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  1. Susan Susan says:

    Set in 1929, this is the beginning of a new series, featuring Fran Black and Tom Dod, who pair up to investigate a murder Fran has been lonely since her husband left her for another woman and so she enjoys the company of the Robert Barnaby Society a society set up to champion the work of a children s author, whose characters transport themselves to different periods in history with the use of a magic chair The chair itself is said to live at Furnival Towers, now a hotel hosting the society s Set in 1929, this is the beginning of a new series, featuring Fran Black and Tom Dod, who pair up to investigate a murder Fran has been lonely since her husband left her for another woman and so she enjoys the company of the Robert Barnaby Society a society set up to champion the work of a children s author, whose characters transport themselves to different periods in history with the use of a magic chair The chair itself is said to live at Furnival Towers, now a hotel hosting the society s annual conference.One of the members, Linda Dexter, was supposed to be giving a paper The Magic Chair Fact or Fiction, which she promised would cause a bit of a furore However, she disappears, much to the disapproval of the Society Chairman, Hugh Allonby, who takes the opportunity to give his own talk Controlling, bureaucratic and official, Allonby does not seem at all concerned that Linda seems to have vanished, but suspects she was too nervous to give her talk However, this does not seem at all likely to Fran and, when fellow member Tom, calls to say a body has been found, the two throw themselves into finding out what really happened This is a fairly interesting start to a series, although it sometimes feels a little modern and out of period As Fran is unavailable separated, but not divorced the author has created a scenario where her friendship with Tom cannot really develop he has his own personal issues and it will be interesting to see how she overcomes all these barriers she has thrown between them I liked Fran, with her friend Mo, difficult mother and her bemusement about the fate that life has thrown at her WWI shadows the book, with most of the major characters affected by events from that time and the after effects I liked the way, for example, Fran having voted for the first time is bemused that it feels such an anti climax.Overall, a reasonable start to a series I would certainly read on, even though I felt that the plot could have been tighter and the periodrealistic I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley Rated 3.5


  2. Kris - My Novelesque Life Kris - My Novelesque Life says:

    RATING 2 STARS Review Not on Blog This historical mystery was right up my alley, when it came to the synopsis However it took me so long to get into and then I eventually had to skim through some chapters till it picked up but I could not really get into the story I could not connect to the plot or characters I received an eARC from NETGALLEY


  3. Judy Lesley Judy Lesley says:

    Thank you to NetGalley and Severn House Publishing for a digital galley of this novel.One of the things I found interesting in this first novel in a new series is that there is no police presence in the book The two main characters, Fran Black and Tom Dod, do all the investigating on their own with no help or hindrance from anyone in the official policing community The story moves along at a rather sedate pace with Fran making many trips through the Dales on public transport busses to meet Tom Thank you to NetGalley and Severn House Publishing for a digital galley of this novel.One of the things I found interesting in this first novel in a new series is that there is no police presence in the book The two main characters, Fran Black and Tom Dod, do all the investigating on their own with no help or hindrance from anyone in the official policing community The story moves along at a rather sedate pace with Fran making many trips through the Dales on public transport busses to meet Tom who does have an automobile for investigations or meetings to compare notes Luckily Fran is able to afford a telephone because that instrument is invaluable in keeping Tom and her friend, Mo, apprised of the progress of the investigations Fran and Tom are members of the Robert Barnaby Society, a nationwide group established to honor the famous author of children s books At the yearly conference one of the speakers goes missing before she can give a speech which had the potential to cause dissention among the membership Now it seems that the Executive Committee of the society would prefer to have Linda Dexter s death be quietly ruled a suicide so that no hint of scandal attaches to them Fran and Tom see the possibility ofgoing on and decide to try to find the truth.The time period of 1929 is a little hard to feel in this novel even after reading about Fran taking advantage of her first opportunity to vote for Prime Minister The author does a good job of trying to keep the language true to the period but I did find myself reacting a few times to particular words or phrases Not enough to ruin the book for me, just enough that I noticed The author has also written the matrimonial situations for both lead characters in such a way that it is hard to see how they can remain sleuthing companions without involving themselves in personal problems I hope there will be some way out for these two who are obviously attracted to each other and yet have two such unusual marriages The pace of this novel is rather slow, but very thorough in revealing the facts uncovered by the two amateur sleuths That very slowness is the reason the resolution of the crime struck me as so rushed and unsatisfactory One level of the novel I really enjoyed was seeing the inner conflicts and positioning of the members of the Robert Barnaby Society Those segments of the book rang very true and will be easily recognized by anyone who has ever been involved in a group of this type The hint of a second book is pretty plainly stated at the end of this story so it probably won t be long before this investigating duo is back at work trying to find the truth behind their next mystery


