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A cold case warms up when an archaeological dig uncovers the remains of a student who went missing a decade previously. It was a missing person case that bugged ex-inspector Fabia Havard long after she left the force. Now she has been asked by her former protégé and ongoing love interest, DCI Matt Lambert, to aid the investigation. Caleb Morgan went missing whilst studying a A cold case warms up when an archaeological dig uncovers the remains of a student who went missing a decade previously. It was a missing person case that bugged ex-inspector Fabia Havard long after she left the force. Now she has been asked by her former protégé and ongoing love interest, DCI Matt Lambert, to aid the investigation. Caleb Morgan went missing whilst studying at a university campus near the ancient Roman city of Caerleon. His friends and family were interviewed and an extensive search carried out, but to no avail. Now, with his body finally found during an archaeological dig, partly exposed due to the riverbank subsiding after a flood, there is new evidence. It is clear he was murdered. The question facing the police is who did it and why? As they probe deeper into his background, suspicions arise around a local firebrand preacher, a boxer and the police themselves. With much of the material being circumstantial it will take excellent detective work to finally put the matter to rest. But Fabia’s unofficial involvement will cause a stir and even threaten the integrity of the whole case. MURDER BY THE RIVER USK is the third murder mystery by Pippa McCathie set in South Wales. It can be enjoyed on its own or alongside the other books. Look out for the first, MURDER IN THE VALLEYS, and the second, MURDER AT THE OLD ABBEY. Both of these books are also FREE with Kindle Unlimited, and available in paperback and audio.


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A cold case warms up when an archaeological dig uncovers the remains of a student who went missing a decade previously. It was a missing person case that bugged ex-inspector Fabia Havard long after she left the force. Now she has been asked by her former protégé and ongoing love interest, DCI Matt Lambert, to aid the investigation. Caleb Morgan went missing whilst studying a A cold case warms up when an archaeological dig uncovers the remains of a student who went missing a decade previously. It was a missing person case that bugged ex-inspector Fabia Havard long after she left the force. Now she has been asked by her former protégé and ongoing love interest, DCI Matt Lambert, to aid the investigation. Caleb Morgan went missing whilst studying at a university campus near the ancient Roman city of Caerleon. His friends and family were interviewed and an extensive search carried out, but to no avail. Now, with his body finally found during an archaeological dig, partly exposed due to the riverbank subsiding after a flood, there is new evidence. It is clear he was murdered. The question facing the police is who did it and why? As they probe deeper into his background, suspicions arise around a local firebrand preacher, a boxer and the police themselves. With much of the material being circumstantial it will take excellent detective work to finally put the matter to rest. But Fabia’s unofficial involvement will cause a stir and even threaten the integrity of the whole case. MURDER BY THE RIVER USK is the third murder mystery by Pippa McCathie set in South Wales. It can be enjoyed on its own or alongside the other books. Look out for the first, MURDER IN THE VALLEYS, and the second, MURDER AT THE OLD ABBEY. Both of these books are also FREE with Kindle Unlimited, and available in paperback and audio.

30 review for Murder by the River Usk

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    After a storm bones are discovered at a dig, unfortunately more recent than Roman. It seems that they are the bones of Caleb Morgan, missing for nine years. Back in May 2010, it was Inspector Havard and Sergeant Lambert's first case together. Now Chief Inspector Lambert and his team would like the help of retired Havard in uncovering the motive and guilty party. An entertaining and well-written mystery After a storm bones are discovered at a dig, unfortunately more recent than Roman. It seems that they are the bones of Caleb Morgan, missing for nine years. Back in May 2010, it was Inspector Havard and Sergeant Lambert's first case together. Now Chief Inspector Lambert and his team would like the help of retired Havard in uncovering the motive and guilty party. An entertaining and well-written mystery

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Pearson

    When an archeological dig exposes the corpse of a long dead body, the police open up a cold case. But all is not straightforward. The body is that of a young man who has been murdered - but by whom? There are many suspects, and the inter-relationship between them makes for an intriguing and twisty tale that is not resolved to the very end. I really enjoyed the story, and it is very well crafted by Pippa as usual.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    Another 5 star Beautifully written murder mystery that rises above the many police procedurals that are available to read. This author pulls you into the lives of the characters whether they are the investigators or the suspects. Recommend the three books that have been in this series and hoping there is a fourth.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A cold case warms up when an archaeological dig uncovers the remains of a student who went missing a decade previously. It was a missing person case that bugged ex-inspector Fabia Havard long after she left the force. Now she has been asked by her former protégé and ongoing love interest, DCI Matt Lambert, to aid the investigation. Caleb Morgan went missing whilst studying at a university campus near the ancient Roman city of Caerleon. His friends and family were interviewed and an extensive searc A cold case warms up when an archaeological dig uncovers the remains of a student who went missing a decade previously. It was a missing person case that bugged ex-inspector Fabia Havard long after she left the force. Now she has been asked by her former protégé and ongoing love interest, DCI Matt Lambert, to aid the investigation. Caleb Morgan went missing whilst studying at a university campus near the ancient Roman city of Caerleon. His friends and family were interviewed and an extensive search carried out, but to no avail. Now, with his body finally found during an archaeological dig, partly exposed due to the riverbank subsiding after a flood, there is new evidence. It is clear he was murdered. The question facing the police is who did it and why? As they probe deeper into his background, suspicions arise around a local firebrand preacher, a boxer and the police themselves. With much of the material being circumstantial it will take excellent detective work to finally put the matter to rest. But Fabia’s unofficial involvement will cause a stir and even threaten the integrity of the whole case. MURDER BY THE RIVER USK is the third murder mystery by Pippa McCathie set in South Wales. It can be enjoyed on its own or alongside the other books. Look out for the first, MURDER IN THE VALLEYS, and the second, MURDER AT THE OLD ABBEY. Both of these books are also FREE with Kindle Unlimited, and available in paperback and audio. Good

