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A village of secrets finds its past lies waiting… When mourners gather in the village of Lower Gladdock, the grave is found to be already occupied. The victim is soon linked to a tragedy that tore the village apart five years ago and is handed over to the Bexford police to solve. Detective-sergeant Guy Poole is hoping to put his traumatic past behind him and settle into A village of secrets finds its past lies waiting… When mourners gather in the village of Lower Gladdock, the grave is found to be already occupied. The victim is soon linked to a tragedy that tore the village apart five years ago and is handed over to the Bexford police to solve. Detective-sergeant Guy Poole is hoping to put his traumatic past behind him and settle into his new station at Bexford. Now history is threatening to raise its head again, and he has a murder case to contend with. Detective Inspector Sam Brock has a new recruit to take under his wing, and he’s determined this one isn’t going to die. As if that wasn’t enough of a headache, his wife is coming home and may be on the verge of discovering the lie he’s been telling her. Newly paired duo Brock & Poole must track down the killer before more lives are lost.


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A village of secrets finds its past lies waiting… When mourners gather in the village of Lower Gladdock, the grave is found to be already occupied. The victim is soon linked to a tragedy that tore the village apart five years ago and is handed over to the Bexford police to solve. Detective-sergeant Guy Poole is hoping to put his traumatic past behind him and settle into A village of secrets finds its past lies waiting… When mourners gather in the village of Lower Gladdock, the grave is found to be already occupied. The victim is soon linked to a tragedy that tore the village apart five years ago and is handed over to the Bexford police to solve. Detective-sergeant Guy Poole is hoping to put his traumatic past behind him and settle into his new station at Bexford. Now history is threatening to raise its head again, and he has a murder case to contend with. Detective Inspector Sam Brock has a new recruit to take under his wing, and he’s determined this one isn’t going to die. As if that wasn’t enough of a headache, his wife is coming home and may be on the verge of discovering the lie he’s been telling her. Newly paired duo Brock & Poole must track down the killer before more lives are lost.

30 review for An Occupied Grave

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zain

    A Great Beginning To A Series ! Too bad I can’t tell the ending to this mystery. Detective Sargent Poole and Detective Inspector Brock are called on to solve the mystery of a body that is occupying a grave that has been dugged for someone else. It is Poole’s first day on the job, so naturally he wants to make a good impression. Unfortunately, he doesn’t. Instead he makes an enemy! But with Brock on his side, he needn’t worry. This mystery gets solved. This story has many interesting directions that A Great Beginning To A Series ! Too bad I can’t tell the ending to this mystery. Detective Sargent Poole and Detective Inspector Brock are called on to solve the mystery of a body that is occupying a grave that has been dugged for someone else. It is Poole’s first day on the job, so naturally he wants to make a good impression. Unfortunately, he doesn’t. Instead he makes an enemy! But with Brock on his side, he needn’t worry. This mystery gets solved. This story has many interesting directions that it leads you into, and the twists and turns help to increase the suspense of the story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a 4.5 star read. An Occupied Grave is a wonderful introduction to a new series and a new set of detectives, Brock and Poole, for me. I simply adore British crime series and this short novel is an excellent example of a murder mystery with a cosy feel centred in a small town in England. I have already added the rest and the series to my TBR pile. A very quick read entertaining to boot! I received an ebook of this novel from the author via Instafreebie. I have voluntarily chosen to review th This is a 4.5 star read. An Occupied Grave is a wonderful introduction to a new series and a new set of detectives, Brock and Poole, for me. I simply adore British crime series and this short novel is an excellent example of a murder mystery with a cosy feel centred in a small town in England. I have already added the rest and the series to my TBR pile. A very quick read entertaining to boot! I received an ebook of this novel from the author via Instafreebie. I have voluntarily chosen to review the book and the gifting in no way influences my review/rating, which reflects my honest opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Detective-sergeant Poole has just arrived at his new position at Bexford as partner to Detective Inspector Brock, and immediately, they have a murder case to solve. A.G. Barnett’s An Occupied Grave (A Brock & Poole Mystery, #1) is a village mystery, and this village appears to have damaging secrets that affect the solution of the the first murder.Yes, there is more than one murder for Brock & Poole to figure out. This is not a warm and cozy mystery, but one that involves the past in more ways th Detective-sergeant Poole has just arrived at his new position at Bexford as partner to Detective Inspector Brock, and immediately, they have a murder case to solve. A.G. Barnett’s An Occupied Grave (A Brock & Poole Mystery, #1) is a village mystery, and this village appears to have damaging secrets that affect the solution of the the first murder.Yes, there is more than one murder for Brock & Poole to figure out. This is not a warm and cozy mystery, but one that involves the past in more ways than one. Detective-sergeant Poole has moved because of a horrific incident that happened to him at 15 years of age. This incident is recalled towards the end of the book, and the reader truly comprehends the character of Poole. The village setting adds to this book and illustrates how the past influences this particular mystery. I believe that Brock & Poole will make an extremely good team to solve mysteries.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patiscynical

