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When Juno Browne buys a wardrobe to stock in her fledgling antiques store, she doesn't expect to find a dead body inside. And when the man she bought it from, rascally farmer Fred Crick, is found battered to death in his blazing cottage, the hunt for a double murderer is on. Despite the police struggling to connect the two deaths, this time Juno is resolved to ignore her i When Juno Browne buys a wardrobe to stock in her fledgling antiques store, she doesn't expect to find a dead body inside. And when the man she bought it from, rascally farmer Fred Crick, is found battered to death in his blazing cottage, the hunt for a double murderer is on. Despite the police struggling to connect the two deaths, this time Juno is resolved to ignore her impulse to investigate. Until, that is, a stranger arrives who bears an uncanny resemblance to the dead man in the wardrobe. Determined to discover how his identical twin brother died and impressed by Juno's reputation in the local press as Ashburton's amateur sleuth, Henry Gillow tries to drag her into his quest to solve the mystery, with disastrous results.


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When Juno Browne buys a wardrobe to stock in her fledgling antiques store, she doesn't expect to find a dead body inside. And when the man she bought it from, rascally farmer Fred Crick, is found battered to death in his blazing cottage, the hunt for a double murderer is on. Despite the police struggling to connect the two deaths, this time Juno is resolved to ignore her i When Juno Browne buys a wardrobe to stock in her fledgling antiques store, she doesn't expect to find a dead body inside. And when the man she bought it from, rascally farmer Fred Crick, is found battered to death in his blazing cottage, the hunt for a double murderer is on. Despite the police struggling to connect the two deaths, this time Juno is resolved to ignore her impulse to investigate. Until, that is, a stranger arrives who bears an uncanny resemblance to the dead man in the wardrobe. Determined to discover how his identical twin brother died and impressed by Juno's reputation in the local press as Ashburton's amateur sleuth, Henry Gillow tries to drag her into his quest to solve the mystery, with disastrous results.

38 review for The Dartmoor Murders

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bookworm Extraordinaire

    ⭐⭐⭐ -- It was okay I don't really have a lot to say about this one. I finished it all in one go, so I must have enjoyed it on some level. However, when I finished it, I just was left feeling "meh" about it all. 🤷🏻‍♀️ A lot of things were happening in this book. Most of which had nothing to do with the actual murder and investigation. I also didn't particularly like Juno, and why does she put up with this Daniel guy?! Like I said, it wasn't a bad read, the writing was decent. I enjoyed the setting ⭐⭐⭐ -- It was okay I don't really have a lot to say about this one. I finished it all in one go, so I must have enjoyed it on some level. However, when I finished it, I just was left feeling "meh" about it all. 🤷🏻‍♀️ A lot of things were happening in this book. Most of which had nothing to do with the actual murder and investigation. I also didn't particularly like Juno, and why does she put up with this Daniel guy?! Like I said, it wasn't a bad read, the writing was decent. I enjoyed the setting. Definitely a mixed bag. **ARC Via NetGalley**

  2. 4 out of 5

    Berleen Kaur

    We all like complimentary gifts, don't we? But what if this Complimentary gift is a dead body of an unknown middle-aged man. Ohh Yes... when Juno picks her wardrobe and settles it in her antique shop she finds a dead body in it. This book was the 4th in the Devon mystery series, although it won't affect the reading experience as they are not related. Juno the main lead and a very likable character is an offstage investigator. She runs an antique shop along with 2 other girls with different salea We all like complimentary gifts, don't we? But what if this Complimentary gift is a dead body of an unknown middle-aged man. Ohh Yes... when Juno picks her wardrobe and settles it in her antique shop she finds a dead body in it. This book was the 4th in the Devon mystery series, although it won't affect the reading experience as they are not related. Juno the main lead and a very likable character is an offstage investigator. She runs an antique shop along with 2 other girls with different saleable items. They have some free huge space to rent out when Fizz comes in and rents it all. When Juno purchases some furniture from Fred a weird grumpy man, she finds a dead body in it. this man is not from around Dartmoor, so how did he land in here, when the cops reach Fred's house to enquire about the dead body, they find his house lit by fire and him dead inside. Juno tries her best to keep out of the case until the dead man from the furniture comes in front of her. Shocked to death she questions the man only to find out that he is the dead man's twin brother and he wants Juno to help him solve this murder mystery. Another dead body was found dugout but this was old and it was Fred's wife who was assumed of runaway with lover case years ago. Amidst all this, there is a robbery in Juno's antique shop and a lot of her precious stock has been taken away. Fizz was in charge of the shop on the day of the theft. Juno is furious and desperate to find the culprit who is now famous after similar multiple robberies in the neighborhood. Also, there are farm sheep thieves who are claimed to have been stealing sheep from many farmers, the story of which was being covered by a foreign journalist. And Juno involved in it too. Will she find out the Murderer? the Antique thief and the Sheep thief? This book was slow-paced yet intriguing. I was so eager to unravel these 3 mysteries in one story. However, I completed this book leisurely enjoying the story with humor, emotion, and thrill. A perfect cozy mystery that urges you to find the end but doesn't push you to skip anything. I enjoyed this book and it deserved the 5-star totally. I was hooked to this book right from the first few chapters and through the end, it keeps getting better and better. Eagerly waiting for book 5, would catch up with the previous 3 books by then. Thank you to Allison & Busby and NetGalley for the DRC I truly Enjoyed it, and would recommend it to all the Cozy Mystery lovers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Srivalli Rekha

