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MURDERED WITH A BOX OF TEARS… London, 1924Posie Parker has been called to her most baffling case yet.Amyas Lyle, London’s top young lawyer, has been found with his head in a box of poisoned saltwater.It’s the perfect murder. But who hated him enough to do such a thing?Following a trail of strange notes, all of which speak of the sea, and saltwater, Posie travels from Lond MURDERED WITH A BOX OF TEARS… London, 1924Posie Parker has been called to her most baffling case yet.Amyas Lyle, London’s top young lawyer, has been found with his head in a box of poisoned saltwater.It’s the perfect murder. But who hated him enough to do such a thing?Following a trail of strange notes, all of which speak of the sea, and saltwater, Posie travels from London to the seaside resort of Whitley Bay, looking for answers. But nothing can prepare her for what she finds there.Can Posie find Amyas Lyle’s cold-blooded killer before further deaths take place? Can she protect those Amyas has left behind?As Britain celebrates an Olympic summer, will Posie manage to enjoy a holiday romance of her own? And just what is wrong with Inspector Lovelace? Why is he behaving so oddly? Is it anything to do with his new, smart appearance and some very carefully starched shirt collars?This is a classic murder mystery which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey. The Saltwater Murder is full of intrigue and red herrings, and is the seventh book in the delightfully classic Posie Parker Mystery Series, although this novel can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story in its own right. A clean read, with no graphic violence, sex or strong language.


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MURDERED WITH A BOX OF TEARS… London, 1924Posie Parker has been called to her most baffling case yet.Amyas Lyle, London’s top young lawyer, has been found with his head in a box of poisoned saltwater.It’s the perfect murder. But who hated him enough to do such a thing?Following a trail of strange notes, all of which speak of the sea, and saltwater, Posie travels from Lond MURDERED WITH A BOX OF TEARS… London, 1924Posie Parker has been called to her most baffling case yet.Amyas Lyle, London’s top young lawyer, has been found with his head in a box of poisoned saltwater.It’s the perfect murder. But who hated him enough to do such a thing?Following a trail of strange notes, all of which speak of the sea, and saltwater, Posie travels from London to the seaside resort of Whitley Bay, looking for answers. But nothing can prepare her for what she finds there.Can Posie find Amyas Lyle’s cold-blooded killer before further deaths take place? Can she protect those Amyas has left behind?As Britain celebrates an Olympic summer, will Posie manage to enjoy a holiday romance of her own? And just what is wrong with Inspector Lovelace? Why is he behaving so oddly? Is it anything to do with his new, smart appearance and some very carefully starched shirt collars?This is a classic murder mystery which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey. The Saltwater Murder is full of intrigue and red herrings, and is the seventh book in the delightfully classic Posie Parker Mystery Series, although this novel can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story in its own right. A clean read, with no graphic violence, sex or strong language.

30 review for The Saltwater Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    This is another excellent addition to the Posie Parker canon. While complete in itself, it also seems to round out parts of the very long story arc. The book opens in the Olympic summer of 1924 with a gruesome murder by an unusual method. Posie is in good form here through the investigation, and the twists along the way were unexpected. There is a good deal of development in several relationships among the various characters in the book; and the ending quite satisfied me. I'm fairly sure it's an This is another excellent addition to the Posie Parker canon. While complete in itself, it also seems to round out parts of the very long story arc. The book opens in the Olympic summer of 1924 with a gruesome murder by an unusual method. Posie is in good form here through the investigation, and the twists along the way were unexpected. There is a good deal of development in several relationships among the various characters in the book; and the ending quite satisfied me. I'm fairly sure it's an indie publication like the previous volumes. As usual with Hathaway's novels, the prose is facile and the editing top-notch. I.e., I found no typographical errors or infelicities to speak of. Oh, just by the way. This series is an example of me the reader totally taking the bait, hook, line, sinker, and so forth. I obtained the first of the series for zero money on a freebie day; and I've regularly purchased the rest of the series at retail price, and Posie is on my buy-on-sight list. So this was a big multi-year win for the author who gave away that free sample back in 2015.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lauretta

