Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Thieves! - 4th in the Vicky Hill Mystery series
Author: Hannah Dennison
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: January 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Gipping-on-Plym, England
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Hannah's Website/Blog: www.hannahdennison.com
I'm usually not a big fan of English mysteries, except Agatha Christie. But, Vicky Hill, investigative reporter may change my mind. She is smart, funny and full of surprises.
It seems that there will be a Morris Dance-a-thon, involving a number of Morris Dancing Troupes coming to Gipping-on-Plym soon to be held at an estate called The Grange in the town. Also, there will be a gathering of gypsies on the same estate. The former Lord of this estate had given gypsies the right to camp on his land each year and they all showed up on this weekend. The visitors have set up their campground, much to the disgust of the townspeople. After the gypsies arrive there are a couple of robberies of silver and some checks are stolen out of mailboxes in the area. And, of course, the residents believe that the gypsies are the culprits.
When Vicky is on her way home from a party she discovers the body of a woman in a shallow stream and reports it to the authorities. Unfortunately, for Vicky, the police take the body to the next town and seem to forget it even existed. Being a reporter, this really gets to Vicky and she goes on the hunt for the victims name and anything else she can cajole out of anyone involved. She is undaunted in her search for justice for this unknown woman and does not give up easily.
This is a delightful book, the fourth in a series featuring Vicky Hill. She is a very pleasing heroine and is also always on the lookout for a boyfriend. She always seems to pick the wrong man but, hopefully someday she will succeed. This tale has many twists and turns in it including some very savvy gypsies who don't always travel in wagons anymore unless they are Winnebago’s and have all the modern conveniences. They are also very conspicuous on FACEBOOK which prompts Vicky to state that FACEBOOK is the curse of the 21st Century because it allows anyone to find anyone else with no right to privacy included.
While living in the Northwest Corner of the US, I had seen many Morris Dancing Exhibitions. The dancers used to come to our hometown to perform every summer and were very popular. I recommend this book to all mystery readers (cozy or not). So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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