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Who killed Old Pete?Ronald Rowntree lives a fairly mundane life. Not only does he manage The Jolly Jester Public House, he lives above it too. One morning, he is readying himself for another ordinary day when his assistant, Sam, interrupts his breakfast, ranting about a corpse he’s just found in the saloon bar.A little put out by this unexpected turn of events, Ronald takeWho killed Old Pete?Ronald Rowntree lives a fairly mundane life. Not only does he manage The Jolly Jester Public House, he lives above it too. One morning, he is readying himself for another ordinary day when his assistant, Sam, interrupts his breakfast, ranting about a corpse he’s just found in the saloon bar.A little put out by this unexpected turn of events, Ronald takes a look, but soon finds himself the chief suspect in a particularly gruesome murder. With the police seemingly convinced of his guilt, Ronald is forced to investigate the murder himself, and that is where the problems start.Faced with a crime that no one, apart from him, could have committed, or had reason to, let alone the opportunity, he struggles to make headway. He does, however, find out that all is not what it seems in the Village of Duckley. Certainly not Adam Gosling, the owner of The Jolly Jester, or his wife, Abby. Fred Arkwright of Arkwright’s Chest Emporium is not to be trusted, and nor is Trudy Lane, landlady of The Dog and Duck.Drawn into the murky underworld of drink, drugs and lust-filled affairs, Ronald finds allies where he least expects them as he attempts to clear his name.Can he prove he is innocent of the murder at the Jolly Jester?Enjoy this laugh-out-loud dozy mystery as Ronald blunders from one crisis to the next....

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ISBN : 33403021
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Number of Pages : 223 Pages
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  • L.F. Falconer
    2019-04-27 01:54

    Who killed Old Pete? That's the pervading question in this well-tuned murder mystery delicately underscored with filaments of humor. Thompson's unlikely hero, Ronald Rowntree, gets caught up in a twisted investigation when one of the patrons of the pub he manages ends up with a machete in his skull. The entire population of Duckley could be suspect.A wide cast of diverse and well-developed characters, and a finely interwoven plot help carry this mystery smoothly from start to finish. I often found myself second-guessing my hunches on "who-done-it," and found the conclusion completely satisfying. I look forward to the further adventures of Ronald Rowntree!

  • Stephanie Dagg
    2019-05-21 04:58

    The author describes this as a dozy mystery, rather than a cozy mystery, which right from the start gives you the idea that the book is likely to be quirky and fun. And it is. It’s a very enjoyable, well written and easy read. Ron, our laid back hero, who only panics now and then such as when it looks like he’s been snugly stitched up as the perpetrator of the crime, leads us through the story. He’s determined to find out who did actually sink a machete into Old Pete’s head, and so he sets about the task, very unably assisted by Sam, his colleague at The Jolly Jester. He encounters various other shady but fascinating characters along the winding way. He discovers, as do we, that there’s a lot more going on in the village of Dockley than meets the eye.Well worth a read, and many thanks to the author for keeping me thoroughly entertained :-)

  • Angie Boyter
    2019-05-01 01:59

    I really wanted to like this book; the British small-town mystery is one of my favorite genres. BUT I had to force myself to finish it, as it descended into more and more implausible situations, in the hope that the ending would redeem it. It did not. I am very sorry I wasted my time on it.First of all, there is the writing. The author needs a good first-reader to correct the spelling, which is a dreadful distraction, "corral" for"coral", "whos" for "whose", "sole" for"soul",and many more. The "cutesy" nicknames for all the pub regulars was overdone, especially since Ronald seemed to know so little about the people of the small town that it strained credibility, even for a character who obviously is rather a loner. And various details did not get resolved. For example, a HUGE deal was made of the need for Ronald to get his boss's wife away from the party by 4 AM, but we never find out why.Second, the story is just way too far-fetched in many ways to be tolerable. Just to give an example that would not be too much of a spoiler in case you still want to read this book, Ronald's boss asks him to take his wife to a party and gives him a thousand pounds for expenses, and Ronald does not seem to question at all why it should cost money to go to to a party.PS There are lots of admiring reviews of this book, but I am suspicious of the veracity of several of them. For example, one describes Ronald as the landlord of the pub, although he is often and clearly described as an employee who fears losing his job. It sounds like the reviewers did not pay much attention.

  • Bob Morton
    2019-05-19 06:43

    Name sounded interesting and I received this book from the author as part of a promotion. I am thankful for one thing in this book. While there was some romance hinted at there was not any sex scenes in it at all. So many of the fictional books that I have been reading of late feel that there must be sex in it for it to sell. There is a murder at the Jolly Jester, a pub in a quaint English town. One of the regulars has been murdered. So now we have a physical game of Clue going on. We know what they did it with, just not where, how it was done and who did it, as well as how did the dead body get into a locked room. The proprietor of the Jester knows he cannot trust the police to clear his name so he goes to investigating it himself. I was slightly disappointed in the ending. I did not feel that it fully led to its potential, i.e. not enough pointed to one of the bad guys. But it did make sense. Good light hearted read that has just enough to keep you going.

  • Anne
    2019-05-15 00:48

    I got this book for free and am leaving a review because I loved it. The end was a real surprise not what I expected. I had an inkling about old Pete's death but not why I thought it was all about his ex-wifes son. I also had no idea about Miriam but that fit right in with the story once I found out about it. Can't wait to read another on of Mr. Thompson's books.

  • Marian
    2019-05-16 23:40

    This was a pleasant and fun UK mystery. The protagonist started out as a bit of a dreadful character, but, although remaining mostly clueless (sorry, couldn't be helped), turned out to be fairly decent. I'll read the next book in the series.

  • Amanda Williams
    2019-05-12 01:50

    Disrespectful characters and quite frankly unbelievable. Absolutely awful.

  • Pat Eroh
    2019-04-30 06:35

    This really took me by surprise! The amateur sleuth is a man! This was a fun story even though poor Pete had to die (not a spoiler - trust me). I love English tales. Great cozy mystery

  • Annemarie
    2019-05-21 00:44

    A murder mystery with a very interesting lead. This wasn't a handsome man, or a very intelligent man, or anything main-character like. This made for an interesting new dynamic. I feel like this wasn't a mystery that the reader could figure out themselves from clues, though the main character missed some obvious things at times. It was quite fun to read, but nothing special.

  • Marcus
    2019-04-22 03:29

    This is an interesting book that centers around an entire town that has a secret and this is not about the dead man found sitting in a pub with a machete in his head. This is the premise of the book as it takes off from here with all the little starts, stops,blunders, and eventually solving the crime. Be prepared for several plot twists and the surprised ending.

  • Charles Ray
    2019-04-20 06:48

    As the live-in manager of the Jolly Jester, Roland Rowntree lives an almost normal life. Normal, that is, until his barman, Sam, interrupts his morning routine to inform that there’s a dead body in the bar. Old Pete, one of the Jolly Jester’s regulars, is sitting in a back booth with a machete in his head, and the only viable suspect is Roland. Now, he knows he’s innocent, but no one else seems to believe him, so he’s left with nothing to do but solve the crime himself. He plunges his somewhat overweight body into the case, and with the help of the mysterious Miriam begins to uncover age-old secrets of the small village of Duckley that some rather dangerous people want to keep hidden.Murder at the Jolly Jester by Ian Thompson is a droll mystery, the first in what promises to be an interesting series featuring the hapless Roland Rowntree. British writers excel in the cozy mystery, and Thompson has added a new wrinkle—humor. A nice fireside read.I received a free copy of this book.