    3.8 Stars Juno Browne inherited Old Nick (an antique store) when the owner died (in the previous book, I guess). Now she has to find a way to run the store while recovering from injuries (from book 3) and try not to get into any more trouble. But when she opens the wardrobe that’s a part of her latest purchase to fill the store, a body tumbles out onto the floor. Juno has no idea who the dead man is, nor does she know if the crooked seller Fred had anything to do with this. Another death happens 3.8 Stars Juno Browne inherited Old Nick (an antique store) when the owner died (in the previous book, I guess). Now she has to find a way to run the store while recovering from injuries (from book 3) and try not to get into any more trouble. But when she opens the wardrobe that’s a part of her latest purchase to fill the store, a body tumbles out onto the floor. Juno has no idea who the dead man is, nor does she know if the crooked seller Fred had anything to do with this. Another death happens in succession, and Juno tries her best to not get into the mess. It’s hard when the police can’t find anything, and she’s not satisfied not knowing the truth. The dead man’s twin brother arrives, wanting Juno’s help to solve the murder. She’s Devon’s amateur sleuth, after all. Things start to happen, and Juno is in the middle of it. Not everything is related to the murders, but it’s up to Juno to sort the mess, or so it seems. Can Juno find the killer without risking her neck in the process? I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series but had no trouble following this one. Some characters are recurring, but it’s easy to understand the relationship between them. The book is more of a cozy mystery than a suspense thriller. The story progresses at its own pace, adding more subplots as we read. Luckily, the subplots are also tied up before the book ends. Reviewing this book is turning out to be tough. I liked the story enough but was impressed or wowed by it. Somehow, the allure of the cover and the title (main reasons why I requested the book) seemed a bit missing in the story. That said, the book is nowhere dull. I’m going to read the previous books to get a better idea. It is narrated by Juno, and we see her quirky humor scattered throughout. The insights into her life are entertaining as she regales them in a dry tone. Story-wise, there are no unexpected pull-the-rug moments, so that’s a plus. I did guess the killer and even the reason to an extent. It was fun to see my guess confirmed. Overall, The Dartmoor Murders is a good book for a lazy afternoon. Pick it up when you don’t want to rush through a book. It’s not a slow read by any means, but things take time to get to the end. Remember, it’s a cozy mystery. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Allison & Busby and am voluntarily leaving a review. #NetGalley #TheDartmoorMurders

