomplex than I thought would be Took me long enough to read this book It s not my go to genre, so I guess it has a lot to do with this fact I m not used to reading Mysteries, especially not Historical ones I enjoyed it Both MC Dr Ben Bones and Lady Juliet Linton were smart and entertaining I really wished for something to happen between them but it only shows how many romance novels I ve been reading, trying to hook up any couple I can find I gotta say the Mystery was muchcomplex than I thought would be But I wish we hadclues along the way before the big reveal.Dr Benjamin Bones and his unfaithful wife Penny are driving up from London to the village Penny grew up in Birdswing It s the eve of WWII, and though many men are wanted at the front, Ben is needed in the country, as a new doctor to help take care of the small community in this village and the ones near it if needed He isn t sure how to deal with his wife, it seems divorce is the only way to go, and yet it seems other people have a different solution in mind as he and Penny is run over when they arrive at the village Ben is severely injured while Penny dies on the spot It COULD be an accident but Ben thinks otherwise, but since the only law officer is consumed by the war and what it will bring, he has to do his own sleuthing to try and uncover why someone would want to kill his wife The task isn t that easy considering Penny was hated at the village. As Ben is getting better, he starts to build a life in the small village, getting to know the people who live there, their quirks and pains There was something endearing in the way we get to meet so many of the people who live in this small place and know everything there is to know about each other Our second constant and POV is Lady Juliet Lindon She is very influential in this small village though not for her looks or her grace which she apparently lacks She is smart, strong and VERY capable on her own, and yet she falls for Ben and his smart, caring and considerate character even if the LAST thing she needs now is a man interested in her or not. she is still dealing with enough rumors about her missing husband whom she doesn t miss one bit Juliet was refreshing She was a lot of fun, not only when she is sure of herself, but mostly when she isn t trying to act rationally when she feels is losing her mind over a man she shouldn t covet I loved that we had so many strong women in this book, it s something I could expect Emma but maybe less in that timing or maybe BECAUSE of the timing which left so many women to fend for themselves while the men were playing war The mystery was always there at the back of our minds, but the book mostly centers around Ben healing and finding his place in the village he is going to call his own There are a lot of colorful characters, even a busy and a bit helpful ghost, a few witches and a beautiful school teacher who catches Ben s interest Nearing the end things get messy quickly until the big reveal of who the culprit is I wish like in Emma s other series Lord and Lady Hetheridge the Mystery would have taken a bigger role I DID enjoy the setting of the story, and the relationship buildup between Ben and the other residents of Birdswing yet I felt I needed MORE to keep me on my toes This series continues with another novel focusingabout Juliet s marital issues called Divorce Can Be Deadly I planned on reading it right after this one, but I m going to give it a little break and return to my go to reads for a little bit I enjoyed this one If you re into Mysteries and Historical novels you MUST give it a go if your usual go to islike my usual reads, I still suggest you give it a go, it s charming and witty, but prepared for no real romance angle and adramatic vibe with a mystery sprinkled on top More Reviews HERE


  9. Christy Wilson Christy Wilson says:

    I m a big fan of mysteries, and this one did not disappoint.The book is set in England in 1939 during WWII Dr Benjamin Bones and his wife, Penny, who are on the verge of divorce, are being sent to her hometown of Birdswing due to the war, and how the government is working to have doctors in practical locations so no town goes without.Penny feels that this will help their marriage, but Ben is thinking on the drive there that nothing can save it Their car breaks down and again, due to the war, I m a big fan of mysteries, and this one did not disappoint.The book is set in England in 1939 during WWII Dr Benjamin Bones and his wife, Penny, who are on the verge of divorce, are being sent to her hometown of Birdswing due to the war, and how the government is working to have doctors in practical locations so no town goes without.Penny feels that this will help their marriage, but Ben is thinking on the drive there that nothing can save it Their car breaks down and again, due to the war, they are in pitch black dark because it is lights off to avoid the enemy from seeing the town While they walk to get help, they are run over by another vehicle, and Penny is killed Dr Bones is injured.Dr Bones is forced from his depression of feeling helpless by local town member Lady Juliet Lady Juliet is a no nonsense, giant of a woman She is estranged from her husband, who married her for her money She in a way browbeats and manipulates Dr Bones until he feels forced to get up and recover in order to do his job.Soon, he mysteriously receives a note that says, Sorry, it was supposed to be her, you weren t meant to be hurt What follows is Ben and Juliet s attempts to solve Penny s murder, while being surrounded by many wonderful colorful supporting characters The local air warden also serves as a constable His job as air warden isimportant to him, and he is bumbling His sister, anxious to get away from him, moves in with Dr Bones to help with the office work as well as being a housekeeper cook The interaction between Ben and Juliet is the highlight of this story They fumble, they snipe, they laugh I should mention that Juliet feels like a bit of an outcast a woman who stands 6 feet tall and feels as if she towers over all men that surround her She has been teased about this throughout her life, which is why she is so headstrong.A great whodunit, wonderfully written, that kept me on the edge of my seat I didn t want to put it down because I was dying to know whodunit


  10. Marsha Marsha says:

    I have read a couple of Emma Jameson s Lord Hetheridge mystery series and liked them well enough, but this new book of hers is head and shoulders above her detective series.Dr Benjamin Bones and his wife, Penny who is not a very nice person are sent to a small village in Cornwall for the duration of WWII The very night they arrive, a truck deliberately runs them both down, killing Penny and breaking both of Ben s legs.Welcome to Cornwall.Dr Bones recovers with the help of the villagers I have read a couple of Emma Jameson s Lord Hetheridge mystery series and liked them well enough, but this new book of hers is head and shoulders above her detective series.Dr Benjamin Bones and his wife, Penny who is not a very nice person are sent to a small village in Cornwall for the duration of WWII The very night they arrive, a truck deliberately runs them both down, killing Penny and breaking both of Ben s legs.Welcome to Cornwall.Dr Bones recovers with the help of the villagers who desperately need a doctor and the local aristocrat, an unlikely, ungainly giantess Lady Juliet Linton Together, they solve the mystery of who killed Penny and why It was a good plot, but most of all, the characters in the village along with Ben and Juliet are engagingly appealing.I m looking forward to the next in the series, so start writing, Emma