    Predictable Too much talk, not enough action. The book is centered around DS Poole and DI Brock. DS Poole has just transferred from Oxford, and he has daddy issues. His father is about to get out of prison, and he's nervous and concerned. DI Brock is considered by some to be cursed, because the people that work with him tend to end up dead. Too much of this book focused on human interactions, and very little on the actual crime. And the way everything came together in the end seemed contrived. Resul Predictable Too much talk, not enough action. The book is centered around DS Poole and DI Brock. DS Poole has just transferred from Oxford, and he has daddy issues. His father is about to get out of prison, and he's nervous and concerned. DI Brock is considered by some to be cursed, because the people that work with him tend to end up dead. Too much of this book focused on human interactions, and very little on the actual crime. And the way everything came together in the end seemed contrived. Results: just ok. I won't say that I wouldn't read another episode, but I certainly won't go out of my way to read one, either.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kellene

    I enjoyed the beginning book of the Brock & Poole series. Have two male MCs is unusual for my reads, but I seriously like these two. There is a lot of time spent on the interaction between the characters in this book, but that worked well for me. I had parts of the mystery sketched out pretty early on, but still wanted to see where things went, so it was easy to keep going. I will most likely read more in the series to see where things go with Poole and Brock.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    The first book in a series, which didn't disappoint as so many do. Poole has been promoted to work with Inspector Brock. They both have secrets, but these don't interfere with the mystery. So many authors tend to make the background of the detectives the real story, which I find tedious and frequently boring. Am looking forward to the next books, and their somewhat quirky characters. The first book in a series, which didn't disappoint as so many do. Poole has been promoted to work with Inspector Brock. They both have secrets, but these don't interfere with the mystery. So many authors tend to make the background of the detectives the real story, which I find tedious and frequently boring. Am looking forward to the next books, and their somewhat quirky characters.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paul Ataua

    A pretty formulaic murder mystery that I never really got into. I'm not quite sure which of the two key players, Brock or Poole, I cared less about, and it only goes to say that I won't be following them to the next adventure. A pretty formulaic murder mystery that I never really got into. I'm not quite sure which of the two key players, Brock or Poole, I cared less about, and it only goes to say that I won't be following them to the next adventure.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "Enjoyable" Despite the inaccuracies and the odd typo this was an enjoyable read. As a first in series it set the scene well. We were introduced to the main characters. We understand the background issues of the cast that will develop in the next three stories. All we need now is another murder to investigate. It might be a simple formula, and there are plenty of other authors using it to chose from out there. Whether Brock and Poole will thrive or not should depend on the quality of the story li "Enjoyable" Despite the inaccuracies and the odd typo this was an enjoyable read. As a first in series it set the scene well. We were introduced to the main characters. We understand the background issues of the cast that will develop in the next three stories. All we need now is another murder to investigate. It might be a simple formula, and there are plenty of other authors using it to chose from out there. Whether Brock and Poole will thrive or not should depend on the quality of the story line. Let's hope the following books attract those who read for enjoyment rather than looking for something to complain about. This had a decent story line. What more do you need for a few hours escapism?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bettie