  4. 5 out of 5

    Schmimmerock

    3.5 stars, I think! I took a brief break from my 2021 Catch-up for this. Just needed a break from the last couple weeks, and this was perfect for it! I was pleasantly surprised given the blurb, title, and cover that this is a cozy little mystery rather than a gritty thriller like I was expecting. Cue that age-old idiom about judging books by covers and all that, I guess! I have not read this author before, didn't realize this was fourth in a series. It operates well enough as a standalone. My enj 3.5 stars, I think! I took a brief break from my 2021 Catch-up for this. Just needed a break from the last couple weeks, and this was perfect for it! I was pleasantly surprised given the blurb, title, and cover that this is a cozy little mystery rather than a gritty thriller like I was expecting. Cue that age-old idiom about judging books by covers and all that, I guess! I have not read this author before, didn't realize this was fourth in a series. It operates well enough as a standalone. My enjoyment of this book might be colored somewhat by the fact that Juno is basically living my dream of owning an antiques store and doing some amateur sleuthing and moonlight detective work on the side. How exciting for her when she purchases furniture for said store and gets a bonus body in a wardrobe. Then the guy who sold her the furniture ALSO turns up dead. Then the dead guy from the wardrobe shows up on her porch and it's actually his twin seeking answers for his brother's death! Wild. With all the sleuthing experience of three books between them, it's up to Juno to solve the mystery! Throw in a string of suspicious robberies and she's got her hands full with this one. This was fun all around. I love a cozy mystery and this fit the bill quite nicely. Juno is a lot of fun to read. Plucky, funny, a little awkward, and, again, living my dream. There's a lot going on but all the loose ties come together quite nicely. I don't normally rate this genre super high as my three-star reads are generally liked but not overwhelmingly loved, as is the case here. It's arguably a four-or-five-star for the genre, but it's not one I'll reread and it's not one that requires much of the reader. Stars are arbitrary in that everyone has a different scale. For me, three stars was an enjoyable read. The writing is good, and I'm kind of tempted to pick up the other three in Juno's series for more rainy day reading. It flows well and the pacing is good. There's no need to rush through it, just take it slow and savor it. I highly recommend this if cozy mysteries are your genre. Thank you muchly to NetGalley, Allison & Busby, and Stephanie Austin for this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review!

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Derek

    The Dartmoor Murders by Stephanie Austin When Juno Brown, local antique shop proprietor and renowned amateur sleuth, purchases some furniture from a run-down farm, the last this she expects to find inside the wardrobe is a dead body. And to make matters worse, the man she bought them from is soon found murdered. Battered to death, and his body burned inside his cottage. The two deaths must be connected, but there are no clues and the police are baffled. Juno has had enough of getting involved with The Dartmoor Murders by Stephanie Austin When Juno Brown, local antique shop proprietor and renowned amateur sleuth, purchases some furniture from a run-down farm, the last this she expects to find inside the wardrobe is a dead body. And to make matters worse, the man she bought them from is soon found murdered. Battered to death, and his body burned inside his cottage. The two deaths must be connected, but there are no clues and the police are baffled. Juno has had enough of getting involved with these type of investigations, her aches and pain are a testimony to that, and she decides not to get involved. That is until the dead man in the wardrobe's twin brother turns up. The brother Henry Gillow is determined to ascertain why his seemingly harmless brother would be murdered. And once he finds out that Ashburton's amateur sleuth is already involved, he endeavours to lure her into another adventure. The Dartmoor Murders is the first book by Stephanie Austin that I have read, so it is my first venture into the Juno Brown exploits. You would think that two murders would be plenty to be going on with, but there's much more. Throw in a mother and son scam team, a new tenant who seems determined to cause havoc, the police who are relatively tolerant and some who aren't (Detective Sergeant Cruella Deville, really?), a little bit of romance and a host of weird and wonderful characters. And then you have the makings of a cracking read. From the outset, I found the amount of humour in the novel a breath of fresh air, especially considering it's supposedly and is a mystery thriller. The characters from the author's previous novels, who reside around the main protagonist Juno Brown have their own quirks and idiosyncrasies and highlight the more sedate side of Juno's existence. There was an air of inevitability that Juno would get under the skin of the police, and you can't really blame them. She always seemed to be one step ahead of them and making them look amateurish. But of course, that can backfire when you are in deep trouble, and it's you that needs assistance. Juno is no Miss Marple but, she has her own haphazard way of doing things even if they do tend to drop her further into trouble than what's good for her. Without having any background knowledge from the previous Dartmoor books, it was difficult to understand some of the relationships that were going on between characters, but that was only a minor niggle. If you haven't read any of the authors previous Dartmoor novels, I believe that you'll be captivated by the absorbing storyline and plot development of the Dartmoor Murders. The pace of the book was steady, and it flowed nicely. You never felt like it was rushing to reach its conclusion. Many books are being written that are classed as Cozy Mysteries, and although this novel has that type of feel to it, the author has written a superb Mystery Thriller, which will hold the reader's attention to the very end. The book is well-conceived and well-crafted, and you know that obviously comes from well-researched material. And as this is book 4 of the Devon Mysteries, you can understand that. I enjoyed the book immensely. It was a surprise and a delight. From the first few pages through to the end, I was completely hooked and I found it really difficult to put down. Stephanie Austin should be applauded for her wit and style, and it was a pleasure to read the Dartmoor Murders. Now I realise what I've missed out on by not catching up with this series sooner. I am giving The Dartmoor Murders 5-stars because it thoroughly deserves it, in my opinion. I particularly would like to thank Netgalley and Allison & Busby for the digital copy. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Beachcomber

