Before the Poison

Before the Poison

Large Print - 2012
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"The accomplished Robinson never disappoints, mixing well-developed characterizations with edge-of-the-seat action."
--New Orleans Times-Picayune

"Make no mistake, he's among the very best."
--The Times (London)

Already justifiably acclaimed for his bestselling crime fiction novels featuring British Chief Inspector Alan Banks ("The best series now on the market" --Stephen King), Peter Robinson delivers a truly stunning standalone thriller, Before the Poison. Brilliantly combining the rich, atmospheric narrative of his award-winning In a Dry Season with the twists and suspense of the noir classic Laura, Before the Poison tells the riveting story of a composer who comes to the scene of a notorious crime and becomes obsessed with a beautiful, mysterious, and possibly very dangerous woman. Evocatively set in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, Before the Poison is a masterful tale of mystery and suspense from the Anthony and Edgar#65533; Award winner whose extraordinary fiction Janet Maslin of the New York Times compared to, "the masculine, brooding work of Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, George P. Pelecanos, and Jonathan Kellerman."

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2012.
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition
ISBN: 9780062107039
Characteristics: 594 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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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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