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Before The Poison by Peter Robinson.. A ghost story, a crime novel, some period architecture and a rummage through some musty but lusty journals? Who could wish for much more. Murder done right.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Robinson outdoes Daphne du Maurier in creating the proper atmosphere for the imaginative fancies of a grief-stricken man. Winds wail, snows fall and floorboards creak, accompanied by the melancholy strains of the sonata Chris is composing on Grace’s grand piano. But it’s not all shadows on the wall and creepy sound effects. Once Chris gets his hands on Grace’s journals, written when she was a battlefield nurse in World War II, the ghostly revenant whose presence he feels in the house is swept aside by the vital woman who emerges from these pages."

The New York Times

"After so many novels have centred on the solving of a decades-old murder, how is it possible to come up with something unhackneyed in this much-trodden territory? Peter Robinson's solution in Before the Poison is not exactly innovatory, and the cracking in the present of a long-forgotten mystery from the past has many antecedents – Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time, for one. But for an old hand at the crime genre such as Robinson, there are still fresh angles to be found."

The Independent

Author bio: "Among Peter Robinson’s award-winning Inspector Banks novels, there are titles which have been named ""Best Book of the Year"" by Publishers Weekly, a ""Notable Book"" by The New York Times, and a “Page Turner of the Week” by People. Robinson was born and brought up in Yorkshire, England, and now divides his time between North America and the UK." More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (368 pp. Gothicky-good: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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