    Listening Length: 5 hours Description: A village of secrets finds its past lies waiting… When mourners gather in the village of Lower Gladdock, the grave is found to be already occupied. The victim is soon linked to a tragedy that tore the village apart five years ago and is handed over to the Bexford police to solve. Detective-sergeant Guy Poole is hoping to put his traumatic past behind him and settle into his new station at Bexford. Now history is threatening to raise its head again, and he ha Listening Length: 5 hours Description: A village of secrets finds its past lies waiting… When mourners gather in the village of Lower Gladdock, the grave is found to be already occupied. The victim is soon linked to a tragedy that tore the village apart five years ago and is handed over to the Bexford police to solve. Detective-sergeant Guy Poole is hoping to put his traumatic past behind him and settle into his new station at Bexford. Now history is threatening to raise its head again, and he has a murder case to contend with. Detective Inspector Sam Brock has a new recruit to take under his wing, and he’s determined this one isn’t going to die. As if that wasn’t enough of a headache, his wife is coming home and may be on the verge of discovering the lie he’s been telling her. Newly paired duo Brock & Poole must track down the killer before more lives are lost.

  10. 5 out of 5

    J.S.

    I picked this up thinking that the cover and title looked like a great read for Halloween. Instead, it's actually a detective mystery and has more in common with an Agatha Christie. But it starts off fairly Halloween-ish: While standing graveside for a funeral in a heavy rain, one of the mourners notices an elbow sticking out of the dirt in the freshly dug grave. Not an old long-buried elbow, but a freshly-murdered body who doesn't belong. Guy Poole has been promoted to Detective Sergeant and tra I picked this up thinking that the cover and title looked like a great read for Halloween. Instead, it's actually a detective mystery and has more in common with an Agatha Christie. But it starts off fairly Halloween-ish: While standing graveside for a funeral in a heavy rain, one of the mourners notices an elbow sticking out of the dirt in the freshly dug grave. Not an old long-buried elbow, but a freshly-murdered body who doesn't belong. Guy Poole has been promoted to Detective Sergeant and transferred to a new station in a small English village. Detective Inspector Brock is assigned to be his boss, but both Brock and Poole are haunted by their past. Together they'll be assigned to find the killer before more are killed. Okay, so it didn't turn out to be a good Halloween read, but it was still a very good read. While both Brock and Poole can be a little annoying, they're actually good and rather likeable characters. Most annoying were the constant hints at their dark backgrounds, which are eventually revealed. I thought it was quite fun and will probably look for more in the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    An Extremely Pleasant Surprise. Some how this book was buried in my Kindle and I found it when I truly needed something a little different to read. The author has taken the step of making a cozy mystery more of a British detective mystery. Think Lewis and Hathaway with haunted pasts. Gone is the woman getting involved in a murder, going out on her own, sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. Putting herself in danger almost getting killed and falling for the handsome guy who shows up. And not a An Extremely Pleasant Surprise. Some how this book was buried in my Kindle and I found it when I truly needed something a little different to read. The author has taken the step of making a cozy mystery more of a British detective mystery. Think Lewis and Hathaway with haunted pasts. Gone is the woman getting involved in a murder, going out on her own, sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. Putting herself in danger almost getting killed and falling for the handsome guy who shows up. And not a clueless copper in sight. The story is straight forward. Body shows up in a new grave. After the identity of the body is discovered the story becomes very interesting. And as the bodies pile up, well things aren't what they seem. Since everyone can read the book blurb I'm going to talk about the characters. There is DI Sam Brock, a large man, gruff and to the point detective with a not so partner friendly past and a loving wife with a career of her own. Then there is DS Guy Poole. New transfer to Bexford with a past he is hoping to forget and a mother who is very different. Naturally there are other constables who add to the story. Some interesting, some nasty and some who think they are above everyone else. But the coroner, well he's a character unto himself. If you enjoy Midsomer Murders, Lewis and Hathaway, even Dalziel and Pascoe I think this just might be the book for you.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lia

