Before the Poison

Before the Poison

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Through the years of success in Hollywood composing music for the world's most lauded films, Chris always promised his wife they would return to the Yorkshire Dales one day. Now, after his wife's death, Chris feels he must not forget his promise. Back in the Dales, he rents an isolated house that will allow him the space to come to terms with his grief and the quiet to allow him to compose his piano sonata. But when he finds that the house was the scene of a murder in the 1950s, and that the convicted murderer was one of the last women hanged in England, he finds himself increasingly distracted by the events of sixty years.
ISBN: 9780062004796
Branch Call Number: M ROBINSON
Characteristics: 358 p


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Dec 05, 2018

Absolutely fabulous. Definitely one of Peter Robinson's best - a great mix of plot, character development and revelation, historical background, atmosphere. I give it five stars!

Nov 08, 2017

This book has an interesting premise, but the author is more interested in describing EVERYTHING - food, drink, clothes, houses, furniture, travel plans - than in advancing the plot.

Dec 01, 2014

I enjoyed this story even more than the Insp. Banks series.

Feb 06, 2014

A different type of Robinson novel, one without detectives. Story starts at the end of the tale and ends where it started from. Robinson fills in the details in between to show what led to the husband's murder by a person, his wife, who is described as being incapable of such a deed. One can see Robinson looking for plots in books like "Famous Trials".

ehbooklover Aug 06, 2013

An atmospheric and compelling mystery. The story is effectively told from three different perspectives: that of the protagonist, from excerpts taken from a book titled "Famous Trials", and from Grace's own WWII diary. The slow pace allows for the suspense to build and for the reader to really get to know the characters. A great read!

RickVanderlinde Jun 13, 2013

Robinson creates hypnotic atmosphere in this book.

May 23, 2013

I put this book down for a bit because I originally found it slow and difficult to get into in. I'm very glad that I picked it up again. The story unfolds gradually on several different levels and pulls you deeper and deeper into the psychological mystery and the motives of the main character. In the end, I enjoyed it as much, if not more, than the wonderful Inspector Banks mysteries.

BPLNextBestAdults Oct 16, 2012

Fans of Peter Robinson will savor this riveting psychological murder mystery set in the fifties in Yorkshire, England. Chris Lowndes, a Hollywood musical composer has purchased a large mansion in the village of Kilnsgate. Sixty years ago there was a horrific murder in that mansion. The doctor’s wife, Grace Fox poisoned her husband and was hung for the deed.
Once Chris finds out about the murder in this house he wants to find out more details about Fox. He speaks with the local folk and also sets out to France and Cape Town where he finally is able to piece together the mystery of this case.
Strong character development and lots of suspense make this a riveting read.

Jun 30, 2012

Good story made me want to finish the book. Uneven writing was a problem. Some passages are beautifully written, others read like cliched romance fiction writing.

Jun 19, 2012

Enjoyed this. Interesting characters and an interesting mystery. Won't be counted among my faves, but still a book worth reading.

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