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    When a storm exposes bones near an archaeological excavation, they turn out to be modern, rather than ancient. The bones belong to a college student who went missing 10 years ago, and Fabia Harvard--now retired from the police and turned artist--was in charge of the search. That's why Matt, now in charge of the murder investigation as well as being Fabia's lover, brings her in to help solve the case. They talk to his friends from uni days, his family--some of it not-so-loving--and people involve When a storm exposes bones near an archaeological excavation, they turn out to be modern, rather than ancient. The bones belong to a college student who went missing 10 years ago, and Fabia Harvard--now retired from the police and turned artist--was in charge of the search. That's why Matt, now in charge of the murder investigation as well as being Fabia's lover, brings her in to help solve the case. They talk to his friends from uni days, his family--some of it not-so-loving--and people involved in his church youth group. But the investigation is hampered by Fabia's unofficial status and some other cops being seriously unhappy about it, plus her tendency to ask forgiveness rather than permission. On top of everything, Fabia and Matt's relationship has hit a bumpy patch, since he wants to move in but she's afraid of losing her independence. I mostly liked this one, though I did guess the murderer. The obnoxious nay-sayer in the department who gets in everyone's way with nasty actions or insinuations seems to be a trope in police procedurals? Anyway, it's tiresome and I could have done without it. I thought the relationship tension seemed believable and appropriate--no easy answers there. Once more, the author left some irritating loose ends, which I guess is typical of actual cases, but frustrating in a book (she did try to tie one up, but how that happened was a patch job at best). Kind of the best part is listening to the narrator's Welsh accents!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Neill Smith

    Favia and Matt pool their talents Caleb Morgan’s body is discovered ten years after his disappearance when a lengthy storm causes a small landslide in a field outside of Pontygwyn, Wales near the University he attended at Caerleon. An interview with his mother and sister results in some conflicting information between the two family members and Chief Inspector Matt Lambert and Chloe Daniels, family liaison officer. As the news spreads through the community friends of Caleb discuss their lack of s Favia and Matt pool their talents Caleb Morgan’s body is discovered ten years after his disappearance when a lengthy storm causes a small landslide in a field outside of Pontygwyn, Wales near the University he attended at Caerleon. An interview with his mother and sister results in some conflicting information between the two family members and Chief Inspector Matt Lambert and Chloe Daniels, family liaison officer. As the news spreads through the community friends of Caleb discuss their lack of support when his sexual orientation was first revealed and the difficulties he faced in thir community. As the investigation proceeds it seems past investigations of homosexual behavior in the community have been suspect and Matt and Favia are pursuing past evidence regarding Caleb’s death. I am enjoying this series and recommend it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The third in the Havard-Lambert series, which combines the mystery of a disappearance from ten years ago, a cold case, with the complexities of their evolving relationship. Caleb Morgan went missing from the university and his body was found ten years later near an archeological dig. Lambert asks Fabia to help since she was in charge of the initial investigation. Was it Caleb’s abusive father who couldn’t accept that his son was gay? One of his university roommates? A clergyman who may have abus The third in the Havard-Lambert series, which combines the mystery of a disappearance from ten years ago, a cold case, with the complexities of their evolving relationship. Caleb Morgan went missing from the university and his body was found ten years later near an archeological dig. Lambert asks Fabia to help since she was in charge of the initial investigation. Was it Caleb’s abusive father who couldn’t accept that his son was gay? One of his university roommates? A clergyman who may have abused him? Or a young woman with a crush who couldn’t accept that he was gay and not interested in her?

