Murder in the Development

A Missing Man. A Vandalized Home. Another Mystery for Diane Dimbleby.

Diane gets a surprise visit one day from Monique, a young woman whose husband Jonathan has gone missing and whose house has been vandalized.   She wants Diane to help find out what happened.

Diane finds out that Jonathan had made several enemies as a result of his job but did anyone hate him enough though to commit murder?  That is what Diane must find out quickly because if somebody killed Jonathan, they would have no hesitation in killing again in order to cover it up.

A curious writer. A determined detective. A missing man. Murder in the Development: A Diane Dimbleby Cozy Mystery is part of a series of books by author Penelope Sotheby.

If you are a fan of cozy mysteries that contain an ingenious but modest woman sleuth then you will love this Diane Dimbleby adventure.

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Reviews for “Murder in the Development”

For me, this could go on to become a real classic ‘cozy’ mystery, and i think that it is easily the best that I have read this year. Godiva 2000

The writing is clear and well-done and the series keeps getting better and better. If you want a fun to read mystery that you will love, this is for you. catwoman1a

Excellent read. This is a good story that keeps you guessing. Ann Stanmore

Murder in the Development is a well crafted mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. Penelope Sotheby did an excellent job with her careful plotting. I liked the surprising twists that kept me guessing. The ending was a shocker. Rosemary

This book had lots of believable red herrings, and after I finished the book I had to go back and find one of the clues that pointed Diane in the right direction. sdgrandma

The story was filled with interesting ways our hero detective organized her research, raised an issue with behaviors related to “synesthesia,” and enough possible conclusions to make it interesting to the “Oh my, really!” end. I found Penelope’s characters, especially Diane Dimbleby (a good reason to read the whole series), were well developed and offered a nice twist to the Miss Marple-style detective. This was a great read! I am eager to check out the rest of the series… Kathleen C

I love her books! Glad to add her to my fav authors! Joanne

This was my first book by Sotheby but it won’t be my last. Murder in the Development is a well constructed cozy mystery Literary Rabbit

I was going to save this book until I was on vacation. Thought I would just read a page or two….I was hooked from the beginning and had to finish it. It is so well written, the characters are nicely developed and interesting. Cannot wait to read more by Ms. Sotheby’s.  D. Seibert

There are many suspects to choose from and the culprit is not easily determined until the end of the book. Linda G

I absolutely adored this book. I simply couldn’t put it down. Mother of 6

I have read all the books in this series and they just keep getting better and better. Bev

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