    I received a free ARC copy of this via NetGalley and the publishers in return for an unbiased review. This was the first of Austin’s books I’d read, and was keen to try as someone who lived down the road from Ashburton for several years and now lives in Newton Abbot (the author is right, we do have a lot of charity shops!). I didn’t feel the initial murders really took up much of the plot here, there’s very little investigating going on - but overall I liked the book. You did get to know the cha I received a free ARC copy of this via NetGalley and the publishers in return for an unbiased review. This was the first of Austin’s books I’d read, and was keen to try as someone who lived down the road from Ashburton for several years and now lives in Newton Abbot (the author is right, we do have a lot of charity shops!). I didn’t feel the initial murders really took up much of the plot here, there’s very little investigating going on - but overall I liked the book. You did get to know the characters without too much rehashing history, which could be annoying for those who’ve read from the beginning of the series. The reasons I didn’t give it 4 stars are that it was a like rather than love, I couldn’t believe there was a character called Cruella deVille (I had wondered if this was Juno’s nickname for her from a previous book? But it didn’t seem so), not to mention she came across as utterly two dimensional, Fizzy Izzy just seemed a silly name and overdone character/plot point, and what was with two characters having violet, and turquoise eyes? You expect odd eye colours, flashing eyes, eyes shooting daggers, etc. from wannabe amateur authors, I wouldn’t expect this from someone on their fourth book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    The Dartmoor Murders is the fourth book in the fun Devon Mysteries series. Juno has inherited an antiques shop which is not yet turning over much profit. In exchange for goods and services she is allowing a few vendors to set up rent free as she has the space and she could use more custom. When outgoing and irritating Fizz comes along expressing her desire to pay rent on three spots for her silk scarf business, Juno can't afford to turn her down. But when a body unexpectedly shows up in a wardro The Dartmoor Murders is the fourth book in the fun Devon Mysteries series. Juno has inherited an antiques shop which is not yet turning over much profit. In exchange for goods and services she is allowing a few vendors to set up rent free as she has the space and she could use more custom. When outgoing and irritating Fizz comes along expressing her desire to pay rent on three spots for her silk scarf business, Juno can't afford to turn her down. But when a body unexpectedly shows up in a wardrobe Juno buys from cantankerous Fred Crick she is a wee bit alarmed. As an amateur sleuth she is no stranger to dead bodies so she takes action. While entangled in the murder case which becomes murder caseS, Juno is bewildered by other crimes in her area and inveigles and questions. Her steadfast and loyal friends including Daniel back her. Bodies and secrets pile up and tensions increase. Clues are discovered along the way and she tries to put her angst toward Cruella aside. Cozy mystery readers ought to read this and the others in the series, perfect on a lazy day. My sincere thank you to Allison & Busby and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this engaging charmer.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    The first two bodies were recent, and Juno saw them both. Juno has a history of getting involved with murder investigations and on the wrong side of Detective Sergeant Cruella Deville (but not the others). Besides the murders, there have been fraudulent thievings from other shop owners as well as thefts of farm animal herds and large farm equipment happening in the district. Add in the business tenant from the pit, an attractive photojournalist from Australia, and a mostly absent love interest t The first two bodies were recent, and Juno saw them both. Juno has a history of getting involved with murder investigations and on the wrong side of Detective Sergeant Cruella Deville (but not the others). Besides the murders, there have been fraudulent thievings from other shop owners as well as thefts of farm animal herds and large farm equipment happening in the district. Add in the business tenant from the pit, an attractive photojournalist from Australia, and a mostly absent love interest to round out this delightful tale. As this is the first I've read in the series, I can tell you that it works just as well as a stand alone. But this one is so good that I want the earlier ones, too. I requested and received a temporary digital ARC of this book from Allison & Busby via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  9. 4 out of 5

