Friday, January 15, 2016

Bitter Poison: An English village cosy featuring The Colonel by Margaret Mayhew

They're getting ready to put on another performance by their little theater group in the village.  This year they are going to do something different:  They'll do a fairy tale.  The forceful lady scheduling the event thinks she's adding a bit of class to the performance.  She doesn't know she's adding murder...

Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.

They have some new people in town.  The man is on TV and his wife used to be a model.  The play is the Snow Queen and they decide his wife would be a good choice for that lead.  The difficulty is that she doesn't want to do it.  She gets convinced by her husband and friends to do it.  The Colonel is asked to make the sledge she will ride on.  He's not sure he can but his neighbor offers him the wood and a suggestion on how to accomplish it.  He'll try.

Reading about the village's odd characters and knowing how small town plays work makes reading this book fun.  This murder is actually revenge over something that happened in the past.  I was a bit dissatisfied with the ending because the murderer gets away.  There's no proof to show the police.  It just shows you how dangerous someone you never even notice can be.

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