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Lloyd and Hill Books In Order

Publication Order of Lloyd and Hill Books

A Perfect Match (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Redemption aka Murder At the Old Vicarage (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Dancer aka Gone to Her Death (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Murders of Mrs Austin and Mrs Beale (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Other Woman (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder... Now and Then (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Shred of Evidence (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Verdict Unsafe (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Picture of Innocence (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Plots and Errors (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scene of Crime (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Births, Deaths and Marriages aka Death in the Family (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unlucky for Some (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Jill McGown was born in the city of Campbeltown, Mull of Kintyre to an angler and a secretary. When she was ten years of age, the sudden failure of the fishing herring of Scotland forced her entire family to move to a Northamptonshire village that was being transformed by the advancement of huge steel and ironworks in the region. A majority of the workforce was made up of displaced Scotland’s. After completing her junior school education, Jill McGown attended the renowned Corby Grammar School. Her Latin teacher was one Colin Dexter, who is widely known for Inspector Morse book series. Jill was then admitted to Kettering technical college, where she left with a few formal qualifications.

McGown later worked as a secretary for the Corby Development Corporation, British Steel and a firm of solicitors. She eventually became a counselor through the company’s voluntary program. Jill McGown will be remembered for her contribution as one of the authors who successfully managed to shift the genre of crime writing into the modern world. Despite the fact that she used to follow the traditional skills of well-constructed plots, Jill McGown brought contemporary situations and characters by creating many engaging and thoughtful American procedural novels. Jill McGown is best known for her 13 novels, which featured the protagonist Sargent Judy Hill and Inspector Danny Lloyd.

The relationship between this characters was not only in their personal lives but also in their professional life as well. One of the outstanding elements of these novels was the author’s unique ability to handle the plot development. The protagonist in the Lloyd and Hill book series, Lloyd never had a first name, however after the adaptation of the series by Carlton, in the novel, A Shrewd of Evidence in the year 2001, Lloyd was given a second name. Her works received positive reviews from both her readers and critics. However, a majority of readers and critics belive that Jill McGowan never received the commercial success that she deserved. The book series, Lloyd, and Hill was selected for a television adaptation. However, the book never went beyond the plot.

Lloyd and Hill Series

A Perfect Match is the first book in the Lloyd and Hill book series. In this book, these two characters face their very first case together. The book begins as a body of a lady is found within a boathouse. The main suspect, who escorted the victim out of a part is not only believed to be guilty but is also believed to be missing. As the tow begin to conduct their investigation, they learn that there is more than what means the eye. The two main characters in this book not only have a history together but they have also worked together for so many years. Lloyd is currently divorced while Judy, on the other hand, is married. When they had worked before, Judy was single while Lloyd was married.

However, despite the fact that she is married, her marriage appears to be falling into pieces. It appears as if fate has once again brought them together. With that said, A Perfect Match is a police procedural novel. The story is exceedingly complex and will leave you wondering who the main suspect is.

Murder at the Old Vicarage is the second installment in the Hill and Lloyd book series. The great thing about this installment is that it has been narrated in a sequential timeline with only one narrator. Murder at the Old Vicarage has been set in the Christmas period. According to the Vicar, George Wheeler, the Vicar has a lack of faith, which according to him is a pre-requisite for the kind of job that he does. However, he is ably supported by the lack of faith, firmly ignored and disguised by his wife, Marian. The two are distressed when her husband, pays their young daughter, a visit to an exceedingly small village that is located outside Stansfield. Joanne had just been previously beaten by her husband and had returned to her family after an exceedingly serious incident.

On Christmas Eve, her husband is found beaten to death in his bed at Vicarage. The Chief Inspector, Lloyd, and Judy Hill are more than certain that this is a case, that they are going to solve without much effort. However, they soon find out that it was not as easy as they had previously thought. As they began to conduct their investigation, numerous alibi’s began to flow in, and the occupants of the Vicarage insist that Joanne’s husband was killed by an intruder. With that said, what really made this novel exceedingly interesting is the skillful misdirection, which was employed throughout the book. There are numerous convoluted relationships that are definitely going to dazzle the reader. One of the convoluted relationship includes that of Eleanor Langton, an exceedingly young playgroup attendee who resides within the castle grounds employed as an archivist. She has definitely caught the eye of the Vicar, and he had some unholy thoughts about Eleanor.

For Hill and Lloyd, this is exceedingly complex since there are numerous confessions and timelines, which do not fit with the time that the death occurred. With that said, Christmas is an exceedingly great setting especially for a murder mystery because you definitely have all the family and angst, which tends to amount to the same thing, competition for the forced merriment. The author has used this aspect to bring a contemporary feel to the book. At the very beginning, Lloyd and Hill are having an affair, which dates back. However, due to the fact that Judy Hill has moved back into the area, the affair has reignited. Due to the fact that it is Christmas Eve and all the families being around it can be exceedingly hard to conduct any serious assassination. With that said, this is an excellent read that will definitely keep you entertained.

There are two key elements that have been highlighted in the Murder at the Old Vicarage, murder, a relationship of the police officers investigation the murder and those involved around and in the murder. All these elements were quite absorbing. The character development in this novel is quite superb.

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