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Flight of a Witch (Felse #3)

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  337 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Annet Beck's beauty is of the second order and it worries her parents so much that they guard her as closely as a prisoner...until the rainy Thursday in October when she disappears.

Annet is last seen vanishing over the crest of Hallomount, a hill in the remote Welsh Country believed to be the domain of witches. Five days later she mysteriously reappears, claiming that she

Mass Market, 232 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Mysterious Press (first published 1964)
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Flight of a Witch by Ellis Peters differs from her historical novels set in the early 12th century featuring Brother Cadfael. Decades ago I enjoyed reading this mystery series with its abundance of colorful descriptive details of Medieval England. I doubted this book, set in the mid-20th century, would measure up to those mysteries. Fortunately, it is a satisfying tale, lush with description of the Welsh and English border country, and characters representing "modern" as well as traditional Brit ...more
Nicely written, kind of atmospheric, but a little bit caught up in itself. The characters were well distinguished from each other; yet somehow it was still sometimes hard to figure out which point of view was being told. It was interesting to see how very delicately the whole society trod to try to preserve whatever was possible of a young girl's reputation - definitely dating this book to its 1965 publication.
I usually like Ellis Peters, and I liked this one. However, it was not as "mystical" as the blurb implied. That was okay, since mysticism didn't fit, but the blurb wasn't suitable in my opinion. Small town in Scotland, with a teacher besotted by an 18 year old girl, who is recognized at the scene of a brutal murder, and the search for the killer.
#3 in the Inspector George Felse mystery series set in rural Wales. Good mystery involving a girl's mysterious disappearance that becomes a murder/robbery investigation. A lot of red herrings along the way, but a story that starts slowly but holds your attention.
"Annet Beck has the kind of breathtaking beauty that strikes people dumb, and young teacher Tom Kenyon, a lodger in her parents;' house, is no exception. When Annet disappears, last seen on the Hallowmount, an historic border site with an eerie reputation, Tom determines to find out where and why: Annet is adamant she's been away a mere two hours but there is irrefutable evidence that she has been gone for five days. What is the explanation? Deliberate deceit? Amnesia? Or witchcraft?

"Tom's amate
Matthew Mitchell
George Felse is my second favorite fictional detective (Lord Peter Wimsey first, and the great Sherlock Holmes at third), and this is one of the best in the Felse Family canon.

I just re-read "Flight of a Witch" this week and loved every word. Ellis Peters knew how to spin a tale so that you were carried along through the mystery, experienced each character, amazed by the plot twists, and satisfied by the ending.
I thought the Felse book I read previously must be the first in the series chronologically as Dominic Felse was at University in it. Here he is still at school and a more dominant part in the proceedings is played by his police inspector father, who presumably is the Felse referred to in the series, although he did not feature in The Piper on the Mountain.
Peters shows her usual ability to weave plot and characters together, but here there was not for me the overwhelming identity with the charac
Ram Kaushik
Average. The aura of mysticism implied by the marketing blurb is totally dispelled by a far more prosaic explanation.
From Publishers Weekly

This trio of novels by the author of the acclaimed Brother Cadfael mysteries features Detective Chief Inspector George Felse, said to be among the best-portrayed British policemen in fiction today.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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When beautiful Annet Beck disappears into the remote Welsh Country believed to be the domain of witches and returns five days later, claiming she was only gone for two hours, Detective Inspector George Felse st

Decent mystery that kept me guessing.
Dee Condon
I love finding a new author! Beautifully written & a clever plot.
Astrid Neumeier
I think that if I had read this book before any other Ellis Peters books, I might not have read more. It's all right, but it's taking me about three times as long to get through as the two other Peters books I've read. It's not what I'd call "gripping." Still, I like the author's style, and it's a fairly pleasant and light read.
This was an enjoyable mystery, although I do not think it is as good as her Brother Cadfael stories. The main problem is that is that she sets up an environment in which the supernatural is expected, but never occurs, - because fundamentally the author is too modern and too rational, as befits a mystery author.
Peters creates fascinating character studies that add to her contribution to the world of not-to-miss British whodunits. This one is no exception, with teacher Tom Kenyon totally entranced with young Annet Beck.
Okay mystery. I'm not sure I'll keep reading the series. Ken has read three more than I have and says they are good when he has nothing better to read. I've been really busy.
I would have given this book more stars but it took me nearly 100 pages to get adjusted to the writing style. Once i did, i enjoyed the read thoroughly.
A rather heart-rending mystery that unfortunately has a memorable solution, which is a problem when you like to re-read as much as I do.
Hmm...not my favorite Ellis Peters by far, but entertaining. I'm not sure I remember all of it, so it couldn't have been that good...
This is an odd, quirky mystery - okay because of the very good character sketches drawn by the author... otherwise, nothing exemplary
A strange disappearance and a horrific murder lead teacher Tom Felse to carry out his own investigation.
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Edith Mary Pargeter, OBE, BEM (September 28, 1913 in Horsehay, Shropshire, England –October 14, 1995) was a prolific author of works in many categories, especially history and historical fiction, and was also honoured for her translations of Czech classics; she is probably best known for her murder mysteries, both historical and modern. Born in the village of Hor
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