    histeriker

    I don't know any other part in the series, but it was not a problem to get into the book. The characters are introduced nicely and if the things needed explanation at least a short one was provided. So I really felt informed. I really liked the setting, as it was one of the things which inspired me to pick up the book. The small town feeling is shown and well-drawn and Dartmoor is described the way I imagined it. The characters are natural and you can identify yourself with them. I also liked this I don't know any other part in the series, but it was not a problem to get into the book. The characters are introduced nicely and if the things needed explanation at least a short one was provided. So I really felt informed. I really liked the setting, as it was one of the things which inspired me to pick up the book. The small town feeling is shown and well-drawn and Dartmoor is described the way I imagined it. The characters are natural and you can identify yourself with them. I also liked this feeling of community which was conjured around the shop. The characters are a bit quirky, but it has a special charm. I could really imagine reading the other books. A recommendation from me!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    A very engaging and enjoyable escape to Devon. A modern cosy with a very likable heroine. Juno Browne has an unlucky propensity for finding dead bodies, leading to awkwardness with the local police, especially since Juno is godmother to the DI’s child. Although this this the 4th book in the series, it was the first I had read and I was not at a disadvantage, it works very well as a standalone. Overall a good, well rounded story with believable characters, credible dialog, and a good plot. I will A very engaging and enjoyable escape to Devon. A modern cosy with a very likable heroine. Juno Browne has an unlucky propensity for finding dead bodies, leading to awkwardness with the local police, especially since Juno is godmother to the DI’s child. Although this this the 4th book in the series, it was the first I had read and I was not at a disadvantage, it works very well as a standalone. Overall a good, well rounded story with believable characters, credible dialog, and a good plot. I will definitely be reading the first three in the series. Many thanks to netgalley, the publisher and the author for an advance copy, it was a pleasure to read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    First book on the Devon Mysteries series that I read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Juno is a nicely developed character that I found engaging and relatable. I loved seeing Juno's struggle to not get involved, while also wanting to know what happened. The mystery has a lot layers to it and the reveals itself slowly in a way that really captured my attention from beginning to end. I appreciated just how well rounded this story is and I enjoyed seeing it all come together in a surprising and satisfy First book on the Devon Mysteries series that I read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Juno is a nicely developed character that I found engaging and relatable. I loved seeing Juno's struggle to not get involved, while also wanting to know what happened. The mystery has a lot layers to it and the reveals itself slowly in a way that really captured my attention from beginning to end. I appreciated just how well rounded this story is and I enjoyed seeing it all come together in a surprising and satisfying ending.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Priya

    The book starts with Juno stumbling across two deaths and being interrogated over them. After the initial few chapters, the story veered in a different direction with livestock hustling and antique thefts and Juno not doing much in solving any of it. Towards the conclusion she stumbles upon a photograph and gets to solve the initial plot. Apart from a peek into the everyday life in the town the narrative doesn’t offer much in the way of clues or red herrings. For readers who enjoyed the previous The book starts with Juno stumbling across two deaths and being interrogated over them. After the initial few chapters, the story veered in a different direction with livestock hustling and antique thefts and Juno not doing much in solving any of it. Towards the conclusion she stumbles upon a photograph and gets to solve the initial plot. Apart from a peek into the everyday life in the town the narrative doesn’t offer much in the way of clues or red herrings. For readers who enjoyed the previous books this would be a letdown. At last I could get the name of the dog.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    Another good mystery in this excellent series. Even if it's not my favorite I thoroughly enjoyed it as it's full of twists and turns and I was happy to catch up with Juno and her friends. The plot is complex and includes some subplots. It kept me reading and guessing and I liked the solution. Good character development, solid mystery. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine Another good mystery in this excellent series. Even if it's not my favorite I thoroughly enjoyed it as it's full of twists and turns and I was happy to catch up with Juno and her friends. The plot is complex and includes some subplots. It kept me reading and guessing and I liked the solution. Good character development, solid mystery. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Fantastic, can't wait for the next instalment Fantastic, can't wait for the next instalment

  15. 5 out of 5

    Greg

  16. 4 out of 5

    Daniela Cosma

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  18. 5 out of 5

    Zara

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Farrell

  20. 5 out of 5

    MISS JOANNA C MATTHEWS

  21. 5 out of 5

    Robert Hiscocks

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aurora

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Kay

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jill

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Honeyman

  27. 5 out of 5

    Damian Herman

  28. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

  29. 4 out of 5

    Harveen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Artemiz

  31. 4 out of 5

    Brit Andrews

  32. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

  33. 4 out of 5

    Arlene

  34. 5 out of 5

    Ewelina

  35. 4 out of 5

    Flores

  36. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

  37. 5 out of 5

    Shiravila

  38. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

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