Murder in the Dark by Betsy Reavley

I have just finished Murder in the Dark by one of my favourite authors, Betsy Reavley. The story is set in and around Cambridge, England and I did enjoy the descriptions and nods to the area, as well as the tense plot.

The story begins when Tilly Edgely arrives to open up the bookshop where she works and discovers the body of her boss suspended from the ceiling, hanging by a rope around his neck. He was a lovely man, quiet, worked hard, played golf and ran the local scout troup, so who would have a motive to murder him?

DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to the scene and must search for a killer whose identity and motive are certainly not obvious. Of course, when they think they have the murderer in their sights, another body with no connection to the first victim is discovered.

Murder in the Dark is a gripping novel with lots of twists, turns and red herrings. It is a great read and I highly recommend it.


Betsy Freeman Reavley is the author of many crime novels. She was born in Hammersmith, London. As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.

Val Penny



  1. This sounds right up my street!

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  2. Val Penny

    I think you would enjoy it, Katy – but Betsy’s book, Pressure is, in my opinion, even better!
    She is a fine writer.


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