  8. 4 out of 5

    M

    Easy read mystery with cozy-ish aspirations. If you don’t like gay relationships, take a pass I chose this sorta cozyish mystery as a break from hard boiled crime fiction. I prefer cozy-type mysteries with police detectives instead of amateurs, and for a book with cozyish aspirations, there’s NSFW language, taking deities in vain, gay relationships, and a head bashing murder. That said, this is a quick read, because the culprit all but jumps up and shouts “It’s me.”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    My first mystery by Pippa McCathie. I learned that it is the third in a series of Havard & Lambert Mysteries. Set in Wales, this mystery had just the right balance of possible evil doers and clues. I like that she didn't lay all the clues / dialogue about the clues to keep one guessing. Interestingly, the clues led to a possible two suspects and the author chose the one that was the more obvious. It was a fun little book although a bit corny on the love interest relationship. My first mystery by Pippa McCathie. I learned that it is the third in a series of Havard & Lambert Mysteries. Set in Wales, this mystery had just the right balance of possible evil doers and clues. I like that she didn't lay all the clues / dialogue about the clues to keep one guessing. Interestingly, the clues led to a possible two suspects and the author chose the one that was the more obvious. It was a fun little book although a bit corny on the love interest relationship.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Awesome and exciting series! I have now read all three books in this series and have absolutely loved them. They are very well written and the characters are very interesting. The plots have kept me guessing until the end. I strongly recommend this series and hope the next book comes out soon.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rita Hebert

    Social Commentary I like books that have somewhat of a social commentary to them, not in a preachy way, but just laying out the information and letting the reader make a decision. That, however, does not take away from the enjoyment of the mystery. Being from the USA, I also like the descriptions and phrases. Now if I just knew how to pronounce those Welsh names. Love it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Doreen

    Wow! This author does not disappoint! This mystery is as terrific as the preceding two. The main characters are wonderful and their interactions enjoyable. This police procedural is excellent, thorough, intense, and well developed. The descriptions of the locale are inviting and call for a visit!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gary and Sandra Sims

    Good book Ms. McCathie has written a cold case murder mystery about a young man who was missing for nine years only to have his body found and no discernable suspects in hand. Harvard and Lambert have to use all their investigative skills to solve this crime. Good storyline and character development makes this a compelling story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erik Empson

    Another great title by Pippa McCathie. Fabia Havard once again gets involved in an ongoing case, despite being retired from the force. She can't help but ruffle a few feathers, but her insights are invaluable. Another great title by Pippa McCathie. Fabia Havard once again gets involved in an ongoing case, despite being retired from the force. She can't help but ruffle a few feathers, but her insights are invaluable.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary Rowe

    Renergized Cold Case Mystery Who Done It The author’s even-handed treatment of a romantic relationship, the various suspects and their motivations, the setting, all come together for an absorbing story. I shall go back and read the first and second books in this series!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Randazzo

    Many Threads All three works in this series have many threads woven together to show the true villain. Several possible villain are suggested which makes for interesting reading. Bits of humour add to the tales.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mr Kenneth L Mullen

    Another great story Another great story this time featuring a cold case. A well crafted story mixing both the past with the present as well as a great range of characters and a great ending.

  18. 5 out of 5

    brenda evans-morris

    Murder by the wrong kind of love A story of murder love a n d deceit was a student missing or was he murdered a book you must read right to the end to find out was he murder or did he go missing my suspects was wrong what an endng a must read

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Loved the South Wales locality and the smattering of Welsh language too. Engrossing story and characters and the story rattled along nicely. I'm now reading the next Lambert and Havard novel and looking forward to being entertained. Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Loved the South Wales locality and the smattering of Welsh language too. Engrossing story and characters and the story rattled along nicely. I'm now reading the next Lambert and Havard novel and looking forward to being entertained.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn L. Loewenstein

    Enjoyed this book! Excellent plot and characters who seem completely real. I could hardly put it down. Just had to know the whole story! Great ending!!! I can't wait to read some of the other books. Enjoyed this book! Excellent plot and characters who seem completely real. I could hardly put it down. Just had to know the whole story! Great ending!!! I can't wait to read some of the other books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    Enjoyed this as much as the other two. Love the characters and the story is easy to follow without any gory details. Love the relationship between Matt and Fabia and look forward to see how it develops, should there be a 4th.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Thomas

    What I like most about this series is the clever way the author develops the central romantic relationship as the plot unfolds. The cast of regular characters is also developing really nicely. The murder mystery element was written with great compassion. A warmly enjoyable read altogether.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia Roddy

    Who done it ? A really good read with plenty of suspects. Towards the end of the book I had got it down to two, and one of my guesses was right. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book Who done it ? A really good read with plenty of suspects. Towards the end of the book I had got it down to two, and one of my guesses was right. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book

  24. 4 out of 5

    Janie Livingston

    Good book A wonderful police procedural with a dash of help from a former police chief. Twists and turns end up with a villain you wouldn't have expected. Good book A wonderful police procedural with a dash of help from a former police chief. Twists and turns end up with a villain you wouldn't have expected.

  25. 4 out of 5

    G

    Fabia and Matt are great characters and the plot in this book is excellent!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

    Run-of-the-mill British detective story Your given the characters and you know one of them is the perpetrator. I wouldn’t bother buying any more in the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    barry wood

    Good plot, really good twist at the end very enjoyable read

  28. 4 out of 5

    JM

    This was a really great, entertaining read. I got into the plot right away and had a hard time putting the book down. I will definitely look for more books by this author!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    S Richardson

    So-So. Pretty average plot,well telegraphed. This was written by and for a lady in her later years. None the worse for that ,I dare say, but it’s a bit too domestic for me .

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gary Van Cott

    3.5 stars.

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