"Oh Christ, remember me, as evening falls and shadows darken the day" Inscription in a country churchyard.
And so starts an excellent Mitchell and Markby mystery by Ann Granger.
Superintendent Alan Markby and Meredith Mitchell become involved in solving the disappearance of a teenage girl 12 years before after her body is uncovered accidentally in a graveyard. Clues point in different directions and the couple doesn't always work together in their investigations (Mitchell is a government worker who has a tendency to get involved when she shouldn't much to Markby's consternation.)
The setting for the story sounds like what most people imagine when they think of an English village; an old church with an equally old graveyard, village life with a butcher shop, the odd village characters. But this book contains more. Mrs. Granger, instead of just writing blindly about people, understands that there are reasons for the way that each character acts. Experiences make us and bring out our inner good or bad.
Their stories are thoughtfully interwoven in a way that makes you want to continue to the next page instead of giving up in the middle of the story and returning the book back to the shelf..