PLOT: During World War II a small village outside Dublin is mostly worried about the upcoming flower show, although shortages caused by the war are also a bother. Gardening is an intense interest to more than one inhabitant, including Lucy Bex, who lives with her brother while his son is away in service with England. When a newly arrived neighbor dies from monkshood root poisoning it first appears a terrible accident, but Lucy -- and the Guard -- soon begin to believe it was murder. Suspects include the widower, the victim's son, the cook, the gardener, and a few of the neighbors, REVIEW: an easy-to-read whodunit that moves along at a leisurely pace, and has some nice insights in to what living in Ireland in the war years was like. It's solution is not a "what the..?" one, but it's still a satisfying time getting to the end.
Solid, pleasant mystery
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 16 years ago
This book, while 60+ years old, is still readable and good company. While not exciting or terribly suspenseful, it finds occupies a middle ground we don't see much anymore-- intelligence without political or social agendas, accuracy without tedious (and often rather graphic) detail, and a good story, well written and plotted. In comparison to other mysteries of the same period, this veers more towards Agatha Christie than Dorothy Sayers, but is by no means as formulaic as Christie's works.
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