  4. Betty Betty says:

    New series and the first time I have read this author It is set in 1005 in England A historical novel with some mystery It covers how women were perceived and treated especially where a marriage is involved Francis Black and Tom Tod are the protests and both have noncompliant marriages About 1 2 through the book there is a major shift in the story and it becomes a cold case mystery The story has elements of the Nora and Charles books.Francis and Tom at an of Robert Barnaby Society confere New series and the first time I have read this author It is set in 1005 in England A historical novel with some mystery It covers how women were perceived and treated especially where a marriage is involved Francis Black and Tom Tod are the protests and both have noncompliant marriages About 1 2 through the book there is a major shift in the story and it becomes a cold case mystery The story has elements of the Nora and Charles books.Francis and Tom at an of Robert Barnaby Society conference when Linda Dexter goes missing and is later her body found smashed on a railroad track Francis and Tom decided to look into Linda s papers on Robert Barnaby They discover that Linda was a principle in a murder about twenty years earlier Does her death date back to the previous murder or is the cause of new information about the Magic Chair is the cause I recommend this book Disclosure Many thanks to Severn House for my copy for review The opinions expresses are my own


  5. Deanne Patterson Deanne Patterson says:

    1929 Northern England Book one in the Black Dod Mystery series A woman, committee member Linda Dexter disappears the night before she is to make a speech to the Robert Barnaby Society on the subject of the famous writer s magic chair This intriguing historical cosy mystery has amateur sleuths Frances Black and Tom Dod who are fellow members determined to find out what really happened when they take the mystery into their on hands Could the woman have been killed to silence her from tell 1929 Northern England Book one in the Black Dod Mystery series A woman, committee member Linda Dexter disappears the night before she is to make a speech to the Robert Barnaby Society on the subject of the famous writer s magic chair This intriguing historical cosy mystery has amateur sleuths Frances Black and Tom Dod who are fellow members determined to find out what really happened when they take the mystery into their on hands Could the woman have been killed to silence her from telling what she has found out and does a killer walk among the members or is it a random killer I enjoyed the historical atmosphere presented in the book.Pub Date 01 Mar 2018Thank you to NetGalley and Severn House for a review copy I was not required to write a positive review


  6. Susan Susan says:

    Frances Black has little to do now that her husband has run off with another woman Her respectable mother can t stand the idea of a divorce So Fran has thrown herself into the concerns of the Robert Barnaby society, dedicated to the beloved children s author who disappeared into the trenches of World War I When one of the speakers at their annual meeting disappears, Fran and Tom Dod cooperate to find out what happened to the woman Or is it an excuse to spend time with Tom, who is very attrac Frances Black has little to do now that her husband has run off with another woman Her respectable mother can t stand the idea of a divorce So Fran has thrown herself into the concerns of the Robert Barnaby society, dedicated to the beloved children s author who disappeared into the trenches of World War I When one of the speakers at their annual meeting disappears, Fran and Tom Dod cooperate to find out what happened to the woman Or is it an excuse to spend time with Tom, who is very attractive, though married


  7. Lesa Lesa says:

    There are a lot of creepy people in Diane Janes The Magic Chair Murder Who would guess that the mystery, set in the 1920s in England, would revolve around the author of children s poems and stories The Robert Barnaby Society is having a conference Robert Barnaby was a poet who wrote about a magic chair Child characters in his poems would sit in the chair, and be transported into the past for a series of adventures Barnaby died in the Great War, and now adults come together to address the se There are a lot of creepy people in Diane Janes The Magic Chair Murder Who would guess that the mystery, set in the 1920s in England, would revolve around the author of children s poems and stories The Robert Barnaby Society is having a conference Robert Barnaby was a poet who wrote about a magic chair Child characters in his poems would sit in the chair, and be transported into the past for a series of adventures Barnaby died in the Great War, and now adults come together to address the serious subjects in his poems Some dress in costume, but the overall intent is to discuss Barnaby and his writings And, Linda Dexter, who is to speak to the group on a topic she suggested may be controversial, doesn t show up.Most people at the conference don t seem at all upset that Linda Dexter isn t speaking But two of the younger members find it disturbing Fran Black and Tom Dod team up to find the missing woman Before they can do much, Linda s burned out car and her body are found by the police But, the amateur sleuths are curious as to why the society wants to shut down all mention of Linda s involvement They may prove to be unpopular with the group, but Black and Dod want answers.The Magic Chair Murder is written in the style of 1920s mysteries It s leisurely paced and intricately plotted The story is character driven with a great deal of conversation It will be a little slow paced for some Even the humorous bits were a little old fashioned When Black and Dod were mentioned, I didn t trust the book to be accurate, so I researched to learn that Dod does mean death in Scandinavian The amateur sleuths are Black Death, or Black and Death.The mystery was a little slow, a little too involved for me But, there are already hints of a new mystery for Black and Dod


