The death of menacing old man Adam Penhallow, on the eve of his birthday, seems at first to be by natural causes. But Penhallow had ruled his Cornish roost with an iron will and a sharp tongue, playing one relative against another and giving both servants and kin cause to hate him, so that when... show more
The death of menacing old man Adam Penhallow, on the eve of his birthday, seems at first to be by natural causes. But Penhallow had ruled his Cornish roost with an iron will and a sharp tongue, playing one relative against another and giving both servants and kin cause to hate him, so that when it emerges that he was poisoned, there are more than a dozen prime suspects.
Publish date: 2007-01-04
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
I went into Penhallow thinking that this was a murder mystery. I was wrong about that. This was a bleak and depressing drama about a dysfunctional family, a family drama which I didn´t enjoy. And I tend to like stories about dysfunctional families and I don´t mind bleak stories. But there is just...
‘You’re right, sir. A very unsatisfactory case,’ the Inspector said. I don't mind a bleak story. I even prefer a bleak story to a cheesy happy one, but I do mind mind boredom and exaggerated drama. So, when Penhallow's first 300 pages (of a 458 page book) could have been adequately achieved in 80 ...
... in the order in which they're appearing on my card (not the order in which they've read them). Soooo ... in this year's twist on RL doing its best trying to throw a spanner in the works of Halloween Bingo fun, I've been spending the better part of the month either sitting around in conference ...
I am not quite sure what to say about this book. Adam Penhallow, the man who will eventually become the victim, like Simeon Lee from Hercule Poirot's Christmas, is utterly loathesome. He is the classic early twentieth century affluent male demanding that all of his relatives dance attendance upon hi...
Ah, now I get the Heyer love. Picked this up because several of my GR and BL friends swear by Heyer. It was enjoyable. More of a domestic drama than a flat out mystery. It's like a forerunner of Ruth Rendell when she is/was writing as Barbara Vine.Heyer looks at a family that is under the thumb of t...
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