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Paperback Postscript to Poison Book

ISBN: 0915230771

ISBN13: 9780915230778

Postscript to Poison

(Book #1 in the Chief Inspector Dan Pardoe Series)

This English author's first book, first published in England in 1937, introduces Inspector Dan Pardoe who looks into the death of an old lady in an English village. When this book first appeared, The Times of London said Miss Dorothy Bowers should make a name in detective fiction. And she no doubt would have had she not succumbed to TB at the age of 46 after only five novels, all of which will be reprinted by The Rue Morgue Press. Dorothy L. Sayers...


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golden age

Written in the fairplay school of detection with characters fully delineated. It was a joy to read because it was written just before WW2 and certainly has all the flavor from that period. I'm just sorry this author died so young before she had a chance to write more as she certainly had a gift for it.

All clues are in plain sight

As a member of the prestigious Detection Club founded by the famous Dorothy L. Sayers, Dorothy Bowers' career was short. She wrote five detective novels in the tradition of the old fashioned "fair play" principle. She died of tuberculosis at the early age of 46, after producing her mysteries between 1938 and 1947. The Rue Morgue Press is graciously reprinting all five Bowers novels to the delight of audiences worldwide. Dorothy Bowers has been compared to Dorothy Sayers, and her mysteries were enthusiastically reviewed at the time. Mrs. Cornelia Lackland is an erstwhile actress who married above her station and was unfaithful to her husband. When he dies, she is in complete charge of her granddaughters by marriage, Jenny Hernshaw and Carol Quentin. Jenny and Carol live in complete subjugation to their selfish and arrogant grandmother's wishes. Dr. Tom Faithful, the doctor who is ministering to Cornelia, is a favorite of hers and figures into the story every step of the way. Cornelia changes her will on a whim every year or so and completely terrorizes not only her family but also the butler, parlormaid, and housemaid. But there is much more simmering under the surface, and the sudden poisoning of Mrs. Lackland gives Chief Inspector Dan Pardoe of Scotland Yard and Sergeant Salt, Pardoe's right-hand man, a twisted trail of deceit and secrets that eventually puts everyone at risk: "'Part of my job, Miss Quentin, getting to know as fully as possible the people with whom we've got to deal. Looked at like that, nothing's irrelevant.' He lowered his voice. 'Don't, in the next day or two, confide too readily in anybody in the house. I don't want you to be alarmed, but it's just as well to feel that until your grandmother's murderer is discovered nobody-nobody is free from danger.'" Dorothy Bowers was an Oxford graduate who wrote with a passion for word play and the full exploration of her characters. Her plots were intricate and enticing, and her mysteries were carefully worked out puzzles according to the etiquette of mystery writing. All clues are in plain sight, with the reader knowing as much as the detective before the case is solved. Still, her tales leave most readers baffled up until the very end, and therein lies the fun. It's a pity that Bowers didn't have a chance to produce a comprehensive body of work, because her talent is evident. Shelley Glodowski Senior Reviewer
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