    I love L.B. Hathaway's books, and #7 in the Posie Parker Mystery Series may be the best yet. Posey continues to collaborate with her friend Richard Lovelace of Scotland Yard, but she is struggling in her personal life, feeling unsettled and adrift after the tragic death of her fiancee'. Her new case is certainly challenging: a prominent barrister, soon-to-be judge, is murdered in a gruesome way. The investigation into his death leads to a labyrinth of secrets and individuals who will do anything I love L.B. Hathaway's books, and #7 in the Posie Parker Mystery Series may be the best yet. Posey continues to collaborate with her friend Richard Lovelace of Scotland Yard, but she is struggling in her personal life, feeling unsettled and adrift after the tragic death of her fiancee'. Her new case is certainly challenging: a prominent barrister, soon-to-be judge, is murdered in a gruesome way. The investigation into his death leads to a labyrinth of secrets and individuals who will do anything to keep their secrets from being found out. An innocent man is already in jail when Posey has the revelation that leads her to the true killer, and the many dangling threads of the web of deceit are connected for a shocking conclusion. Posey's personal life, however, takes a very positive turn, and her future may be very different from her past. I hope the reader gets to find out in future Posie Parker Murder Mysteries!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jill Williams

    SO GOOD. Right when you think you’ve cleverly figured out the twist .... L.B. Hathaway twists the twist. Can’t wait for book #8.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Edlund Stiles

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another fabulous Posie Parker mystery! I really enjoyed the character development in this one, and there were so many interesting characters! I'm almost crying over the ending.... FINALLY Posie gets her happy ending. I wish it had been longer, there was so much more she could've added. I appreciate the suspense of making the reader wait until the very end to find out about Posie and the Inspector... but it was sad to have so little of that relationship. Please do at least one more so we can see Another fabulous Posie Parker mystery! I really enjoyed the character development in this one, and there were so many interesting characters! I'm almost crying over the ending.... FINALLY Posie gets her happy ending. I wish it had been longer, there was so much more she could've added. I appreciate the suspense of making the reader wait until the very end to find out about Posie and the Inspector... but it was sad to have so little of that relationship. Please do at least one more so we can see them together as a couple!! Now I have to go reread the end of the last one to make sense of that ending that left me hanging!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caridad

    Enjoyed this latest entry in the series I enjoyed the intriguing plot and Posie's "men woes". The ending was a welcomed surprise. Please continue to write more Posie Parker stories. I certainly recommend this series. I'm a loyal fan. Enjoyed this latest entry in the series I enjoyed the intriguing plot and Posie's "men woes". The ending was a welcomed surprise. Please continue to write more Posie Parker stories. I certainly recommend this series. I'm a loyal fan.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    My favorite Posey book so far! I was so disappointed when the last book ended with the death of her fiancé, and then the tease of the epilogue. This was a wonderful way to continue the series. I hope there will be more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heatherinblack

    great mystery. hated the good/bad guy sure, he had good qualities, but not enough. didn’t see the bad guy coming. they left something out for us that, had we had it, we could have solved the mystery too. still a good mystery.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jan Duthie

    I read this in one gulp. Plenty of wrong turnings to take and characters to suspect. It goes at a rattling pace without being one of those books where you have to keep turning back to make sure who’s who and keeps you guessing until the last chapters. Great read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This series just gets better and better! Posie is a breath of fresh air.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Rickman

    Authentic whodunnit I am a Posey Parker fan so not without bias but I read many period mystery series and I think this is one of the best. Posey goes on holiday but we know trouble turns up wherever she goes and this is no exception. Lots of plot twists and fascinating context of post WWI society and the rise of the British Fascist party.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    Wonderful, Exciting, Intriguing Book Everything turns out okay; My kind of book. There were so many twists and turns. I didn’t know until the end who the real culprit was.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    One of the best books of the series. After reading the last book, Murder in Venice, I wasn’t sure if there would be any more Posie books, and if there were, if I would read them. I was so disappointed in the last book. But this book was great...good mystery, good characters. And, I think that Posie has sorted herself out personally, after many false starts.

