285th out of 323 books — 101 voters
Season of Snows and Sins (Inspector Henry Tibbett Mystery #11)
Henry and Emmy Tibbett are on a holiday in the picturesque Alpine village of Montarraz when a popular ski instructor is murdered, apparently by his long-suffering wife, who was distraught after his affair with Giselle Arnay, the French film star. Yet the jet-set crowd with whom Giselle shares a ski chalet seem almost too anxious to see the young widow found guilty, leading...more
Paperback, Owl Book, 217 pages
Published April 28th 1983 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston
(first published 1971)
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This book is set right after Many Deadly Returns and again has a few irritating high-society types, but they do not play as large a role as in the previous book. The story is written from the point of view of 3 different people: Jane (friend of Emmy & Henry, currently living in Switzerland), Emmy, and Sylvie (a wealthy, politically connected French woman who has a vacation home near Jane). Each POV gives different insights. Jane and Emmy's stories proceed roughly chronologically, but Emmy's...more
A good mystery in the style of Agatha Christie, this story takes place in Switzerland and features Chief Superintendent of Scotland Yard Henry Tibbett and his wife Emily. When they go to visit a friend in Montarraz, they are drawn into the case of a young woman who was falsely accused and convicted of murdering her husband. They recognize her innocence and work hard to get her out of the convent where she is cloistered awaiting the birth of her baby and to save her from having to go to jail for...more
I had read this series a couple of decades ago, and was going to reread them before trading the books at a used bookstore. This book at least is a cut above the normal mystery, and better than I had remembered. There are very human elements in the characters in this relatively short book, as well as traditional British police work.
Moyes was born in Dublin on 19 January 1923 and was educated at Overstone girls' school in Northampton. She joined the WAAF in 1939. In 1946 Peter Ustinov hired her as technical assistant on his film School for Secrets. She became his personal assistant for the next eight years. In 1960 she wrote the screenplay for the film School for Scoundrels starring Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, and Alastair...moreMore about Patricia Moyes...