    I seldom do audiobooks, but I've been really sick, and reading in bed hurts my neck. It's not the [audio] book's fault that I randomly picked something to "read" while I'm sick and grumpy. This really doesn't work as an audiobook. It might have been okay if it's just plain reading, and not an attempt to voice-act the emotions in all the dialogues. But when you're reading a mystery, you're trying to work out who is lying, who is hiding what, who is uncanny, who is odd ... and you get this male voi I seldom do audiobooks, but I've been really sick, and reading in bed hurts my neck. It's not the [audio] book's fault that I randomly picked something to "read" while I'm sick and grumpy. This really doesn't work as an audiobook. It might have been okay if it's just plain reading, and not an attempt to voice-act the emotions in all the dialogues. But when you're reading a mystery, you're trying to work out who is lying, who is hiding what, who is uncanny, who is odd ... and you get this male voice-actor trying to squeeze out a high pitch girly girl voice, and on top of that, acting melodramatic, hysterical, tearful, shocked -- everything sounds really fake and suspicious. The storyline and character development is what you would expect from a TV series. This is only book 1, and I already feel like the ending is so "formulaic end of first season" setup.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandra McKenna

    A brilliant who-dunnit. I am very grateful to the person who recommended this book; it was fantastic. A small group of villagers are gathered in a graveyard to bury one their locals, when it is discovered that there is already a body in the grave. New to town, DS Poole is teamed up with DI Brock, who at first appears to be a bit difficult. Can the two work together? Apart from the obvious murder to solve, I really loved the characters in this book. It is well written, and a real page turner. Very A brilliant who-dunnit. I am very grateful to the person who recommended this book; it was fantastic. A small group of villagers are gathered in a graveyard to bury one their locals, when it is discovered that there is already a body in the grave. New to town, DS Poole is teamed up with DI Brock, who at first appears to be a bit difficult. Can the two work together? Apart from the obvious murder to solve, I really loved the characters in this book. It is well written, and a real page turner. Very highly recommended.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nadishka Aloysius

    I'm so glad I stumbled onto this series. The main characters are believable and likeable. The writing is good and flows seemlessly giving background information and insight with a touch of humour. The answer to the mystery was not obvious. An enjoyable read. I'm so glad I stumbled onto this series. The main characters are believable and likeable. The writing is good and flows seemlessly giving background information and insight with a touch of humour. The answer to the mystery was not obvious. An enjoyable read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sandi aka Maudley

    Intriguing mystery with lots of off-beat characters.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Linda Joan Booth

    Entertaining A good page turner with a light touch. Straight into the lives of the main protagonists without hesitation. Well plotted, nice twist..

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alison Smith

    My true rating is 2.5 I can never get the half stars to work. Set in Britain, very similar to the TV series Midsomer Murders. An o k whodunnit.

  18. 4 out of 5

    B.E.

    Fun! I love a good British mystery. This was kind of like watching Endeavour on Masterpiece, but set today and with its own special story. Great characters, awesome plot, interesting twists. Can't wait to see what's next for Brock and Poole. Fun! I love a good British mystery. This was kind of like watching Endeavour on Masterpiece, but set today and with its own special story. Great characters, awesome plot, interesting twists. Can't wait to see what's next for Brock and Poole.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Strange twist This story is set in England where a Detective Sergeant Poole has been sent to a small village to work after graduating. His boss is Inspector Brock who has had luck with partners. When a body is found in the bottom of a freshly dug grave and it turns out to be the nephew of the woman supposed to be buried there, it opens up an old case and the kids that were destroyed after an accident. The vicar's daughter is the only one left of the four kids from the old case. The body in the grav Strange twist This story is set in England where a Detective Sergeant Poole has been sent to a small village to work after graduating. His boss is Inspector Brock who has had luck with partners. When a body is found in the bottom of a freshly dug grave and it turns out to be the nephew of the woman supposed to be buried there, it opens up an old case and the kids that were destroyed after an accident. The vicar's daughter is the only one left of the four kids from the old case. The body in the grave belongs to a recently released inmate who was sent to prison for accidental running over his friend while drunk. The village had been torn apart by the kids lives changed forever. A story with a lot of twists and turns and British village incite. Like it abunch.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Reggie Billingsworth