  8. Sonia Schoenfield Sonia Schoenfield says:

    I had not heard of Diane Janes before but I picked this book off the new book shelf at the library because of the colorful cover and the tagline a 1920s English mystery I can t pass up a 1920s English mystery And was this book a delight Set in 1929, Fran and Tom, two members of the Robert Barnaby Society a literary society dedicated to preserving and studying the works of a fictional famous children s author are determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious death of Linda Dexter, a Rob I had not heard of Diane Janes before but I picked this book off the new book shelf at the library because of the colorful cover and the tagline a 1920s English mystery I can t pass up a 1920s English mystery And was this book a delight Set in 1929, Fran and Tom, two members of the Robert Barnaby Society a literary society dedicated to preserving and studying the works of a fictional famous children s author are determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious death of Linda Dexter, a Robert Barnaby Society member who died before she could present a potentially scandalous paper at the Society s latest conference Was it suicideor murder The plot was suitably crafty and the characters were well drawn There was just enough humor to make me laugh out loud a few times, and lots of fun poked at the Robert Barnaby Society and their members who take themselves way to seriously I love reading books that take place between the wars, but I think the sense of time in Magic Chair Murder could possibly have been better developed this part of the book seemed a little flat to me I loved the developing relationship between Fran and Tom and look forward toI think author Diane Janes has a second book about Fran and Tom coming out this fall Can t wait


  9. Michael Brown Michael Brown says:

    BORING Most of this story was a tedious excursion down boring avenues of drivel The two main characters remain almost totally undeveloped until the end if the story The most complete character is the murder victim and she is not that likeable overall Too many side suspects clutter the majority of this plodding tale and while they all seem guilty of sexual misconduct fraud and plagiarism they did not murder anyone Only in the last few chapters do we get real mystery action and in the e BORING Most of this story was a tedious excursion down boring avenues of drivel The two main characters remain almost totally undeveloped until the end if the story The most complete character is the murder victim and she is not that likeable overall Too many side suspects clutter the majority of this plodding tale and while they all seem guilty of sexual misconduct fraud and plagiarism they did not murder anyone Only in the last few chapters do we get real mystery action and in the end, the final scene is poorly presented


  10. Elaine Tomasso Elaine Tomasso says:

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for a review copy of The Magic Chair Murder, the first novel in a projected series to feature amateur sleuths Frances Black and Tom Dod, set in Cumbria in 1928.Fran and Tom are newly elected committee members of the Robert Barnaby Society, a society dedicated to the work of said children s poet and are attending their first annual conference in this role when one of the keynote speakers, Linda Dexter, disappears before she can make some controvers I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for a review copy of The Magic Chair Murder, the first novel in a projected series to feature amateur sleuths Frances Black and Tom Dod, set in Cumbria in 1928.Fran and Tom are newly elected committee members of the Robert Barnaby Society, a society dedicated to the work of said children s poet and are attending their first annual conference in this role when one of the keynote speakers, Linda Dexter, disappears before she can make some controversial claims about the eponymous magic chair, the apparent source of Barnaby s inspiration When her body is found on a remote train track close to where her car burned out the police are quick to suspect suicide despite there being nothing in Linda s demeanour that night to suggest it Fran and Tom think it was murder and in the course of their investigation uncover many secrets others would prefer to keep hidden.I thoroughly enjoyed The Magic Chair Murder which is a good start to the series The plotting could be a bit tighter as I constantly felt that I was ahead of the game, reading the clues better than Tom and Fran, but I don t feel that it really matters as there is so much going on the novel still held my attention Who knew one unassuming woman could have so many potential enemies and that the reason for it would be so compelling In between this Linda tangled in a serious way with the leading lights of the society I found the portrayal of the petty jealousies, rivalries and characters in this society very apt, to the point and extremely amusing there s nothing as cutthroat as inconsequential vanities and causes.I found the period detail and sensibilities rather inconsistent but again the mild humour overcomes it Fran is not a war widow as are so many women of her generation, instead she is in limbo because her husband has left her and the shame of a divorce would kill her mother which means she can t give her cheating husband the ammunition of a new partner to divorce her This is a shame as she is strongly attracted to Tom Dod but with his own problems he is not free to act either In many ways this conundrum is so totally alien to modern lifestyles that it is hard to believe and yet it caused a lot of heartache at the time I m not sure how convincing the situation is in the novel is because it is surrounded by modern speech and a certain freedom which would not have existed at the time.The Magic Chair Mystery is a light hearted read with a convoluted plot which held my interest throughout and has interested me in readingso I have no hesitation in recommending it as a good read


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The Magic Chair Murder [Reading] ➼ The Magic Chair Murder Author Diane Janes – Thomashillier.co.uk Introducing amateur sleuths Frances Black and Tom Dod in the first of an intriguing new historical mystery series set in the north of EnglandThe night before she s due to make a speech to the Robert B Introducing amateur sleuths Frances Black and Tom Dod in the first of an intriguing new historical mystery series set in the north of EnglandThe night before she s due to make a speech to the Robert Barnaby Society on the subject of the famous writer s magic chair , committee member Linda Dexter disappears When her body is discovered two days later, fellow members Frances Black and Tom Dod determine to find out The Magic ePUB ½ the truth about her deathCould Linda have discovered something about Robert Barnaby that got her killed Or does the answer lie in the dead woman s past As they pursue their investigations, Fran and Tom find the Barnaby Society to be a hotbed of clashing egos, seething resentments and ill advised love affairs but does a killer lurk among them.