Bitter Poison

The Village Mysteries

Book 5
Severn House Publishers Ltd
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Holiday panto drama is overshadowed when tragedy strikes a Christmas party in this mystery that will “delight fans of the English countryside” (Kirkus Reviews).
 
Frog End, that most quintessential of English villages, is preparing for its annual Christmas pantomime. This year, it’s Hans Christian Andersen’s dark fairytale The Snow Queen. Local busybody Marjorie Cuthbertson is on the hunt for her leading lady—and who better to play the icy queen than beautiful new resident, ex-model Joan Dryden. But as interested as they are in their new neighbors, the residents of Frog End remain wary of the Dryden family, considering them aloof Londoners.
 
The townspeople have bigger things to worry about, however. Mystery engulfs the village when a cast member collapses and dies at a Christmas party, having consumed a rogue mince pie. Was the death an accident . . . or was it a malicious revenge strategy masked as an allergic reaction? The Colonel makes it his business to find out.
 
Part of the Village Mystery series
 
“As cozy as a mug of hot chocolate and a roaring fire, this one will hold strong appeal for genre fans.” —Booklist
 
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About the author

Margaret Mayhew was born in London and her earliest childhood memories were of the Blitz. She began writing in her mid-thirties and had her first book published in 1976. She is married to American aviation author Philip Kaplan and lives in Gloucestershire.

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Publisher
Severn House Publishers Ltd
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Published on
Apr 1, 2016
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Pages
160
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ISBN
9781780107448
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General
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Set largely on the Essex coast before the war, Matt, Guy, and their young cousin Lizzie meet up for holidays and bum around in an old boat. Guy is the eldest, handsome, skilled at everything, a tad selfish. Matt is quieter and has a crippled right arm. Lizzie adores them both, to the extent of putting up with being sea-sick everytime they go out in the old boat and continually getting bashed on the head by the sail. These are idyllic days of sun, and sea, the golden era of the thirties.

Lizzie's father is a doctor and, as the thirties progress, they take the daughter of a Viennese colleague into their home, a Jewish girl called Anna, who is miserable and hates England, and misses her Jewish family and friends. The fifth child to join them is Otto, son of a German diplomat, reared in the best traditions of the Hitler doctrine and destined for the army. These five have a tense and highly involved relationship as they grow up. Anna is resented by the English boys but one of them eventually comes to love her. Otto's relationship with her is more complicated. She is, after all, a Jew. They have one wonderful day together when somehow their rivalries are forgotten as they fight the sea in the little ship, and when they all write their names on the mast. Then the world explodes into war and they all go their separate ways. They all meet again at Dunkirk. Anna getting out from France at the last moment with the help of Guy, Otto as part of the victorious Reich, and Lizzie and Matt taking the little ship over to save them from the beaches.

It is strong, wonderful, atmospheric, romantic with intriguing characters, all involved with each other in love/hate relationships.

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