    Barnett's first B&P mystery...had me laughing twice in the first few pages. That's a very good sign. But then....all horrors of the self-published (literally by his own Oddmoor Press) author emerged steadily throughout this effort. I have worked as an editor, designer and some-time illustrator for many self-published authors, such are the rampant enthusiasms of what just a decade ago we quaintly called 'desk-top' publishing. The certain truth from this sea of optimistic amateurs, to anyone who ac Barnett's first B&P mystery...had me laughing twice in the first few pages. That's a very good sign. But then....all horrors of the self-published (literally by his own Oddmoor Press) author emerged steadily throughout this effort. I have worked as an editor, designer and some-time illustrator for many self-published authors, such are the rampant enthusiasms of what just a decade ago we quaintly called 'desk-top' publishing. The certain truth from this sea of optimistic amateurs, to anyone who actually took several degrees in English Literature and Language and consequently sneers at Grammarly.com and it's ilk, is that Good Editing never shows but Bad (read: Absent) Editing always does...in spades. This is a shame, as Barnett demonstrates some potential even if a limited one in this over-mined mystery field. His characters are a little too stereotyped, the relationships a little too predictable, the dynamics easily foreseen and the detecting seriously mundane. He's possibly seen a few too many Midsommer Murders and figures, "Hey, I could do that!" and unfortunately did, and has still fallen short. There are boundless technical issues: Barnett seems to get all unstuck on positioning his characters and how to simply describe who is where and how they got there. A fresh editorial eye would remove the unnecessary repetition of characters' intentions (a sure sign of an insecure writer) and an overall feel of awkwardness and stilted character development, and cliche solutions (who couldn't guess a wheel barrow tyre track might be mistaken for a bicycle?) presented as apparently brilliant insight. Oh Lord it goes on and on: with circular conversations all built upon this author's truly unrepentant belief in himself. Has no one spoken to him about this? However, Barnett's Worst Crime Ever? His appalling use of sub-standard English due to a common 'dialect' https://painintheenglish.com/case/4796 with his persistent use of incorrect forms of the verb 'to sit', eg: 'was sat'. For the love of God, man...banish this verb, which you clearly cannot operate, and drag out your ruddy thesaurus for some variation and improved imagery. And yet, there are odd slivers of promise that his work would immensely benefit from a solid professional's editorial shake up and some serious revising. His work then might settle down. Without that humble submission however, he will possibly only gather a reputation no better than a McGonagall of Cosy Mysteries and sadly, one we could all do without.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kat Lebo

    An Occupied Grave, A Brock and Poole mystery (book 1) by A.G. Barnett I enjoyed this read very much. It is set in the UK and the writer is British, so, yes, there are some terminology differences, but it was an easy transition that didn't require the reader to look up terms or to struggle with context meanings. The characters seemed a bit stiff to me, or maybe just a bit immature, but this is the first in a series, so I'm willing to overlook that. The characters were well drawn, with enough backst An Occupied Grave, A Brock and Poole mystery (book 1) by A.G. Barnett I enjoyed this read very much. It is set in the UK and the writer is British, so, yes, there are some terminology differences, but it was an easy transition that didn't require the reader to look up terms or to struggle with context meanings. The characters seemed a bit stiff to me, or maybe just a bit immature, but this is the first in a series, so I'm willing to overlook that. The characters were well drawn, with enough backstory given to allow the reader to feel familiar with them, without feeling like one was reading a set of character profiles. There was a nice mystery, which started out with plenty of suspects, but ended sort of down, as by the end there was no real question who the guilty party/parties were. Good proofing and editing. A lot of action. A mystery inside a mystery that I assume will raise it's head in future Brock and Poole novels. No cliffhanger ending, although certainly there is much leading into another episode. Will I read more of this series? Maybe. I'm not excited about reading more, but if I run across another of the series on the no/low cost lists, I'll probably pick it up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gail Gassen

