Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bitter Poison

We are halfway through the week.  I was doing some yard work today.  Trimming the trees (I was supposed to have done it months ago), picking up leaves (they are still falling like crazy), etc.  I am beginning to see why people like condos!  Did you know . . . Sidney Poitier made history by becoming the first African-American (we are the only country to use the politically correct phrasing) to win an Oscar for Best Actor in 1964! President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates a memorial to Thomas Jefferson on the Tidal Basin in 1943 on the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth.  Because of the war and metal shortage, the statute will not be added until 1947.  In 1870 the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded and James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming in 1902 (what would he think of his current stores).  

Bitter Poison by Margaret Mayhew is An English Village Cosy.  Frog End Players are preparing their Christmas offering (play) and Marjorie Cuthbertson is recruiting everyone to assist.  They have decided to perform The Snow Queen.   The only person who could play the part is newcomer Joan Dryden (who looks down on the villagers).  The play is a hit and everyone retires to the after party.  Joan suddenly is choking and her husband, Kenneth is calling for her Epi-pen.  The Epi-pen cannot be found (it should be in her bottomless purse).  Joan is rushed to the hospital but does not survive.  Turns out that Joan is allergic to nuts and she ate a pastry that contained nuts.  Was it accidental or did someone deliberately sabotage Joan?  The Colonel (Hugh) decides to look into the matter and find out who is responsible.

Bitter Poison was extremely disappointing.  The story is charming, but the mystery took a backseat.  The murder did not occur until I was 70% through the novel.  I could have told you who was going to die and the killer at about 25% (or earlier).  I kept hoping for a surprise (a twist), but I did not get one.  The ending was a big letdown.  Bitter Poison was a snoozefest.  If you just want a cute story on village life, you will enjoy the book.  If you want a book with a good mystery, then this is not the book for you.  I give Bitter Poison 2.75 out of 5 stars.  Bitter Poison is easy to read (nicely written), has quirky characters, and a gorgeous setting.  If it contained a twisty mystery, it would have been superb.

Other Village Mystery books are The Seventh Link and Dry Bones. I received a complimentary copy of Bitter Poison from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest review of the novel.

I am going to go cook my dinner. I am currently enjoying Tumbledown Manor by Helen Brown.  On a funny note, my mother has discovered adult coloring books!  She wants me to get her some.  This should be interesting.  I hope all of you have a wonderful, Wednesday evening. Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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