  13. 5 out of 5

    D. Starr

    Absolutely a Premeditated Murder Suitable for teen - adult No sex No harsh language Hideous method of murder, but you can handle it Setting: 1924 England Main character: Posie Parker, a young female detective, works with and is respected by the police. It's refreshing that she's not an amateur stumbling over bodies and inserting herself into official business. Plot no spoilers: Posie becomes involved in the investigation of the gruesome murder of a man who she'd been acquainted with years ago. Everyth Absolutely a Premeditated Murder Suitable for teen - adult No sex No harsh language Hideous method of murder, but you can handle it Setting: 1924 England Main character: Posie Parker, a young female detective, works with and is respected by the police. It's refreshing that she's not an amateur stumbling over bodies and inserting herself into official business. Plot no spoilers: Posie becomes involved in the investigation of the gruesome murder of a man who she'd been acquainted with years ago. Everything points to the conclusion that he was of such low character that his passing may just have been well-deserved. But, was it? Good story, interesting, but not an "edge of your seat" page turner. Although previous books in the series would add solid background about other characters, I don't think reading them is necessary to reading this one. If this is the last of the Posie Parker series, it's a satisfying one, although I'd welcome another.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    The murder victim is someone Posie knew when she was a girl. In the intervening fifteen years he has become a very successful barrister and was recently appointed a High Court judge. Then he dies in a combination of saltwater and nitric acid. Very unpleasant and very final. A series of threatening notes and mysterious postcards from a north coast resort are the only real clues. the victim himself had nominated a short list of suspects. 1924 London is very jazzy and crowded. The Grape Street Dete The murder victim is someone Posie knew when she was a girl. In the intervening fifteen years he has become a very successful barrister and was recently appointed a High Court judge. Then he dies in a combination of saltwater and nitric acid. Very unpleasant and very final. A series of threatening notes and mysterious postcards from a north coast resort are the only real clues. the victim himself had nominated a short list of suspects. 1924 London is very jazzy and crowded. The Grape Street Detective Agency is very busy. But Posie makes time to help her friend the Chief Inspector. Soon she finds herself in the Northumbrian seaside resort trying to trace the dead man's family. Surprises abound in this mystery. Spoiler alert, despite the murder, there is a surprisingly happy and satisfying ending.

  15. 4 out of 5

    J Shu

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Old schoolmate of Posie's brother is murdered after agreeing to meet Posie the following day. The man, Amyas, has a bad reputation, and most people are not suprised that he met a bad end. His wife is the daughter of an important man, the mother of twins, and a drug addict. Posie investigates and finds his twin brother who she first suspects of the murder, but eventually determines that the killer is another person well-known in the community who also killed his own wife, probably Posie's friend Old schoolmate of Posie's brother is murdered after agreeing to meet Posie the following day. The man, Amyas, has a bad reputation, and most people are not suprised that he met a bad end. His wife is the daughter of an important man, the mother of twins, and a drug addict. Posie investigates and finds his twin brother who she first suspects of the murder, but eventually determines that the killer is another person well-known in the community who also killed his own wife, probably Posie's friend Max who was investigating the drug ring, and Amyas' pregnant mistress. Amyas turns out to have been a spy and a better person than people thought. Posie and Lovelace together at end to raise Amyas' baby girl, Katie.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gail Gassen