    Lots of twists in this one! A very entertaining read! Love the twists it has as the many suspects. Also the great hulk of the DI, Poole's new boss, and his track record with his previous DI Sargent's and constables who were assigned to him. Poole is an up and coming young man who thinks he has to prove himself because of his father, who at this time is in prison. He's also soon to be released, & has both himself and his mum scared. Well his mum scared and himself concerned really, not quite knowi Lots of twists in this one! A very entertaining read! Love the twists it has as the many suspects. Also the great hulk of the DI, Poole's new boss, and his track record with his previous DI Sargent's and constables who were assigned to him. Poole is an up and coming young man who thinks he has to prove himself because of his father, who at this time is in prison. He's also soon to be released, & has both himself and his mum scared. Well his mum scared and himself concerned really, not quite knowing what to expect. The murder case seems to keep racking up bodies till someone has been picked out as the killer. Except neither Brock nor Poole believe he did it, but how to prove it and who is the Mastermind behind the murders and the frame up? Can't be the mentally disturbed daughter of the vicars, she's way to small to have moved the bodies, so who is it! Great book, I really enjoyed it & I'm off to the next installment.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erunyauve

    'An Occupied Grave' won't give you much to think about, but the characters are fun and the mystery is well set-up. There is a fair amount devoted to introduction of the cast, as we might expect in the first book of a series, and the author might have done a bit more 'show' than 'tell'. It's well paced-out, however - the author does not dump it all at once, but leaves us to speculate a bit. As another reviewer noted, the grammar and spelling 'errors' are British spelling and colloquialisms. (Of co 'An Occupied Grave' won't give you much to think about, but the characters are fun and the mystery is well set-up. There is a fair amount devoted to introduction of the cast, as we might expect in the first book of a series, and the author might have done a bit more 'show' than 'tell'. It's well paced-out, however - the author does not dump it all at once, but leaves us to speculate a bit. As another reviewer noted, the grammar and spelling 'errors' are British spelling and colloquialisms. (Of course, so is Brock's understated humour.) My only quibble is that we're never clear on exactly what Guy's father did, and there are some bits thrown in that seem to be more last-minute than good plotting. (I'm trying to be cryptic to avoid spoiling - we do get some information near the end of the book - but not enough to make sense of it.) Perhaps in the next book - I'll be keeping this series on my go-to list when I need something light.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Briar Lynn

    I admit, I picked up this book solely because of the title. The opening chapters then drew me in, and I found myself reading whenever I could until I finished. The plot went along real quick, but nothing felt like it was being pulled out of thin air. I prefer mysteries where I can put together the solution while reading, and I was pleased that this was one such case. Definitely put this book above many other mysteries I've read. Both Poole and Brock are fantastic characters, and whether it's polic I admit, I picked up this book solely because of the title. The opening chapters then drew me in, and I found myself reading whenever I could until I finished. The plot went along real quick, but nothing felt like it was being pulled out of thin air. I prefer mysteries where I can put together the solution while reading, and I was pleased that this was one such case. Definitely put this book above many other mysteries I've read. Both Poole and Brock are fantastic characters, and whether it's police work or working through their personal problems, I found them to be a compelling duo. Although not in the thick of it for most of the story, Jenny (Poole's mother) and Laura (Brock's wife), remind us that these characters have a life at home. And that life has shaped who they are as people. I know I will be buying the sequel once I go through my other books, so that's as fine of a recommendation as I could ever give.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Cramer

    Bad grammar, poor characterization I've read 26% of this book and am returning it to Kindle Unlimited. The author's poor word choices and inability to maintain point of view or character-building were annoying from the beginning; now the persistent misuse of subject/verb consistency has driven me beyond my tolerance. If this were a hard copy book I would carefully take it by its right upper corner and turn it into a Frisbee. Then I would return it to the bookseller with a plea to have SOMEONE, AN Bad grammar, poor characterization I've read 26% of this book and am returning it to Kindle Unlimited. The author's poor word choices and inability to maintain point of view or character-building were annoying from the beginning; now the persistent misuse of subject/verb consistency has driven me beyond my tolerance. If this were a hard copy book I would carefully take it by its right upper corner and turn it into a Frisbee. Then I would return it to the bookseller with a plea to have SOMEONE, ANYONE copy-edit the darned thing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    ruth henriksen

