Death and the Pregnant Virgin

  • Title: Death and the Pregnant Virgin
  • Author: S.T. Haymon
  • ISBN: 9781447224983
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • Death and the Pregnant Virgin The discovery in a Norfolk village of an ancient statue of the Virgin Mary believed to promote fertility leads to the brutal murder of Rachel Case herself a maiden and the Virgin s leading disciple
    The discovery in a Norfolk village of an ancient statue of the Virgin Mary, believed to promote fertility, leads to the brutal murder of Rachel Case, herself a maiden and the Virgin s leading disciple Inspector Ben Jurnet finds the clues to this modern murder lie far back in the past.

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    About S.T. Haymon


    1. One of the purest lyric voices in the mystery field New York Times Book ReviewSylvia Theresa Haymon was born in Norwich, and is best known for her eight crime fiction novels featuring the character Inspector Ben Jurnet Haymon also wrote two non fiction books for children, as well as two memoirs of her childhood in East Anglia.The Ben Jurnet series enjoyed success in both the UK and the US during Haymon s lifetime Ritual Murder 1982 won the prestigious CWA Silver Dagger Award from the Crime Writers Association Stately Homicide 1984 , a skilful variation on the country house mystery, was praised by the New York Times as a brilliantly crafted novel of detectionylish serious fiction , and favourably compared to the work of Dorothy L Sayers.


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    1. I found this book on my bookcase and was amused to see by the price and copyright date that it's probably been there 30 years! Nothing like having good books tucked away in corners, like having money in the bank.Death and the Pregnant Virgin is the first of Haymon's eight mystery novels featuring detective Ben Jurnet. I've read most of the other ones, although not recently. I know she was a brilliant writer but I sometimes had problems with the darkness of her stories, and with what I perceived [...]

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    2. BOTTOM LINE: Very good cosy police procedural, British style, from an author not much remembered now, unfortunately. The first of eight featuring Inspector Ben Jurnet, in tone and setting Haymon's style is similar to another of my favorites from the same period, Dorothy Simpson - both feature quiet movement of a well-worked-out plot, sharp characterizations, and rural settings, focused upon a nice, not pretentious, policeman. Look forward to #2 RITUAL MURDER, 1982. The little village of Mauthen [...]

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    3. This is the first book I’ve read by S J Haymon and I shall definitely be reading her others. Death and the Pregnant Virgin is a crime novel in the mould of the Golden Age of British crime stories written by such authors as Ngaio Marsh and Agatha Christie. The Norfolk village of Mauthen Barbery regularly sees an influx of pilgrims to a shrine which is supposed to promote fertility and helps the infertile to conceive. Rachel Case is masterminding the current festival and when she is found murder [...]

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    4. I thoroughly enjoyed this old style British procedural. It had fine rich characters and intriguing twists without any gore or violence. However, the beginning was SO SLOW! I almost stopped reading because it was so wordy and slow. I will be reading more of this series just because I enjoy Jurnet.

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    5. The first of the series featuring DI Benjamin Jurnet. In this series opener, the village of Mauthen Barbary is in the midst of a pilgrimage. It seems that one of the local squires had earlier dug up a valuable wooden statue known as Our Lady of Promise; to this statue women would come and pray for a child. This had been going on for centuries; one of its most famous petitioners was none other than Henry VIII and his then wife, Jane Seymour. So now, there are about 4000 people who've come to make [...]

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    6. A mystery involving a medieval relic? Count me in! I enjoyed this story and was kept guessing until the end. The characters were well drawn and believable, except, to me, for the detective. Jurnet was rather a boring figure who could have been replaced just as well with anyone else. Still, I would recommend this to anyone who likes English mysteries.

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    7. A rollicking good read! As others have commented, somewhat dated in style but this adds to its charm. I shall definitely read Sylvia Haymon's other Ben Jurnett books. They are of particular interest as I live where they are set.If you enjoy Agatha Christie, you'll enjoy the Benefits Jurnett series.

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    8. A bit dated now, thirty years after its publication (and I think that it was set in a time earlier than that?) but enjoyable.

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    9. Good classical mystery novel. A little slow at the beginning perhaps.A convincing rendering of Norfolk.

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