    Amazing as always! I've followed Posie now for a long time it seems. I've never been disappointed in any of the books, and this one is up there with the top favorites. After the last book set in Venice I thought there might not be anymore , but was delighted to see this one. It was an amazing, and wonderful page turned! I was hooked from the beginning and deported back in time to Posie time. Everything about these books is amazing and lovely, and a mystery. I didn't see this one coming at all, bu Amazing as always! I've followed Posie now for a long time it seems. I've never been disappointed in any of the books, and this one is up there with the top favorites. After the last book set in Venice I thought there might not be anymore , but was delighted to see this one. It was an amazing, and wonderful page turned! I was hooked from the beginning and deported back in time to Posie time. Everything about these books is amazing and lovely, and a mystery. I didn't see this one coming at all, but knew something was off. I hope you enjoy these wonderful books about an amazing woman, Posie Parke.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. To be honest, I'm getting tired of every handsome stranger ending up being either a murderer or dead, just to push Posie and the inspector together. And I'm pretty sure Sergeant Rainbird was already married some 3 books ago, so how on earth is he dating Prudence now? I think the author lost interest in things she had set up earlier (like the fortune teller saying that Alaric and Posie will have kids together) and is just pushing her own agenda with very little regard to how the story would natur To be honest, I'm getting tired of every handsome stranger ending up being either a murderer or dead, just to push Posie and the inspector together. And I'm pretty sure Sergeant Rainbird was already married some 3 books ago, so how on earth is he dating Prudence now? I think the author lost interest in things she had set up earlier (like the fortune teller saying that Alaric and Posie will have kids together) and is just pushing her own agenda with very little regard to how the story would naturally flow. AND I haven't heard anything about Count De La Rosa in ages! What happened to him? He used to show up in every book completely uninvited.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Crockett

    Posy Parker What a wonderful series of books, written so beautifully and capturing attention into the wee hours of the night. I love how L.B. describes everything so that you almost feel as if you were there; the scents, the clothes! the buildings, the furnishings, the way places make you feel! Also, even the weather, the feelings - good and not-so-good of our protagonist, and her friends, and even her foes! Highly recommend. Start with book one, and I just know you will just keep going, as I ha Posy Parker What a wonderful series of books, written so beautifully and capturing attention into the wee hours of the night. I love how L.B. describes everything so that you almost feel as if you were there; the scents, the clothes! the buildings, the furnishings, the way places make you feel! Also, even the weather, the feelings - good and not-so-good of our protagonist, and her friends, and even her foes! Highly recommend. Start with book one, and I just know you will just keep going, as I have. I’m waiting for #8 with bated breathe

  19. 4 out of 5

    katherine otis

    Another great mystery for Posie This is the latest in the Posie Parker series and it's one of the best. A horrible murder, a man from Posie's past and lies all around. It seems everyone has a secret, even those closest to our heroine. Posie's past, present and future are all tangled together and only she can unravel it all. Be prepared to get nothing else done except read this book! Another great mystery for Posie This is the latest in the Posie Parker series and it's one of the best. A horrible murder, a man from Posie's past and lies all around. It seems everyone has a secret, even those closest to our heroine. Posie's past, present and future are all tangled together and only she can unravel it all. Be prepared to get nothing else done except read this book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cathy G

    I sort of felt a little let down with the last book. But wow this new book was amazing. There were so many revelations in this story, I may have to re-read it. A truly horrendous murder, a baby girl who loses both parents, at least 6 suspects, and more . What of Posie and Inspector Richard Lovelace are they going to acknowledge their feelings or just go on ignoring the tension between them.. Who killed the nasty lawyer? Why was MI6 in touch with Inspector Lovelace, what was making Prudence (Posi I sort of felt a little let down with the last book. But wow this new book was amazing. There were so many revelations in this story, I may have to re-read it. A truly horrendous murder, a baby girl who loses both parents, at least 6 suspects, and more . What of Posie and Inspector Richard Lovelace are they going to acknowledge their feelings or just go on ignoring the tension between them.. Who killed the nasty lawyer? Why was MI6 in touch with Inspector Lovelace, what was making Prudence (Posie's Secretary ) so happy all of a sudden? These and many more questions will be resolved. I truly hope there will be more in the series. Wicked good book