    Quite a mundane story, spoiled by the constant interruption of bad grammer and worse spelling! He does not appear to know the difference between the past and present participles, and makes really juvenile spelling errors. Poole has too much back story. The measure of good fiction is that like good theatre it suspends disbelief, and this doesn't. Quite a mundane story, spoiled by the constant interruption of bad grammer and worse spelling! He does not appear to know the difference between the past and present participles, and makes really juvenile spelling errors. Poole has too much back story. The measure of good fiction is that like good theatre it suspends disbelief, and this doesn't.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ankit Saini

    So predictable Boring nothing new totally predictable. Went by the reviews but found nothing new. Also, the characters were left undeveloped in most cases

  28. 5 out of 5

    J Barkess

    Couldn't finish this Old fashioned, amateur and quite frankly weird writing style. I did get half way through it. Who was the culprit ? ? Who cares ? ? Couldn't finish this Old fashioned, amateur and quite frankly weird writing style. I did get half way through it. Who was the culprit ? ? Who cares ? ?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Kelly

    As a writer of mysteries and thrillers, I read and learn from all of the subgenres. I chose to read An Occupied Grave by AG Barnett because it was written by a man and also ranks highly in Amazon’s Cozy Mystery category. Rarely do men write cozy mysteries--a quick search of the top twenty in the category today shows eighteen were written by women. I love the first murder reveal in An Occupied Grave. A few mourners have gathered in an English churchyard to memorialize the life of a senior citizen As a writer of mysteries and thrillers, I read and learn from all of the subgenres. I chose to read An Occupied Grave by AG Barnett because it was written by a man and also ranks highly in Amazon’s Cozy Mystery category. Rarely do men write cozy mysteries--a quick search of the top twenty in the category today shows eighteen were written by women. I love the first murder reveal in An Occupied Grave. A few mourners have gathered in an English churchyard to memorialize the life of a senior citizen when they discover . . . you guessed it . . . a murderer has hidden another corpse in the grave. Enter the team of Brock and Poole, police detectives from the local town. As the senior detective, Brock is huge, disgruntled, and haunted by the death of several of his former partners. Poole is new to the town and trying to make a good impression despite his dark family secrets and the crush he instantly forms for a patrolwoman on the force. An Occupied Grave provides a multitude of suspects, a nice touch of humor, and a bit of romance that is sure to please cozy readers. I like the main characters in the story and feel that there is plenty of material for Barnett to use in future installments of the series. He has published four novels in the series to date. If they are all like this first one, I suspect he will do well in the cozy category.

  30. 4 out of 5

    D. Starr

    Newly Hired Detective and a Strange Case Appropriate for teen - adult No sex No memorable harsh language, if any Action, but no gory violence Some humor, especially around character personalities Characters - likable and in this first in the series already building up to being 3 dimensional. Setting - England nowadays Writing - In the first few chapters there were several distracting mistakes in word choice or sentence structure, but then it seems the editors started paying attention, since there were Newly Hired Detective and a Strange Case Appropriate for teen - adult No sex No memorable harsh language, if any Action, but no gory violence Some humor, especially around character personalities Characters - likable and in this first in the series already building up to being 3 dimensional. Setting - England nowadays Writing - In the first few chapters there were several distracting mistakes in word choice or sentence structure, but then it seems the editors started paying attention, since there were only one or two minor mistakes. Because I was probably not paying close enough attention, in the beginning I got the two main characters confused. Who's the married one? (Brock) Good plot. How did a male's body come to be in the grave of an elderly woman who recently passed away? The partners, Brock and Poole, come to know and appreciate each other as the new guy, Poole, establishes himself to his superior, Brock. At first I didn't think I was going to enjoy the story, so was almost skimming it. Several chapters in, I became invested in working out the puzzle.

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