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lou Fineman

    I am a lover of historical novels, especially cozy mysteries. The Posey Parker books just fill the bill. The Saltwater Murder has a murder mystery that I didn't solve on my own and a bit of romance as well. L.B. Hathaway always adds some facts that enhance the education. In this book it is the Paris Olympics AND the Spanish City. Here's hoping there's a new Posey Parker out soon. I am a lover of historical novels, especially cozy mysteries. The Posey Parker books just fill the bill. The Saltwater Murder has a murder mystery that I didn't solve on my own and a bit of romance as well. L.B. Hathaway always adds some facts that enhance the education. In this book it is the Paris Olympics AND the Spanish City. Here's hoping there's a new Posey Parker out soon.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    The Saltwater Murder Posie meets one of her late brother's school mates after fifteen years, only for him to be murdered. As Posie helps the police with the case she discovers the murder victim was a complex man with secrets galore. L B Hathaway has written another fantastic mystery. With each book the central characters become stronger and each story better than the last. Highly recommended. The Saltwater Murder Posie meets one of her late brother's school mates after fifteen years, only for him to be murdered. As Posie helps the police with the case she discovers the murder victim was a complex man with secrets galore. L B Hathaway has written another fantastic mystery. With each book the central characters become stronger and each story better than the last. Highly recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Di Worley

    Pixie Parker - fantastic I love this series! This one is about not taking first impressions or opinions at face value. An horrific murder of a incredibly successful and ambitious barrister, just achieving accession to high court judge. In investigating the crime, both the character and his complicated personal relationships come to light. Great plot, involving characters - can Poke and Lovelace get to the bottom of it?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gary and Sandra Sims

    Great book What an interesting story. Posie sees an old acquaintance that leads her into a murder mystery. Along the way she encounters heart aches and joy, evil and goodness and love. This combination gives the reader a very neat murder mystery. Here's hoping for more books in the series. Great book What an interesting story. Posie sees an old acquaintance that leads her into a murder mystery. Along the way she encounters heart aches and joy, evil and goodness and love. This combination gives the reader a very neat murder mystery. Here's hoping for more books in the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Keeley

    L.B. Hathaway is back on form with a mystery in which just about everyone you meet could plausibly be the killer. From timely political concerns (Parker crosses paths with the early British Fascist party) to a thoughtful revelation of the victim's true character, the book has all the ingredients of a satisfying detective story. L.B. Hathaway is back on form with a mystery in which just about everyone you meet could plausibly be the killer. From timely political concerns (Parker crosses paths with the early British Fascist party) to a thoughtful revelation of the victim's true character, the book has all the ingredients of a satisfying detective story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne B

    Loved it. This book kept me enthralled for about 24 hours, the better part of which I spent reading it. The plot was complex & did not reveal itself until the ending. I have to confess that I did anticipate the epilogue, but won’t comment on which part, as I don’t want to be a spoiler.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Marlow

    The opening scene of this cosy murder mystery is absolutely electrifying, and the plot is no less intriguing. This is another cracker from LB Hathaway, set in London and the North Coast of England this time. I absolutely love this series of books – if you’re new to them, start with Murder Offstage, but the whole series is good. Highly recommended for lovers of Agatha Christie.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    Predictable I really enjoyed the first few books in this series. Unfortunately the last two books find me wondering how Posie can sit up and take nourishment for all the loss in her personal life. She does seem to recover rather easily. All this leads us to a most predictable and safe ending.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sneha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lost interest as soon as the twin made his appearance. I wasn't feeling much interested or invested in the characters and the book, but wanted to know who killed the lawyer. But that twin thing really put me off the book. Also, too much of Posie's personal life has been coming into this series as it progresses. Lost interest as soon as the twin made his appearance. I wasn't feeling much interested or invested in the characters and the book, but wanted to know who killed the lawyer. But that twin thing really put me off the book. Also, too much of Posie's personal life has been coming into this series as it progresses.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Calkins

    The best of a series! I've liked all the Posie Parker books, but this one was spectacular! And it doesnt hurt that she's finally getting together with the lawman! Looking forward to more! The best of a series! I've liked all the Posie Parker books, but this one was spectacular! And it doesnt hurt that she's finally getting together with the lawman! Looking forward to more!

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